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Connection newsletter 6-13-24

Read about an update on the budget, the second EMTALA member webinar and a Healthcare Social Media Exercise in August.




This week, read about: An update on the budget. The second EMTALA member webinar. A Healthcare Socia

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Connection Newsletter

By AzHHA Communications ● June 13, 2024

Smart Brevity® count: 4 mins...1050 words

This week, read about:

  • An update on the budget.
  • The second EMTALA member webinar.
  • A Healthcare Social Media Exercise in August.

Budget update

Arizona State Capitol

This week saw a swift return to business in both chambers, though we are still awaiting the official budget release as of Wednesday afternoon. Both chambers convened and held final votes on several pending bills.

  • We expect the budget proposal to be made public by the time this article is published.
  • Our team has been actively engaged in protecting hospital payments in light of the state budget deficit. We are grateful to all AzHHA members who have reached out to their legislators.

What’s next: Look for a more detailed review of the budget and other actions in next week’s Connection newsletter.

  • As always, our team is here for you. Please feel free to reach out to Damien Johnson directly with any questions or concerns.

Member webinar: EMTALA for special issues

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The second webinar in a three-part series to answer questions about EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26, 2024. This webinar will cover EMTALA for special issues. Our esteemed speakers include:

  • Karen Owens, a partner in the Phoenix, Ariz. law firm of Coppersmith Brockelman, PLC, and
  • Odette Colburn, director of accreditation and regulatory for Valleywise Health.

The bottom line: The webinars are free of charge for AzHHA members.

  • If you register for one or more of the sessions, please also download the EMTALA manual by acknowledging the licensing agreement here.
  • Attendees who will most benefit from this webinar series include legal and compliance representatives, hospital CEOs, hospital CNOs, risk managers, ED nurse managers and ED medical directors.

Questions? Reach out to [email protected].

Save the date: The final webinar in this series titled “EMTALA surveys, deficiencies and interactions with agencies” is from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2024.


Register today: Healthcare Social Media Exercise

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The Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response (AzCHER) will host a Healthcare Social Media Exercise from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2024.

Why it matters: This exercise is virtual and aims to enhance your ability to:

  • Implement social listening to gauge the public’s perception of incident response and recovery efforts.
  • Deliver credible and actionable messages to inform the public through social media platforms in response to a catastrophic incident.

This exercise scenario is designed with a focus on hospitals, and we strongly encourage their participation. Additionally, we welcome and encourage participation from our Public Health partners.

Learn more and register. The deadline to register is Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2024.


We’re hiring!

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AzHHA is hiring for our next teammate: Manager of Transition to Practice Program RN.

Why it matters: The outstanding individual will be responsible for managing the design, development, implementation and evaluation of the Arizona Transition to Practice Program for New Graduate Registered Nurses.

Learn more and apply



Cybersecurity resources from Microsoft and Google to assist rural hospitals

The American Hospital Association (AHA) has worked with Microsoft, Google and the White House on efforts to provide free and discounted cybersecurity resources to assist rural hospitals.

Why it matters:

  • Microsoft will provide non-profit pricing and discounts for its security products optimized for smaller organizations, up to a 75% discount. For some large rural hospitals already using eligible Microsoft solutions, the company will provide its most advanced security suite at no cost for one year.
  • Google will provide endpoint security advice to rural hospitals and non-profit organizations at no cost and a pool of funding to support software migration.

The Microsoft Cybersecurity Program for rural hospitals in the United States is immediately available. Learn more and register now.

  • Watch for more information on Google’s offerings and how to participate.

Critical infrastructure pilot customer survey

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) is prioritizing innovative solutions to customers but requires more feedback to determine how to best support critical infrastructure (CI) organizations.

Why it matters: The information collected from this survey will inform the selection of cybersecurity services offered by CISA to CI organizations in the future.

The big picture: Congress has directed CISA to provide scalable commercial cybersecurity shared services to the CI community to detect and prevent cybersecurity threats and mitigate vulnerabilities to improve America’s risk posture.

  • What’s next: Please complete the survey by Monday, July 8, 2024.

Apply now for AHA’s 2025 Circle of Life Award

Applications are open through Wednesday, July 24, 2024, for the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) 2025 Circle of Life Award.

Why it matters: This award recognizes hospitals and health systems that advance end-of-life and hospice care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective and equitable.

  • There will be up to three recipients of the award, and Citations of Honor may also be presented to other noteworthy programs.
  • The awards will be presented at the 2025 AHA Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tenn.
Learn more




Convergence Health Workforce Wellbeing and Violence Prevention Improvement Series
This series was developed based on the growing challenges that our healthcare workforce is facing in the areas of personal wellbeing and physical safety. On Wednesdays through the end of June, hear from experts who are working on these topics every day. Learn more and register.

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 and Thursday, Aug. 22, 2024 - EMTALA webinar series
This members-only webinar series is designed to answer questions about EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. Questions? Reach out to [email protected].

Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - Protecting Mothers: Key Takeaways From the 2024 Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Prevention Report
This free webinar dissects the key findings of the report, including factors contributing to maternal mortality rates, disparities in healthcare access and effective interventions to address these issues. Register now.

Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2024 - 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.




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