Update on Legislative Session by Joe Furia

Greg Ensell, Vice President of Government Relations 

We are 39 days into legislative session and a major deadline in the legislative process is upon us. Tomorrow is the last day for bills to be heard in their respective committees. In practical terms, this means that many of the approximately 1200 bills introduced this session will die. Irrespective of the deadline, AzHHA has successfully championed proposals on several issues that will continue moving through the legislative process, including but not limited to: the timelines for insurers to credential physicians, addressing business practices of some insurers that have resulted in fraud, and providing additional funding for Critical Access Hospitals.

Webinar: UnitedHealthcare on ED Coding and Reimbursement by Joe Furia

Jim Haynes, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer  

UnitedHealthcare will implement a new reimbursement policy effective March 1st that will apply to claims for certain services in the emergency department for commercial and Medicare Advantage plans, as well as Medicaid plans in some states. During an AHA members-only webinar Friday, Feb. 23rd, representatives from UnitedHealthcare will provide an overview of the new policy, as well as their analysis that led to this change. To register for the 2 p.m. ET webinar, click here.

Discounted Workers’ Compensation Program by Joe Furia

John Koeneke, Vice President of Business Development

At AzHHA, we are committed to delivering value to our members. We are proud to announce that we have partnered with the Arizona Risk Management & Safety Association (ARMSA) to provide a new and improved discounted workers’ compensation program to your facility.

Benefits of the AzHHA Discounted Workers’ Compensation Program include:

  • Carrier Schedule Credit: Discounts up to 25% off the standard workers’ compensation rates in Arizona.
  • AzHHA Membership Credit: Members receive an additional 10% discount on their policy premium just for being an AzHHA member.
  • Drug Free Workplace Credit: Qualifying AzHHA members will receive an additional 5% off their premium for adhering to the state of Arizona Drug Free Workplace Program.

To take advantage of this program or for more information, please contact John Koeneke.

New Pain Management Online Course by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs 

Amid the opioid crisis, the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine is offering a new online course that expands medical training for pain management. The 11-hour curriculum for “Integrative Approaches to Pain Management” builds on established principles of integrative medicine and UACIM’s 24-year history of integrative health education. The course, which contains all new content, offers CME credit for physicians and CE credit for nurses. For more information, or to enroll in the course, visit www.azcim.org/courses

National Hospital and Health System Laboratory and Outreach Survey by Joe Furia

John Koeneke, Vice President of Business Development

Accumen Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the 17th Annual National Hospital and Health System Laboratory and Outreach Survey. The survey is designed to capture intelligence on critical elements of the clinical laboratory business to identify strengths, weaknesses, success measures, and trends of hospital and health system clinical laboratory programs across the nation. There are 3 key pieces of information that you need to look up in advance:  total outreach test volume, estimated gross charges, and estimated net collection rate. All survey participants will receive a copy of our report and findings so you have all the latest information on key laboratory and outreach trends at your fingertips. As an incentive for the time given to complete the entire survey, we will conduct a drawing at the end of the collection period planned for on or about February 29th. The drawing will be for three (3) prizes equal to a $500 gift card.

Point of Pride: Mayo Clinic by Joe Furia

One year ago, our member Mayo Clinic Hospital, Arizona submitted their documents as part of their journey to Magnet designation. The Magnet Recognition Program recognizes healthcare organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. After 10 long months, Mayo Clinic Arizona was finally granted Magnet Designation. Congratulations to our member for receiving the ultimate credential for high quality nursing.