Governor Announces 20% Teacher Raise, Negotiates with Legislature by Joe Furia

Greg Ensell, Vice President of Government Relations

Last Thursday, Governor Ducey announced an ambitious plan to increase teacher salaries 20% by 2020. Now, he and the legislature are hard at work negotiating a budget that will fund it. As of Wednesday night, there has been no agreement on how to do so.

Governor Ducey submitted a budget proposal in January that included an AHCCCS fund shift that would result in a $35 million increase in the hospital assessment. Throughout legislative session it looked like this component would not be included in the final budget however, it resurfaced as one of several mechanisms to pay for the teacher raise on Friday.

AzHHA has been actively engaged to ensure that the final budget does not harm hospitals.

Two additional notes:

  • Tuesday evening, Governor Ducey signed Heather Carter’s physician credentialing bill, HB2322, into law, effective January 1, 2019.
  • The Senate version of the Governor’s proposed school safety bill, SB1519, will be heard in the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee today at 10am. Information on the bill can be found here.

Recent Rulings from the Arizona Court of Appeals by Joe Furia

Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President Strategy and General Counsel 

Arizona Court of Appeals recently ruled on two healthcare related cases. In Glenn H. v. Banner, the court ruled that the county court hotline used by hospitals to authorize medical treatment for non-consenting parents of a minor is not allowed under state law. In the case of Ansley v. Banner, the court ruled that federal law prohibits hospitals from enforcing the healthcare provider liens on AHCCCS patient accounts.

AzHHA Partners with Alagen by Joe Furia

John Koeneke, Vice President of Business Development

AzHHA is proud to announce its new affiliated partner Alagen, a Phoenix-based provider of cybersecurity services. Alagen will be serving AzHHA members’ needs for expert assistance with HIPAA/HITECH requirements and the HITRUST frameworks associated with overall data security. Through this partnership, AzHHA members receive exclusive pricing on services, such as multi-year Threat + Vulnerability Assessment programs, including semi-annual internal and/or external scanning, and annual penetration testing. For more information please contact John Koeneke or Amy Looper. For quick access to all of AzHHA no matter where you are, download our app available for both Apple and Android devices.

HRET HIIN Update by Joe Furia

Vicki Buchda, Director of Care Improvement

As we near 18 months of the Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN) work and data, AzHHA participating hospitals continue to show steady reductions in harms, more lives saved, and costs avoided. To date there have been 1552 harms prevented and $12,780,464 costs avoided. HRET HIIN has recently launched a new CEO Dashboard. This dashboard is in an easy to read color coded one-page PDF file that will be produced monthly and shared with the HIIN leads and CEOs. The 5th Annual HAI/HAC Summit is AzHHA HIIN’s signature event and we encourage our hospital members to attend on May 23rd.

Healthcare – Innovations for Business and Their People Luncheon by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Registration is now open for Priority: Healthcare – Innovations for Businesses and their People luncheon on April 27th at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. We are a proud partner with this preeminent healthcare event for businesses and are pleased to pass along a discounted rate for attendees. When you register, use promo code AzHHA and you will receive $10 off. Hear from top local healthcare professionals who will discuss innovations, cost savings and opportunities for businesses and their employees. Building a healthier workplace benefits business.

Point of Pride: LifePoint Health by Joe Furia

Last month our member LifePoint Health, a system that includes Valley View Medical Center and Havasu Regional Medical Center, has been recognized with the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award. This award presented by The Joint Commission to recognizes major achievements in healthcare quality and patient safety. Eisenberg honorees must have successfully implemented initiatives that are consistent with the aims of the federal National Quality Strategy – which include better care, healthy people and communities, and smarter spending – and focused on improving overall quality by making healthcare patient-centered, reliable, accessible and safe.