West Valley Special Election Heating Up by Joe Furia

Greg Ensell, Vice President of Government Relations

The resignation of longtime West Valley Congressman Trent Franks earlier this year has triggered a special election. Former Republican state Senator Debbie Lesko and Democratic newcomer Dr. Hiral Tipirneni who won their respective primaries in February are now facing off in the general election. Though the congressional district is a Republican stronghold, this year it is unexpectedly competitive for many reasons including a possible Democratic wave. Last Sunday, the candidates debated issues ranging from immigration to healthcare on 12 News’ Sunday Square Off. Watch the video below to learn more about the candidates and vote on or before April 24th.

Arizona Healthcare Decision Month: An Act of Love by Joe Furia

Sandy Severson, Vice President of Care Improvement

It’s always too early, until it’s too late - so start now! April is Healthcare Decision Month in Arizona and we encourage you to lead by example. Have the conversation with those you care about. Most of the time we tend to put off thinking about end-of-life until we are no longer able to do so. We encourage you to give the people you care about the gift of advance care planning.

Most healthcare workers join this field to help others and give back. As healthcare professionals, when we see the people we serve as patients, it is a way of warding off the human intimacy that true healing demands. When we choose to talk about something as fragile and meaningful as the end-of-life, it's as if that simple act has the power to bring people closer together, to ease the burden.For resources, visit Thoughtful Life Conversations and use the Arizona Healthcare Decision Month Toolkit. For more information contact Sandy Severson.

Special Pathogens Symposium by Joe Furia

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development 

Are we prepared to handle the next emerging disease threat? Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is pleased to present a one-day Special Pathogens Symposium in Los Angeles on April 30th. This one-day conference provides an interdisciplinary approach intended for hospital leaders and healthcare providers interested in learning more about regional preparedness efforts in the wake of the recent 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic. The program is designed to encourage participation and discussion, public health leaders at a federal, state, and local level will discuss current preparedness efforts for how the region would handle patients with high-consequence infections. For more information about this event or to register, click here.

DataGen Reports by Joe Furia

Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President Strategy and General Counsel

The following DataGen reports were sent by AzHHA Analytics to our members in February:

  • Readmissions Reduction Program Analysis                                             Sent 03/06/18
  • Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCIA) Analysis   Sent 03/12/18

If you would like a copy of your hospital report emailed to you, please email AzHHA Analytics.

DataGen reports are sent to hospitals as a part of AzHHA membership. DataGen utilizes Medicare analytics to create hospital-specific reports that support hospital operations, finance and enhance quality initiatives.

For more information on the 2018 DataGen schedule for release of DataGen reports, click here.

Point of Pride: HealthSouth Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital by Joe Furia

Earlier this month, our member HealthSouth Valley if the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital held their 2nd Annual HealthSouth Amputee Running Clinic. During this event attendees had the opportunity to be inspired by former HealthSouth patient and elite amputee runner Steve Martin as well as former Paralympic track coach Brian Hoddle and U.S. Paralympian and American Record Holder Lacey Henderson. In addition, participants were able to have access to state-of-the-art components for use and training purposes.