Legislative Update by Joe Furia

Greg Ensell, Vice President of Government Relations

Today marks the 46th day of legislative session. In that short time, AzHHA has made progress on many of its priorities and addressed many proposals pushed forward by other interests.

AzHHA and its partners have strongly supported HB 2322 that would require commercial health insurers to credential physicians and load them into their billing systems within a reasonable time. Additionally, this bill requires pay claims from and after the date a physician’s credentials are approved. This proposal has faced stiff opposition from the insurers and is still a work in progress. It has required a substantial advocacy effort, including direct lobbying and grasstops/ grassroots mobilization. Thank you to hospital leaders who have directly contacted their respective legislators and the 218 healthcare advocates who have responded to the AzHHA action alert.

In addition, AzHHA has helped protect the hospitals assessment from the addition of AHCCCS services which do not benefit the hospitals that pay it. Specifically, AzHHA and its partners have secured amendments that prohibit the use of assessment funds to pay for any chiropractic and/or naturopathic services prospectively covered by AHCCCS.

Annual Leadership Conference Sponsorship Opportunity by Joe Furia

John Koeneke, Vice President of Business Development 

Are you interested in becoming a sponsor for AzHHA’s Annual Leadership Conference this October 25 – 26 in Marana, AZ? Don’t miss this opportunity to meet and network with over 200 Arizona healthcare CEO’s, executives, trustees and community partners. Please contact John Koeneke at 602-445-4313 with any questions regarding sponsorships. To view the meeting prospectus, click here.

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 March 16th. This 6-hour workshop trains community representatives and volunteers to facilitate the 2-hour Honoring a Life: Advance Care Planning Workshop. The target audiences are passionate volunteers who have an interest in teaching advance care planning. Click here to register. If you are interested in bringing this training to your community contact Karen Beckford.   

AzPHA 2018 Spring Conference by Joe Furia

Genesis Verduzco, Communications Manager 

Early Bird registration for The Arizona Public Health Association’s (AzPHA) 2018 Spring Conference is now available. This year’s theme focuses on Together for Tomorrow: Protecting Arizona's Children. Attendees will be able to explore opportunities for Arizona to prevent child mortality. In addition the conference will showcase interventions and best practices currently underway, and spark further dialogue about programs and policies that provide nurturing conditions in which children can thrive. For more information or to register, click here.

Point of Pride: St Luke’s Medical Center by Joe Furia

When faced with a life-or-death emergency, it’s important to know exactly what you should do before first responders arrive. Knowing which lifesaving skills to use in these critical minutes can help to save lives. St. Luke’s Medical Center will be holding free bleeding emergency responsiveness & CPR training session once a month in 2018 where the hospital’s nursing staff will teach everyday people how to medically react in the event of an emergency. RSVPs are required for every session, as space is limited. For more information, click here.