Connection Newsletter by Joe Furia

CMS Suspends Risk Adjustment Payments for 2017 Benefit Year
$10.4 billion in risk adjustment transfers for benefit year 2017 have been put on hold. Read

Healthcare Professionals a Critical Lifeline for Sex Trafficking Victims
Upcoming conference to give providers more tools. Read

SAVE THE DATE—Educational Program for Trustees and Advisory Board Members
Educational program for hospital trustees and advisory board coming this Fall. Read

Professional and Community Education on Having the End-of-Life Conversation
Gain the skills necessary for quality conversations about advance care planning. Read

Whitepaper on the Intersection Between Food and Health
Arizona has higher rates of food insecurity than the national average, especially among children. Read

Point of Pride: Mesa Fire and Medical Department
First responders save a woman from nearly drowning in Mesa canal. Read

CMS Suspends Risk Adjustment Payments for 2017 Benefit Year by Joe Furia

Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President of Strategy and General Counsel

Earlier this week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced that $10.4 billion in risk adjustment transfers for benefit year 2017 are on hold until litigation over the risk adjustment methodology is resolved. Back in February the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico issued a decision invalidating CMS’s use of the statewide average premium in the risk adjustment transfer formula for the 2014 – 2018 benefit years pending further explanation of CMS’s reasons for operating the risk adjustment program in a budget neutral manner in those years. The government has moved the court to reconsider its decision and CMS is currently awaiting the court’s ruling. The permanent risk adjustment program, created by the Affordable Care Act, transfers funds in the individual and small group health insurance markets from health plans with lower-risk enrollees to plans with higher-risk enrollees to spread the financial risk and help stabilize premiums.

Healthcare Professionals a Critical Lifeline for Sex Trafficking Victims by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Through research we have found that 87.8% of sex trafficking victims had contact with a healthcare provider while they were being trafficked. The most frequently reported facility for medical treatment was the hospital/ER with 63.3% of victims reporting visit(s) for care. Health professionals are a critical lifeline. The two-day Human Dignity: A Health Care Response to Human Trafficking conference to be held August 6-7, 2018 at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa in Mesa, Arizona, will offer healthcare professionals workshops including:

  • Victim-centered & trauma-informed care
  • Vulnerable patients & populations
  • Hospitals & community partnerships
  • Human trafficking response programs & protocols
  • Case debriefings & learnings
  • Observations from physicians & first responders
  • Secondary trauma & self-care

For more information, click here.
 

SAVE THE DATE—Educational Program for Trustees and Advisory Board Members by Joe Furia

Gina Hillis, Director of Governance and Special Assistant to the President

Back by popular demand, AzHHA will be providing an informative and educational program for its members’ Board Trustees and Advisory Board Members. While designed for new hospital trustees, even veteran trustees may want a refresher on key legal and practical issues facing trustees as they serve their hospital and communities. “Trustee 101:  A Legal and Practical Toolkit for New (and Not-So-New) Hospital Trustees and Advisory Boards,” will be presented by Sam Coppersmith, partner with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC in Phoenix, on Wednesday, October 24th at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort in Marana. This program will be held in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Leadership Conference. A discounted conference rate is available for Trustees and Advisory Board Members!  This session will address major issues facing Board members today and going into the future, as well as offer an intimate stage for dialogue, peer networking and engagement.  Don’t miss this chance to better educate and strengthen your Board by providing them with this great opportunity. Conference registration will open soon, so don’t miss out on this special educational event right in your own backyard.

Professional and Community Education on Having the End-of-Life Conversation by Joe Furia

AzHHA’s Thoughtful Life Conversations program is offering professional and community engagement and activation trainings throughout this summer. Two of the trainings offered are opportunities to have someone within your organization or community to be trained to facilitate the Honoring A Life: Advance Care Planning Conversations (for community members) and Communication in Serious Illness (for healthcare professionals) workshops.

The Honoring A Life: Advance Care Planning Conversations workshop for community members is a 2-hour workshop that helps people begin the conversation and outlines a clear process for them to ensure that their priorities and preferences for end-of-life care are known, documented and honored. To view upcoming community trainings, click here.

We are also offering professional education for healthcare providers with a 2.5-hour didactic session that reviews the need for a systematic approach to having more, better and earlier conversations about patient values and priorities in serious illness. Providers will learn how to define a population with serious illness who may benefit from the serious illness conversation and explore alternative methods to improve communication in patients with serious illness with a structured communication tool. CMEs are available. If you would like to attend an upcoming training, click here for more information.

All trainings are available for groups of ten or more at your organization by request. For more information, contact Karen Beckford

Whitepaper on the Intersection Between Food and Health by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Last month The Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities released their latest paper in their "Place Matters” series, which demonstrates how factors outside of healthcare impact health and identifies successful evidence-based practices for improving health outcomes. This second paper in this series, "Place Matters: Access to Food and Health," examines the connections between food access and health, and offers a set of solutions for improving health by improving food security and access to healthy food. For more information, click here.

Point of Pride: Mesa Fire and Medical Department by Joe Furia

Monsoon season has officially started in our state. These dark storms make it hard to see and increase danger for those driving. Earlier this week our member Mesa Fire and Medical Department received a call where a woman’s vehicle went into a canal with the driver still in the vehicle. Thanks to the fast and effective response of Mesa Fire and Medical department the woman was rescued from the submerged vehicle. To view full coverage of the story, click here.