Opioid Special Session Begins by AzHHA

Greg Ensell, Vice President of Government Relations

Monday was the first day of Arizona’s opioid special session with bipartisan bills introduced in both the House and Senate. Marathon meetings were held in both chambers earlier this week with hopes a vote on a final bill would happen today. AzHHA applauds Governor Ducey and legislative leadership for making the opioid fight a top priority this session. We will continue to be actively engaged in this legislation on behalf of our members who are on the front lines to ensure all components of the bill can be effectively implemented. If you have questions on the opioid special session or other bills, please contact Greg Ensell.  

Group Appeal on .7% Reduction for Documentation & Coding Adjustment by AzHHA

Jim Haynes, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

AzHHA is working with Hall, Render, Killian Heath & Lyman on a group appeal challenging CMS’s decision not to restore in Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2018 what should have been a one-time 0.7% decrease in the acute care inpatient prospective payments system (IPPS) standardized amount it made in FFY 2017 related to the MS-DRG documentation and coding adjustment. This decision reduces national IPPS payments by an estimated $650 million in FFY 2018. This reduction will carry over to FFY 2019 and be compounded in subsequent years if not corrected. If successful, this appeal could result in an increase in IPPS payments of up to 0.7% for each participating hospital, with an average impact of over $200,000 per affected provider number. The reduction affects all IPPS payments except some sole community hospitals paid under their hospital specific rate in a given year. If your hospital has been negatively impacted by CMS’ decision and would like to join the group appeal please contact Jim Haynes.  

RAISE Family Caregivers Act by AzHHA

Sandy Severson, Vice President of Care Improvement 

Earlier this week, the RAISE Family Caregivers Act, was signed into law. This represents a significant step in providing better support for the estimated 18 million caregivers of older adults in the United States. This new law requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop, maintain and update a national family caregiving strategy that will offer resources and educational opportunities to family caregivers. This is important to hospitals as a strategy to support their staff and community members’ caregiver burden as well as to reduce and readmissions. For more information, contact Sandy Severson.

Register Today for ArMA’s Physician Leadership Conference by AzHHA

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

The Arizona Medical Association's 4th Annual Physician Leadership Conference on March 24th is focused on physician well-being and engagement. This conference will be held at the Mayo Clinic Scottsdale and is designed to connect passionate healthcare professionals in an environment that facilitates learning, networking, and best practice sharing. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear insights from industry experts and network with peers from healthcare organizations around the state. For more information or to register, click here.

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System by AzHHA

Next week, Maricopa Integrated Health System will be breaking ground at their West Valley Primary & Specialty Care Center. Last year, the Maricopa County Special Health Care District Board of Directors unanimously voted to put the first stake in the ground for the reinvention of safety net healthcare in Maricopa County by expanding MIHS’s healthcare services. This new facility is part of MIHS’s ‘Care Reimagined’ initiative to rebuild our healthcare system to support a growing West Valley population. If you would like to RSVP for the MIHS’ groundbreaking, click here