CMS Publishes Scorecard to Compare State Medicaid and CHIP Programs by AzHHA

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

This week the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a scorecard that for the first time allows the public and policymakers to compare state Medicaid and CHIP performance on various quality metrics. The scorecard, which CMS refers to as the MAC Scorecard, includes measures voluntarily reported by states. In an accompanying fact sheet, CMS says it developed the MAC Scorecard to improve the programs' "transparency and accountability through public reporting." Click here to review Arizona’s scorecard.

Hospitals Against Violence (#HAVhope) is June 8th by AzHHA

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

AzHHA is a proud supporter of the #HAVhope National Day of Awareness event on Friday, June 8th. This event unites hospitals, health systems, professionals and the organizations they work with to combat violence through the use of digital media. Hospitals and their staff can help end violence in our communities, including human trafficking, where victims often face a serious medical issue and have no choice but to be taken to an emergency department or clinic. At that moment, health professionals are a critical lifeline. The Human Dignity Conference being held in Mesa on August 6-7th 2018 will prepare providers and first responders to identify and support trafficked persons. For more on how hospitals and health systems can combat violence, click here.

AHCCCS Issues 2019 Provider Assessment Model and Rules by AzHHA

Jim Haynes, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Last week AHCCCS issued the hospital assessment model and rules for fiscal year 2019. The new rates for the quarter will go into effect beginning July 2018. Overall, the assessment for 2019 is set to raise $287 million, $3 million less than what was set for 2018. While this is a very small overall change, the actual assessment for each hospital may vary more dramatically since the assessment for 2019 will be based on 2016 hospital discharges, rather than the 2011 hospital discharges that were used in prior years. As they do every year, AHCCCS will monitor the assessment and change it if necessary based on the actual caseload compared to the forecasted caseload. 

Further Delays in 340B Drug Ceiling Price Rule by AzHHA

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

Once again the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has delayed the implementation of its final rule on 340B drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers to July 2019. The 340B ceiling price and civil monetary penalties rule were intended to shine needed light on drug manufacturer price increases and hold drug manufacturers accountable for price overcharging. HHS reasoning behind this 5th delay would be that it will provide regulated entities with needed time to implement the requirements of the rule, as well as allowing a more deliberate process of considering alternative and supplemental regulatory provisions, and to allow for sufficient time for any additional rulemaking.

Point of Pride: United Blood Services by AzHHA

Every day, more than 500 blood donors are needed to meet the transfusion needs of Arizona patients and each day United Blood Services (UBS) works hard to meet those needs. While summertime typically means vacations and fun, United Blood Services often faces blood shortages this time of the year. This Friday, June 8th, UBS has partnered with Larry H. Miller Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram to not only helping keep the blood supply level stable, but also bringing greater awareness to the need for summertime blood donations. Feel like giving back to your community through blood donation? Click here.