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CMS Issues Rule to Promote Drug Price Transparency
CMS unveils much anticipated proposed rules. Read

Medicare Advantage Plans Denying Medical Services to Maximize Profits
Medicare Advantage organizations overturned 75% of their own denials between 2014 and 2016. Read

GAO Report on Medicaid Expansion
AzHHA Continues to Support Medicaid Expansion 5 Years Later. Read

HFMA HERe Conference
Join the growing community of HERe Women Leaders in a day filled with education and inspiration. Read

AzHHA Offering Community and Professional Trainings in November
Expand your knowledge and expertise in having quality conversations about advance care planning. Read

Point of Pride: Encompass Health Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital
AzHHA member is recognized for their outstanding performance in patient satisfaction. Read

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National Mental Health Awareness Week and the IMD Exclusion in Medicaid
Raising awareness on mental health. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Finance Reports for July 2018
Report shows increase in overall operating income. Read

Annual Conference Registration Closes Monday!
Avoid the late fee and register today. Read

Vote for the Health of It
Take the pledge to vote for the health of it. Read

Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership is Accepting Applications until October 19th!
This program provides mid-level to senior level healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders. Read

Point of Pride: Tucson Medical Center
TMC receives grant funds to continue public education and awareness efforts. Read

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ADHS Begins Discussion on Perpetual Licensing
Regulatory alert coming soon to AzHHA members. Read

HRET HIIN Update
AzHHA HIIN hospitals continue to show steady reductions in harms, more lives saved, and costs avoided. Read

Deadline Approaching – Register Your Trustee/Advisory Board Today!
Learn the rules of board membership and begin to develop a game plan for your success. Read

CSS Exam Preparation for HIM Professionals
Don’t miss this unique opportunity for AzHHA members. Read

Click for Control Campaign Helps Providers Meet Mandate of Electronic Prescriptions of Schedule II Opioids
Free webinars offered over the next month. Read

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System
Not only is she a COO, she is also one of the most influential women in Arizona. Read

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Opioid Compliance Program Webinar Now OnDemand
OnDemand webinar covering template policies and procedures to meet Arizona’s Opioid Compliance Program. Read

State Health Assessment Data Roadshow
Findings pinpoint the major health issues across the state. Read

Boardroom Basics for Health Professionals
Learn the rules of board membership and develop a game plan for your success. Read

Registration Deadline Nears for AzHHA’s Annual Conference
Avoid the late fee! Read

Latest DataGen Reports and Resources
Hospital-specific reports support hospital operations, finance and enhance quality initiatives. Read

Point of Pride: Mayo Clinic
A documentary about a The Mayo Clinic premiered on PBS this week. Read

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Senate Passes Opioid Legislation
Senate passes over 70 bills addressing the opioid crisis. Read

Cover AZ Enrollment Assister Trainings
October workshops will include training on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Read

AzHHA’s Annual Leadership Conference Deadlines Approaching!
Cut-off date for the room block is next Monday. Read

Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership is Accepting Applications
AzHHA members receive a discount if you apply by September 27th. Read

Point of Pride: Steward Health Care
Partnership with the Diamondbacks will provide jerseys and caps for 110 youth leagues. Read

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Implementation of Surprise Billing Department of Health Services Rule Makings in Progress
DHS initiates two rule makings impacting hospitals and health systems. Read

Candidates Gearing Up for the General Elections
Get a glimpse at key candidate races in Arizona. Read

CMS Modifies HIIN Contract
Base performance period extended until March 2019. Read

The MacGyver Method for Healthcare Communication
“Accomplish more with less…” Lee Aase, Director of the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network. Read

72nd Arizona Nurses Association Convention
Two-day intensive program offering an update of current concepts across all areas of nursing. Read

Point of Pride: Legacy Foundation of Southeastern Arizona
Legacy Foundation helps build healthy communities. Read

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Implementation of Surprise Billing Requirements Underway
New proposed rules clarify the out-of-network billing dispute resolution process. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Finance Reports for June 2018
Report shows increase in overall operating income. Read

Don’t Miss This Year’s AzHHA Leadership Conference
Make your room reservations before they sell out. Read

AzHHA Offers New Locums Managed Services Program
New program to attract and source qualified physicians and mid-level practitioners. Read

Point of Pride: St. Luke’s Medical Center
Phoenix-based cardiologist joins prestigious group. Read

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Tucson Medical Center Holding Opioid Drug Companies Accountable
AzHHA applauds Tucson Medical Center’s leadership in addressing this issue. Read

Register Your Trustees/Advisory Board for “Trustee 101”
An educational program in October providing a review of key legal and practical issues. Read

Ad Placement in AzHHA’s 2019 Arizona Hospital Directory
If you don’t already have a hardcopy, you can view the 2018 Arizona Hospital Directory hereRead

Southwest Region Fall Continuous Service Readiness Workshop
Get and stay survey ready. Read

Point of Pride: Terros Health
President and CEO recognized as one of the most Influential Women in Arizona. Read

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Tools to Improve Care for Patients Taking Opioids for Chronic Pain
FDA awards a contract to develop evidence-based guidelines for appropriate opioid analgesic prescribing. Read

Southern Arizona Opioid Misuse Prevention Symposium
A deep-dive into the elements of a healthy community and how it relates to the opioid epidemic. Read

Don’t Miss Out on AzHHA Leadership Conference Discounts!
Save up to $500 on our conference registration with the multi-registrant discount. Read

Share Your Insights at the Arizona Health Equity Conference
Early bird pricing ends August 31st. Read

Point of Pride: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona
Leading the way in combatting the opioid crisis. Read

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Webinar: Creating an Arizona Opioid Compliance Program to Meet Arizona Licensing Regulations
An in-depth webinar that will review the new legal requirements and recommendations for structuring an opioid compliance program. Read

Register for the 2018 AzHHA Leadership Conference
Check out this year’s dynamic speakers. Read

AzHHA Welcomes MDsave to the Affiliated Partners Program
MDsave simplifies the healthcare billing process for patients and providers. Read

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

Point of Pride: Valley View Medical Center
Among the top 15 percent for patient safety. Read

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Access to Short-Term Health Plans Expands
New rule will allow consumers to buy short-term health plan coverage for up to 36 months. Read

Latest DataGen Reports
Hospital-specific reports support hospital operations, finance and enhance quality initiatives. Read

Registration is Open for the AzHFMA Fall Conference
This September event will be held in Chandler, AZ. Read

5th Annual Arizona Health Equity Conference
Early bird pricing ends August 31st. Read

Point of Pride: White Mountain Regional Medical Center
Combatting the opioid crisis in rural communities. Read

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Hospice of the Valley One of Three 2018 Circle of Life Award® Winners Nationwide
Award recognizes innovative approaches to quality of life improvements. Read

AzHHA Releases Opioid Compliance Toolkits
Free toolkits that cover the 2018 legal and regulatory changes in Arizona regarding opioid prescribing requirements. Read

Registration is Open for AzHHA's Annual Leadership Conference
Join us in thought-provoking discussions and educational sessions. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Financial Reports for May 2018
Report shows increase in overall operating income. Read

Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership is Accepting Applications
This program provides midlevel to senior level healthcare professionals with the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders. Read

Point of Pride: Summit Healthcare Regional Medical Center
Summit Healthcare is improving access to care in rural communities. Read

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CMS Might Add Six Month Extension to HIIN Contract
AzHHA will keep membership and HIIN participating facilities updated. Read

ICD-10 Codes for Classifying Human Trafficking Abuse
87 percent of sex trafficking victims come into contact with healthcare providers who will now have codes that will accurately classify a diagnosis for victims and appropriate support. Read

Ethics in the Pines: Examining the Ethical Challenges of Opioid Use and Abuse Facing Clinicians
Learn more about Arizona’s Opioid Epidemic Act at the August 17th event in Flagstaff. Read

AzHHA Welcomes Gila River Health Care to the Membership
Our statewide membership is open to those interested in making Arizona the healthiest state in the nation. Read

Primary Elections Quickly Approaching
Deadline to register to vote is Monday, July 30th. Read

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System
Teen Den renovations will improve patient comfort. Read

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CMS Releases Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule for CY 2019
CMS proposes to update physician fee schedule rates by 0.25 percent. Read

Primary Elections Quickly Approaching
Primary elections approaching as well as the deadline to register to vote. Read

Briefing and Resources for Cyber Protection
Cybersecurity threats are still a major concern within healthcare. Read

5th Annual Arizona Health Equity Conference – Call for Sponsors and Speakers
Early bird pricing until August 31st. Read

Point of Pride: Steward Health Care
Healthcare veteran Doug Luckett joins Steward Health Care’s executive leadership team. Read

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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

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Senate Holds Hearing on Prescription Drug Costs
Senate Finance Committee holds hearing on strategies to reduce prescription drug costs. Read

HRET HIIN Update
AzHHA HIIN hospitals continue to show steady reductions in harms, more lives saved, and costs avoided. Read

Welcome Promise Hospital of Phoenix!
AzHHA welcomes Promise Hospital of Phoenix to the Association. Read

Latest DataGen Reports
Hospital-specific reports support hospital operations, finance and enhance quality initiatives. Read

Point of Pride: Yuma Regional Medical Center
Yuma Regional Medical Cancer Center gains National Accreditation. Read

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Department of Labor Finalizes Rule to Expand Association Health Plans
DOL releases final rule that modifies the definition of "employer" under federal law. Read

1.5 Million AHCCCS Members Receiving Letters Regarding Changes
Resources and additional information available. Read

FCC Commissioners Approve Funding Increase for Rural Telehealth Program
Rural Health Care Program gets $171 million increase in funding. Read

Summer State of the State – Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff
Register for the Hertel Report’s Summer State of the State now offered in three dates. Read

Opioid Prescribing CME Courses: Responding to the Public Health Emergency
Free online CME credits for Arizona prescribers. Read

Point of Pride: HealthSouth
HealthSouth becomes Encompass Health next month. Read

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Hospital Acquired Conditions Fall 8% Over 2 Years
AHRQ stated that these results occurred largely through the work of the 16 HIIN. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Financial Reports for April 2018
Report shows increase in overall operating income. Read

OIG: Medicare Part D Drug Costs Rising Six Times Faster Than Inflation
Report shows 77 percent increase in total reimbursements from 2011 to 2015. Read

DOJ Tells Court It Won't Defend Provisions of ACA
AHA to file amicus brief in support of the ACA. Read

ACOM & AMPM Updates
A complete list of changes is provided. Read

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System
Taylor Swift makes a special visit. Read

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CMS Publishes Scorecard to Compare State Medicaid and CHIP Programs
Scorecard adds "transparency and accountability through public reporting" to the state’s Medicaid and CHIP programs. Read

Hospitals Against Violence (#HAVhope) is June 8th
Is your hospital and staff prepared? Read

AHCCCS Issues 2019 Provider Assessment Model and Rules
Fiscal year 2019 is set to raise $287 million. Read

Further Delays in 340B Drug Ceiling Price Rule
HHS delays final rule until 2019. Read

Point of Pride: United Blood Services
Summer brings blood supply shortages. Read

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New Projections Show Increase in Uninsured Rates Over the Next 10 Years
CBO and JCT released annual baseline budget projections estimating insurance coverage, premiums and the cost of federal subsidies. Read

End-Of-Life Conversations Don’t Happen as Regularly as They Should in Arizona
A recent physician survey shows that we can improve how we have end-of-life conversations. Read

AzHHA Declares May “Arizona Hospital Appreciation Month”
We’ve all heard the phrase “not all superheroes wear capes.” Read

Mental Health and First Responders
Resources to build resilience in all communities. Read

Point of Pride: Yavapai Regional Medical Center
YRMC Physician Care Family Medicine relocates and expands its services. Read