Hospice of the Valley One of Three 2018 Circle of Life Award® Winners Nationwide by Joe Furia

Sandy Severson, Vice President of Care Improvement

AzHHA member and prominent hospice organization, Hospice of the Valley, was presented the prestigious 2018 Circle of Life Award® at the American Hospital Association (AHA) Leadership Summit in San Diego last week. “This year’s honorees demonstrate that the needs of patients and their families can be met at home and in other community settings to ensure that the best possible care is provided across the care spectrum,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack.

Hospice of the Valley has created a comprehensive continuum of home-based primary care, palliative services and hospice care to support changing healthcare needs for chronically ill and medically fragile patients. The program partners with payers, community physicians, hospitals, and health systems identifying individuals at high risk for hospitalizations and providing care coordination for those with chronic illnesses including dementia, lung disease, heart disease and cancer. Results have shown not only an increase in patient satisfaction, but a significant cost savings due to a reduction in unnecessary hospitalizations.

Congratulations to Hospice of the Valley for a well-earned recognition.

AzHHA Releases Opioid Compliance Toolkits by Joe Furia

Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President Strategy and General Counsel

In an effort to assist members in keeping current with the myriad of changes related to opioid prescribing requirements, AzHHA engaged Coppersmith Brockelman to develop the Arizona Opioid Compliance Toolkits for: (1) Hospitals (including inpatient pharmacy and emergency department) and Outpatient Surgery Centers; and (2) Outpatient Clinics.

Template policies and procedures are included in both Toolkits and cover the 2018 legal and regulatory changes in Arizona. The policies and procedures are tailored to provide practical compliance measures regarding the regulatory requirements applicable in the different clinical settings and cover the following topics:

  • Opioid prescribing requirements
  • Opioid ordering and administration requirements
  • Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program (CSPMP) review and reporting requirements
  • Opioid overdoes reporting

The Toolkits are available to download free of charge on AzHHA’s website If you have difficulty opening this link, please use internet browsers Chrome or Firefox. AzHHA will be hosting a webinar in the upcoming weeks with Coppersmith Brockelman to go over the Toolkits and answer questions. If you have any questions regarding the toolkits, please contact Ann-Marie Alameddin or Debbie Johnston.

Registration is Open for AzHHA's Annual Leadership Conference by Joe Furia

Karen Fallquist, Education and Office Coordinator

Registration is now open for the 2018 AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference, taking place October 24-26 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort in Marana, AZ. Join hospital CEOs, executives, trustees and community partners for thought-provoking discussions and educational sessions focused around this year’s theme: Together Towards Tomorrow. In addition to our dynamic keynote speakers, the AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference will also feature educational breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities. For more information and to register, click here.

AzHHA Releases Hospital Financial Reports for May 2018 by Joe Furia

Jim Haynes, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Financial Results for May 2018 show a marked increase in overall operating income for the last twelve months. The chart below illustrates that overall financial results have improved as uncompensated care declined.  The uncompensated care costs increased when the enrollment in the childless adult population covered by AHCCCS was frozen and then subsequently decreased when coverage was restored and expanded to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. 

Capture.JPG

Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership is Accepting Applications by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

The Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership (AIHL) program provides high potential midlevel to senior level healthcare leaders within not for profit, for profit and government hospitals and healthcare organizations the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders. Participants have richly diverse backgrounds from many clinical and nonclinical aspects of healthcare including: IT, nursing, ambulatory care, rehab, pharmacy, physician practices, telemedicine, quality, finance, human resources, case management and more. Arizona healthcare organizations with an eye to the future have been sending top talent to the AIHL program for over a decade. AIHL develops healthcare professionals with leadership skills including emotional intelligence, communication and the ability to deal with change.  Apply by Sept. 20th for the January-October 2019 cohort and receive a discount on the cost of participation in addition AzHHA members do receive a $250 discount when applying. For more information contact Joanne Schlosser or call 480-840-6024

Point of Pride: Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center by Joe Furia

Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center is improving access to specialty care in rural communities through telemedicine. For some time now, Summit Healthcare has been offering specialty healthcare services through telemedicine including tele-ICU and tele-stroke. It was recently announced that our member will also be providing non-emergency services virtually, through their new service, Summit Cares. Summit Cares will be a service that allows patients to see a board-certified physician from the comfort of their own home at any hour for basic healthcare needs. This service will become available to patients later this month. To learn more about Summit Healthcare’s telemedicine programs, click here.