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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

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AHCCCS Confirms Hospital Rate Increase
Deadline for letter of intent is approaching. Read

Thoughtful Life Conversations Adds New Training Dates
Gain the skills necessary for quality conversations about advance care planning. Read

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

50 Women Can Change The World In Healthcare Leadership Program
A program designed to meet the unique opportunities and challenges women experience in the healthcare industry. Read

Point of Pride: Haven Behavioral Hospital of Phoenix
Haven Senior Horizons expands services and changes name. Read

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340B Program Update
Senate HELP Committee reviews 350B drug program once more. Read

Medication Assisted Treatment Training for Opioid Use Disorders
A training focused on improving patient outcomes. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Financial Reports for March 2018
Uncompensated care continues to drop while operating margins increase. Read

Summer State of the State – Tucson and Phoenix
Register for the Hertel Report’s Summer State of the State offered in two dates. Read

Point of Pride: West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation
Integrating laughter in order to improve mental health. Read

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CMS Releases Strategy to Promote High-Quality Healthcare for Rural Communities
CMS works on addressing the unique economics of providing rural healthcare. Read

Register For the 5th Annual HAI/HAC Prevention Summit
Two-day conference filled with quality improvement resources for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Read

White House Proposes to Rescind Certain CHIP, CMMI Funding
Proposed $15.4 billion cut in prior appropriations to federal programs. Read

Workplace Violence Prevention Training
An interactive program designed for all staff in healthcare. Read

AzHHA Members Working Towards Healthiest State Vision
Meetings taking place this month to advance priority initiatives. Read

Point of Pride: Phoenix Indian Medical Center
This week we are celebrating the hard work and commitment of nurses. Read

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Budget Passes and Includes First Reimbursement Rate Increase in More Than a Decade
The midnight oil burned bright at the State Capitol last night as the legislature passed the FY2018/2019 budget. Read

CMS Issues 2019 Payment Rules
CMS issues a series of proposed rules for 2019. Read

Workplace Violence Prevention Training
An interactive program designed for all staff in healthcare. Read

PAHPA Reauthorization Discussion Draft has Been Released
Possible reauthorization of Hospital Preparedness Program and Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program through 2023. Read

Register Today for the 22nd Annual Western Regional Trustee Symposium
Registration deadline is approaching. Read

Another 340B Bill Introduced
A new bill is introduced that does little to address the high drug costs.Read

Point of Pride: Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital
AzHHA member makes it to the Top10 Percent for the 11th  year. Read

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Governor Signs Opioid Trailer Bill
Governor signs bill that clarifies provisions in opioid special session bill. Read

Uniform Accounting Report Filings
Deadline for Uniform Accounting Reports is approaching. Read

Save the Date for AzHHA’s Annual Leadership Conference
Mark your calendars, the AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference dates have been announced! Read

50 Women Can Change The World in Healthcare Leadership Program
A program designed to specifically meet the unique opportunities and challenges women experience in the healthcare industry. Read

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System
Mental health center in Avondale gets young man back to pursuing his passion. Read

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Governor Announces 20% Teacher Raise, Negotiates with Legislature
Governor Ducey announced an ambitious plan to increase teacher salaries 20% by 2020 and is now hard at work negotiating a budget that will fund it. Read

Recent Rulings from the Arizona Court of Appeals
Arizona Court of Appeals rules on provider liens and county court hotline. Read

AzHHA Partners with Alagen
AzHHA’s newest affiliated partner Alagen, a Phoenix-based provider of cybersecurity services. Read

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

Healthcare – Innovations for Business and Their People Luncheon
Bringing local talent together for the most comprehensive symposium on the subject of business and healthcare. Read

Point of Pride: Life Point Health
Life Point Health recognized for their efforts in quality and patient safety. Read

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Legislature Slows To A Crawl as AzHHA Gears Up for PAC Fundraising Campaign
AzHHA asks for your help backing elected officials and candidates who support improving healthcare in Arizona. Read

CMS Issues Final 2019 Marketplace Rule
Setting standards for health plans sold through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Financial Reports for February
Inpatient services rise. Hospital operating margins increase. Read

Register For The 5th Annual HAI/HAC Prevention Summit
Two-day conference filled with quality improvement resources for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Read

Nonprofit Hospitals Offered Free Community Benefit Tools
Registration is open for a free webinar offered to all Arizona hospitals and community organizations to make strategic plans. Read

Point of Pride: Arizona Healthcare Decisions Month
Governor proclaims April as Arizona Healthcare Decisions Month.  Read

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Governor Releases School Safety Proposal
Budget work continues as Governor’s office releases school safety proposal. Read

Senate Approves Opioid “Trailer Bill”
Opioid bill moves to House for final approval. Read

AzHHA Welcomes New Healthcare Member: Hospice of the Valley
AzHHA welcomes Arizona’s leading provider of end-of-life care to its membership. Read

Resources for HIM Professionals
This month’s resources for HIM professionals. Read

Point of Pride: Steward Healthcare
Health system presents national chairman's award and long-term service awards to Arizona employees. Read

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West Valley Special Election Heating Up
Special election for West Valley residents is right around the corner. Read

Arizona Healthcare Decision Month: An Act of Love
Give the people you care about the gift of advance care planning. Read

Special Pathogens Symposium
Regional preparedness efforts were key in the wake of the recent 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic. Read

DataGen Reports
Hospital-specific Medicare analytics that support hospital operations, finance and quality initiatives. Read

Point of Pride: HealthSouth Valley of the Sun Rehabilitation Hospital
Rehabilitation hospital encourages amputees to get moving with 2nd Annual HealthSouth Amputee Running Clinic. Read

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Legislature Tackles School Safety and Education Funding as Budget Work Continues
Work on the state budget has taken a backseat to two high profile issues: enhancing school safety and extending Proposition 301’s education sales tax. Read

AHCCCS Released Draft CYE 2019 Differential Payment Adjustments
Participating hospitals will qualify for 0.5% rate increase as proposed by AHCCCS. Read

New Tool Helps Patients Get the Right Care at the Right Time
AzHHA Post-Acute Care group develop a tool to find the right level of care for patients. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Financial Reports for January 2018
Inpatient services rise. Hospital operating margins increase. Read

Point of Pride: Aurora Behavioral Health System
Behavioral Health Hospital ranked number one in Arizona. Read