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We’ve Come a Long Way: AzHHA Telemedicine Update
Get the latest information on how Arizona is moving the topic of telehealth forward. Read

AzHHA’s June Hospital Financial Survey Results Are Out
Get a glimpse of the June 2019 data. Read

AzHHA’s ‘Affiliated Partners Program’ Offers Members Useful Resources at Affordable Prices
AzHHA members have access to discounts from thoroughly vetted vendors. Read

Professional and Community Training on Having End-of-Life Conversations
Training across Arizona is available—just ask! Read

Point of Pride: Havasu Regional Medical Center
Despite being hospitalized, Lake Havasu City couple celebrates their 60th wedding anniversary. Read

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Webinars Now Available: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances
Get ready to e-prescribe opioids by January 2020. Read

AzHHA 2019 Annual Leadership Conference
Check out the line-up of speakers for this year’s conference! Read

New Report Suggests Short-Term Plans Pay out 39% of Premiums on Care
Free one-day training course covers telehealth policy in Arizona. Read

AzHFMA 2019 Fall Conference
The spotlight is on creativity and ‘Fun and Games’ this year. Read

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System
8 MIHS employees are finalists in the Phoenix Business Journal’s 2019 Health Care Heroes awards program. Read

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CMS Finalizes FY2020 IPPS and IRF, IPF, LTCH and SNF PPS Rules
AzHHA members will receive facility-specific analyses in the coming weeks. Read

AzHHA HIIN Update
Participating hospitals continue to see improvement in reduction of harm and lives saved. Read

Arizona Telemedicine Policy Symposium
Free one-day training course covers telehealth policy in Arizona. Read

6th Annual Health Equity Conference
Early bird deadline has been extended to Aug. 23. Read

Phoenix Business Journal Healthcare Hero Finalist: AzHHA’s Sandy Severson
PBJ confirms what we at AzHHA have known for years: Sandy is a healthcare hero! Read

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CMS Releases CY2020 OPPS and CY2020 PFS Proposed Rules
CMS proposal includes continued cuts to drugs purchased under the 340B. Read

Register for AzHHA’s 2019 Annual Leadership Conference and Golf Tournament
Early bird registration ends soon. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Financial Survey Results
Get a glimpse of the May 2019 data. Read

AzHHA Releases Latest DataGen Reports
AzHHA sends hospital-specific DataGen reports directly to AzHHA members. Read

Point of Pride: LifePoint Health
LifePoint Health hospitals celebrate the system’s 20th anniversary by giving back to the communities they serve. Read

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Senate Finance Leaders Release Proposal to Reduce Prescription Drug Prices
Draft legislation includes changes to both Medicare and Medicaid programs. Read

Debt Ceiling and Budget Agreement Announced
White House, Congress strike a two-year debt ceiling and budget deal. Read

AHCCCS Seeks Comments on Provider Qualification and Enrollment
Comments are due August 30. Read

Success Doesn’t Come Easily. Contribute to the AzHHA PAC Today
AzHHA PAC helps move the needle forward to improve healthcare in our state. Read

Point of Pride: Sierra Tucson
Jamie Vinck has been named one of Arizona’s most influential women. Read

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Energy and Commerce Committee Advances Healthcare-Related Legislation
House E&C Committee passes surprise billing, Medicaid DSH legislation. Read

CSPMP Task Force Convenes to Discuss E-Prescribing Implementation
AZ Board of Pharmacy convenes task force to discuss enhancements and compliance issues. Read

Registration Now Open: 2019 AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference
Take advantage of our early bird registration rates. Read

46th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference
Register before time runs out. Read

Point of Pride: Tuba City Regional Healthcare Corporation
Patients in the Navajo Nation now can receive chemotherapy. Read

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ADHS Reviews Air Ambulance Regulations
AzHHA encourages ADHS to require prior notification. Read

AzHHA Leads New Partnership to Continue Improving End-of-Life Care
AzHHA will help create a roadmap to improve advanced care quality across the nation. Read

The Future of RBHA Services
AHCCCS to host forums to gather feedback on upcoming changes to RBHA services. Read

Showcase your Organization in the 2020 Arizona Hospital Directory
E&M Consulting will be contacting members on advertising opportunities. Read

Point of Pride: Northwest Medical Center
Arizona’s first hospital to use the world’s smallest heart pump. Read

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Senate HELP Committee Releases Revised Health Cost Legislation
HELP Committee leaders address surprise billing in new amendment. Read

Price Transparency Executive Order Signed by President Trump
Find out what is included in Trump’s executive order on healthcare. Read

Join AzHHA July 17 at the 6th Annual HAI/HAC Prevention Summit
This is a must-attend event for acute-care facilities. Read

6th Annual Health Equity Conference
October 10 event promotes health equity in Arizona. Read

Point of Pride: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona

BCBSAZ helps tackle the mental health physician shortage. Read

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Success Doesn’t Come Easily. Contribute to the AzHHA PAC Today.
AzHHA PAC helps move the needle to improve healthcare in our state. Read

AzHHA Comments on the Proposed FY 2020 IRF PPS Rule
Comments call for clarification and stakeholder input. Read

AzHHA Welcomes Two New Members
AzHHA Board of Directors approves membership for Valley Hospital and Avenir Behavioral Health Center at Surprise. Read

Coding Education and Staff Development Resources for HIM Professionals
Series of webinars guaranteed to sharpen your coding skills. Read

AzHHA Releases Latest DataGen Reports
AzHHA sends hospital-specific DataGen reports directly to AzHHA members. Read 

Point of Pride: Yuma Regional Medical Center
Dr. Jacob Schwartz has been appointed President Elect of AzPA. Read

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Supreme Court: HHS DSH Policy Change Violates Medicare Act
HHS must give advance notice and comment period before making changes. Read

AzHHA Hospital Innovation Improvement Network’s Newest Member
Winslow-based Little Colorado Medical Center joins HIIN. Read

Join AzHHA July 17 at the 6th Annual HAI/HAC Prevention Summit
This is a must-attend event for acute care facilities. Read

 Save the Date: AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference
Oct. 23 – 25 at Lowes Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. Read

Point of Pride: UA Center for Rural Health
Dr. Dan Derksen Named UA College of Medicine ‘Alumni of the Year’. Read 

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Arizona is Experiencing a Hepatitis A Outbreak
ADHS recommends that all at-risk patients be vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Read

AzHHA Releases Hospital Financial Survey Results
Get a glimpse of the March 2019 data. Read

Are you Prepared to Have End-of-Life Conversations?
Thoughtful Life Conversations, an AzHHA program, provides the tools you need to have meaningful conversations with patients. Read

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Healthcare Bills
Committee hears AzHHA-supported Patient Access Protection ACT. Read

Point of Pride
AZ Big Media releases the 2019 list of Arizona Healthcare Leaders of the year. Read

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Legislative Update: We did it and did it well!
The 54th legislative session has come to an end. Here are some highlights. Read

Senate Committee Releases Draft Legislation on Lowering Healthcare Costs
This bill includes provisions from surprise medical bills to improving patient access to health information. Read

AzHHA  APP Partners with Tryon Clear View Groups
TCVG provides cost-reduction solutions to AzHHA membership. Read

The Hertel Report’s Summer State of the State
AzHHA members receive discounted registration rates to The Hertel Report’s Summer State of the State event covering the hottest trends in Arizona’s healthcare system. Read

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System
MIHS announces a new executive vice president/chief medical officer. Read

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Deal or No Deal? 
Governor Ducey continues to lack the support of state Republicans. Read

DHS Seeks Comments on Proposed Changes to the Birth Defects Monitoring Program
Deadline to comment is May 27. Read

AzHHA Releases Latest DataGen Reports and Webinar
AzHHA sends hospital-specific DataGen reports directly to AzHHA members. Read

Social Determinants of Health: The Underlying Issues Impacting Healthcare Costs and Quality
Improve clinical and financial outcomes by managing social determinants of health. Read

6th Annual Health Equity Conference 
Deadline to submit speaker and poster presenter proposals is approaching. Read

Point of Pride: The Guidance Center
AzHHA welcomes a new member. Read

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The Tale of Two Legislatures
Day 123 of the State Legislature with no end in sight. Read

Ask Your Legislators to Combat Arizona’s Physician Shortage
Our State Legislators want to hear from you. Read

AHCCCS Solicits Comments on ACOM and AMPM Policies
Tribal Consultation Notification/Public Comment period is open until June 23rd. Read

2019 National #HospitalWeek: Celebrating Hope and Healing
And there’s a lot to celebrate! Read

Point of Pride: Havasu Regional Medical Center
Recognizing a team member’s work and community involvement. Read

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Legislative Update: Strange Bedfellows?
House Democrats present Ducey with a budget that more closely aligns with his priorities.  Read

HHS Will Take a Stab at Fixing 340B Cuts
Proposal is due August 5th. Read

Professional and Community Training on the End-of-Life Conversation
Training across Arizona available. You just have to ask! Read

Time to Celebrate Hospitals Across the Nation
Hospital week starts May 12th. Read

Point of Pride: Canyon Vista Medical Center
Nurses honoring fallen nurses. Read

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Legislative Update: Got Budget?
Top-secret budget details have leaked. Read

AHCCCS Finalizes CYE 2020 DAP
CMS approval is currently pending. Read

Registration Deadline for Certified Medical Coding Specialist Exam Prep Webinar Course
Next sessions will be October 2019. Read

6th Annual Health Equity Conference
Call for speakers and sponsors. Read

AzHHA Releases Latest DataGen Reports
Hospital specific reports available for AzHHA members. Read

Point of Pride: Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees elects Richard Gray, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Read

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New Study Shows ‘Significant Positive Economic Impact’ to State with Passage of Senate Bill 1354
Arizona bill to combat severe physician shortage will drive state’s economy and patient access to care. Read

CMS Releases FY 2020 Payment Rules
AzHHA members will receive facility specific analyses. Read

Grant Opportunity: Rural Communities Opioid Response Program
HRSA to invest $8 million in rural communities. Read

Health Current Advisory Councils: Accepting Applications
Application deadline is May 15th. Read

AzHHA Membership and Their Patients will Benefit from Partnership With PatientPing
Care coordination platform connects providers across Arizona to reduce readmissions and improve care outcomes. Read

Point of Pride: Tucson Medical Center
Creating a more family centered birthing process for patients in Tucson. Read

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Governor Ducey Proclaims April as Arizona’s Healthcare Decisions Month
Having the end-of-life discussion is not a one-day event, but a series of conversations. Read

2019 Annual Leadership Conference
Limited golfing spots and sponsorship opportunities available.  Read

AzHHA Legislative Update
Bill will improve healthcare access and help lower costs. Read

Security Metrics Strategy for Improved Risk Management
Do you know your company’s risk exposure to cybersecurity threats? Read

Arizona's Doctor Shortage Isn't Just Hurting Our Health
Economic case made for state GME funding in The Arizona Republic. Read

Point of Pride: Donor Network of Arizona
Creating awareness and sharing the importance of tissue and organ donation. Read

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AzHHA Legislative Update
Legislative Work Slows to a Crawl as Budget Deal Seems Distant. Read

National Healthcare Decisions Day is Fast Approaching
Inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. Read

MedPAC Recommends ED Visit Coding Guidelines
MedPAC asks for national guidelines on coding hospital emergency department visits. Read

Hospital Financial Results
Get a glimpse of the February 2019 data. Read

Arizona's Doctor Shortage Isn't Just Hurting Our Health
Economic case made for state GME funding in The Arizona Republic. Read

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System
MIHS will be reopening Maryvale hospital this month. Read

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Legislative Update: Representative David Stringer’s Replacement is Announced
Former Senator Pierce to take Stringers place in the House. Read

Recent Legal Challenges in Healthcare
From ACA repeal to blocking association plans. Read

HRET HIIN Update
CMS offers yet another extension for HIIN work to continue. Read

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

Point of Pride: Terros Health 
Behavioral health professional receives National Recognition for her work. Read