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Connection newsletter 11-30-23

Read about what the Executive Order on artificial intelligence means for healthcare, a new program aiming to tackle Arizona's severe nursing shortage, and a report analyzing Q3 2023 contract labor market rate.



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Connection Newsletter

By AzHHA Communications ● Nov. 30, 2023

Smart Brevity® count: 5 mins...1302 words

In this issue, read about:

  • What the Executive Order on artificial intelligence means for healthcare.
  • A new program aiming to tackle Arizona’s severe nursing shortage.
  • A report analyzing Q3 2023 contract labor market rate.

Executive Order on artificial intelligence: What it means for healthcare

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On Monday, Oct. 30, 2023, President Biden issued an Executive Order on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) that attempts to strike a balance between managing the risks and encouraging innovation.

Why it matters: As part of this order, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will support responsible use in healthcare and research by working with the private sector to create personalized immune-response profiles for patients, funding projects that improve healthcare data quality for AI tools, and boosting grants for health equity and researcher diversity through the National Institutes of Health’s “AIM-AHEAD” program.

Additionally, HHS will:

  • Establish the HHS AI Task Force.
  • Develop an AI Assurance Policy.
  • Provide training and support to health and human services providers who receive federal funds on how to comply with federal laws that prohibit discrimination and protect privacy related to AI, and what could happen if these laws are violated.
  • Create a regulatory strategy to ensure the safety and efficacy of AI or AI-enabled tools in drug-development processes.

New program aims to tackle Arizona’s severe nursing shortage


📢AzHHA is proud to announce the launch of the Arizona Transition to Practice Program for New Graduate Registered Nurses.

  • AHCCCS contracted with AzHHA to assist with the administration of this program.
  • AzHHA has partnered with a national vendor, OpusVi (Latin for workforce), who has developed a transition to practice program that enables health systems and organizations to upskill and retain top talent, to implement a statewide 12-month Arizona Transition to Practice Program.

Why it matters: While it is important to increase the number of new nurses in the pipeline, it is also important to retain new nurses in their roles.

  • A formal Transition to Practice program provides another level of support for new nurses and has been shown to increase retention.

The bottom line: We aspire to create an environment where our nurses can transition seamlessly from academia to practice, gaining confidence and competence they need to provide the best possible quality care to our communities.

  • The program will give priority to critical access hospitals or hospitals located in counties with a population of less than 500,000 people.
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👉Interested in applying? If you are an Arizona healthcare facility licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services that hires new graduate registered nurses, you are eligible to apply. However, hospitals with existing 12-month Transition to Practice programs are not eligible. Apply now.


Report: Q3 2023 contract labor market rate analysis

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Adaptive Workforce Solutions, an endorsed vendor and the strategic workforce solutions partner of AzHHA, recently released its Q3 2023 Market Rate Analysis Report.

Why it matters: The report contains helpful information about the current contract labor market and provides crucial insights to help prepare for the future.

The Q3 report features:

  • A national legislative update
  • National and regional bill rates for locums, nursing, allied health and therapy
  • Workforce solution ideas

Download the report here. To be linked with Adaptive Workforce Solutions, contact AzHHA’s member services department at [email protected].


Register now: Crisis Standards of Care tabletop exercise

In January 2024, AzCHER will be conducting three tabletop exercises that will address Crisis Standards of Care in Arizona.

  • Each of the three exercises will be discussing the same emergency scenario with an emphasis on Crisis Standards of Care components.

Why it matters: Join state and local public health departments, emergency management and other healthcare system partners in a discussion-based learning session that will focus on roles and responsibilities during a statewide medical surge scenario.

Sessions will be held:

  • 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix.
  • 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024 at Abrams Public Health Center in Tucson.
  • 8 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024 via Zoom (virtual).
Register now



AzHHA member webinar: Navigating new NLRB rulings

In conjunction with AzHHA, IRI Consultants will present a member webinar to help hospitals navigate new labor board rulings.

Why it matters: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made substantial modifications to federal labor law in August with their announcement of the Cemex Construction Materials Pacific, LLC decision.

  • This new ruling has expanded the NLRB’s capacity to impose unions on employees without the need for a secret ballot election, thereby reinforcing the card check process and providing an easier pathway for unions to organize employees.
  • Furthermore, in late December, the expedited election and joint employer rules will come into effect, leading to a shortened process for elections and an expanded definition of joint employers.

Go deeper: Join us at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2023 for a one-hour presentation and discussion.

Register now

Questions can be directed to [email protected].


Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 4-8.

Why it matters: This week serves as an important reminder for everyone 6 months and older that there’s still time to get a flu vaccine this season.

  • Help get the word out: The CDC has created resources for this week. You can access the digital toolkit here.

Sepsis Alliance shares new survey report

During last week’s World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, the Sepsis Alliance released a new survey report.

Why it matters: The results of the survey of 158 hospital healthcare C-suite executives found:

  • 90% see antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as threatening to society.
  • 88% believe the AMR problem is getting worse.
  • Only 26% of hospitals grade themselves an “A” on their own AMR efforts.
Learn more



AzHHA releases DataGen reports

In relationship with DataGen, AzHHA distributes reports to hospitals based on information submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. DataGen generates hospital-specific reports which are sent to AzHHA hospital members as part of their membership.

Why it matters: This data helps hospitals understand the financial impact of proposed changes and annual updates.

  • The reports can also assist in preparing budgets or benchmarking results with other similar organizations.

The below reports were recently sent to members:

  • Readmissions Reduction Program (sent 11/9/23)
  • CY 2024 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule analysis (sent 11/15/23)

Go deeper: DataGen will host a national webinar on the CY 2024 OPPS Final Rule and Analysis at 1 p.m. (Arizona time) on Tuesday, Dec. 5. Register here. Registration is required.



Wednesday, Dec. 6 - Wednesday, June 12 - Vital skills for effective leadership
Dive deep into the vital skills of effective leadership - how to influence others, inspire performance, deliver results and build trust. This four-part series will address critical skills needed to be an effective leader in today’s new world of work. View the full series and register.

Thursday, Dec. 7 - Hospital Sepsis Program Core Elements - Education webinar
Discover the impact of sepsis education for healthcare professionals during onboarding and as an annual refresher. Register today.

Thursday, Dec. 14 - Introduction to POLST 
Join physician orders for life-sustaining treatment paradigm (POLST) for their one-hour virtual workshops equipping healthcare professionals with knowledge and resources to begin using POLST in Arizona. Register here.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 - Arizona Rural and Public Health Policy Forum 2024
Each year, this forum focuses on issues of the day that are affecting the health of rural Arizonans. The event will be held at the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium located at 600 E. Van Buren Street in Phoenix. Register now.




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