Insurers: Physician Credentialing by Joe Furia

Greg Ensell, Vice President of Government Relations

Last week, the Governor and Arizona Legislature successfully passed legislation to address the opioid crisis within our state. Yet, there is still more work to do. For example, the time it takes for insurers to credential physicians working at hospitals or in private practice. Several hospitals have reported that some insurers take between 75 to 90 days to credential providers and load them into their billing system up to 60% of the time. House bill 2322 would address this by placing time limits on insurers. Specifically, it would require insurers approve or deny credentials within 60 days and load approved providers into their billing systems within an additional 10 days.

AzHHA is helping lead the advocacy efforts of hospitals and providers. An important part of our advocacy effort is to provide hard data on credentialing timelines. This data supports our argument that this process is inadequate. If this is an issue that your hospital is facing please contact Greg Ensell.

MDC Adopts New Stroke Protocol by Joe Furia

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

The Arizona Department of Health Service’s Medical Direction Commission approved at its January meeting an update to the adult stroke protocol. The change will allow a stroke patient to be transported to a healthcare institution participating in a tele-stroke program, if approved by local protocol and medical direction.

Advance Care Planning Conversations Train the Trainer by Joe Furia

Karen Beckford, Director of Thoughtful Life Conversations

AzHHA’s Thoughtful Life Conversations program will be offering the Honoring a Life: Advance Care Planning Conversations Train the Trainer program on February 9th and 26th. These 6-hour workshops train community representatives and volunteers to facilitate the 2-hour Honoring a Life: Advance Care Planning Workshop. Train the Trainer expectations will be to successfully pass a post-test, co-facilitate training with an approved trainer, submit all required paperwork and commit to co-host future training sessions using set curricula. The target audiences are passionate volunteers who have an interest in teaching advance care planning. Click here to register for the February 9th or here to register for the February 26th training. If you are interested in bringing this training to your community contact Karen Beckford.  

Free Webinar: Social Determinants of Health in Vulnerable Communities by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Equality Health is hosting “Assessing, Addressing and Responding to Social Determinants of Health in Vulnerable Communities” on Tuesday, March 6th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Experts from four different healthcare sectors will discuss innovative solutions for managing the care and needs of vulnerable populations. Registration will open soon and offer 1 CEU provided by the National Association of Hispanic Nurses.

Point of Pride: University of Arizona Center for Rural Health by Joe Furia

In the midst of the statewide opioid crisis the University of Arizona Center for Rural Health has received $2.2 million in grant funds to fight opioids. In partnership with the ADHS Bureau of Emergency Medical Services and Trauma System UA Center for Rural Health will work in rural Arizona communities to instruct emergency medical services personnel, first responders, and family and community members on screening, briefly intervening and referring to treatment. This training program funded by the grant has the potential to save hundreds of lives in our state.