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Connection newsletter 1-4-24

Read about the Fifty-sixth Legislature - Second Regular Session convening on Monday, the approaching deadline for the Arizona Transition to Practice Program applications, and AzHHA's 2023 Annual Report.



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By AzHHA Communications ● Jan. 4, 2024

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This week, read about:

  • The Fifty-sixth Legislature - Second Regular Session convening on Monday.
  • The approaching deadline for the Arizona Transition to Practice Program applications.
  • AzHHA’s 2023 Annual Report.

Fifty-sixth Legislature – Second Regular Session convenes Monday

Illustration of a hand pulling a window shade down over the state of Arizona.

Monday, Jan. 8 begins Arizona’s Fifty-sixth Legislature, Second Regular Session.

  • It is expected to be filled with fanfare and flair as our former newcomer legislators (nearly 50% turnover from the last election) have quickly become seasoned representatives over this past year.
  • Stay tuned for more information to come as we wrap up our final week of preparation.

What’s next: As a reminder, AzHHA’s weekly member-only legislative update calls will kick off next Friday, Jan. 12. If you are a member who would like more information, please reach out to AzHHA’s Director of Government Relations Damien Johnson.


⚠️Deadline approaching: Arizona Transition to Practice Program applications


The deadline for the first Arizona Transition to Practice Program for New Graduate Registered Nurses cohort beginning in March 2024 is fast approaching!

  • Applications are due Friday, Jan. 12.
  • Already applied? The Arizona Transition to Practice Program team will reach out to you soon.
Apply now

Why it matters: With this program, 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 big picture:

  • Any Arizona healthcare facility licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services that hires new graduate registered nurses can apply.
  • Priority will be given to critical access hospitals or hospitals located in counties with a population of less than 500,000 people.
  • Hospitals with existing 12-month Transition to Practice programs are not eligible.

Questions? Please contact Karen Ofafa or Whitney Jackson.


AzHHA’s 2023 Annual Report is now available online

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As the champion for healthcare leadership in Arizona, AzHHA and its member hospitals explore ideas and take collaborative action at the state capitol, in hospitals and at home to attain the best healthcare outcomes for our community.

Why it matters: Take a look back on some of the highlights and wins on behalf of Arizona's hospitals from 2023 including:

  • Legislative and policy recap
  • Grant funded programs that improve Arizona's healthcare system
  • The inaugural AzHHA Quality Awards
  • AzHHA membership perks
Read the full report.



UnitedHealth used secret rules to restrict rehab care

On Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023, STAT released an investigative report about how UnitedHealth used secret rules to restrict rehab care for seriously ill Medicare Advantage patients.

  • STAT obtained internal UnitedHealth documents which are cited in the article.

Why it matters: The documents, which outline parameters for the clinicians who initially review referrals for rehab care, reveal that many patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans were routed for a quick denial based on criteria neither they, nor their doctors, were aware of.

Go deeper: Read the article (subscription required).


📢Here we grow again! 🙌

AzHHA is on the lookout for a dynamic individual to join our team.

  • If you’re passionate about empowering new graduate registered nurses and possess expertise in staff development, leadership and research, we want to hear from you!

➡️Apply now for the Manager of Transition to Practice Program - RN position.



Wednesday, Jan. 10 - Hospital assessments and HEALTHII payments 101
AzHHA will host this annual event for members interested in learning about the two hospital assessments and the quarterly HEALTHII payments. Learn why the assessments were created, which types of hospitals are exempt from the assessments, how the amounts have changed over time, why hospitals receive quarterly HEALTHII payments, HEALTHII reconciliations and HEALTHII quality metrics. AzHHA members who have not received an invitation but are interested in attending may contact Amy Upston, director of financial policy and reimbursement, at [email protected].

Jan. 23, 24 and 30 - Crisis Standards of Care tabletop exercise
AzCHER will conduct three tabletop exercises that will address Crisis Standards of Care in Arizona. Each exercise will discuss the same emergency scenario. Sessions will be held in Phoenix, Tucson and virtually. Registration for the in-person events closes on Friday, Jan. 12. Learn more and register.

Tuesday, Feb. 6 - 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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