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Connection newsletter 6-27-24

Read about the Arizona Transition to Practice Program starting the second cohort, registration info for the upcoming Healthcare Social Media Exercise and setting the record straight on the latest Arnold Ventures-funded study.




This week, read about: The Arizona Transition to Practice Program starting the second cohort. Regist

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Connection Newsletter

By AzHHA Communications ● June 27, 2024

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This week, read about:

  • The Arizona Transition to Practice Program starting the second cohort.
  • Registration info for the upcoming Healthcare Social Media Exercise.
  • Setting the record straight on the latest Arnold Ventures-funded study.

Arizona Transition to Practice Program starts second cohort


📢AzHHA is proud to announce the second cohort of the Arizona Transition to Practice Program for New Graduate Registered Nurses commenced this past Monday, June 24, 2024.

By the numbers: Get to know our June 2024 cohort:

  • 👩‍⚕40 new graduate nurses
  • 👩‍🏫38 preceptors and 9 mentors
  • 🏥10 participating facilities

What they’re saying:

“The detailed curriculum and training provided by the Arizona Transition to Practice Program has exceeded my expectations. Through generous support from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, our new graduate nurses at Mount Graham Regional Medical Center have been able to participate in an innovative, specialized program that not only provides evidence-based practice education among various learning styles, but also collaboration within a network of hospital agencies. In just a few short months, our new grads have already demonstrated increased knowledge, confidence and collaboration in the workplace. The program has already proven valuable for our group of nurses in the first cohort, and we’re moving forward with another group that has just started with the second cohort. I would absolutely recommend this program to other facilities who are looking for an in-depth program for their new graduate nurses.”

-Kristin Grimes, MSN, RN, CIC, assistant nurse manager at Mt. Graham Regional Medical Center and site champion for the Arizona Transition to Practice Program

The big picture: The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) contracted with AzHHA to assist with the administration of this program.

  • AzHHA has partnered with national curriculum 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 program.
Learn more

👉Interested in applying for the September 2024 cohort?


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.

What’s next:


Setting the record straight on latest Arnold Ventures-funded study

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A study, which was funded by Arnold Ventures, was highlighted in a Wall Street Journal article (subscription required) on Sunday, June 23, 2024.

  • The study blames hospital prices for a host of societal issues, including job losses outside of healthcare and increased suicide rates.

Key points as to why this study gets it wrong:

  • Hospital prices do not cause suicide; no single thing does.
  • The hospital is – or should be – a place of last resort for individuals in need of ongoing psychiatric care.
  • And hospitals are the only part of the healthcare system that are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to be there when needed, regardless of whether someone has insurance or the ability to pay.

Go deeper: Read the full response from AHA.


AzHHA releases DataGen reports

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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:

  • 1Q2024 Quality Measure Trends Analysis (sent Wednesday, June 5, 2024)
  • 1Q2024 Financial Indicators Analysis (sent Wednesday, June 12, 2024)

The Hertel Report 2024 Summer State of the State

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The 2024 Summer State of the State in Flagstaff, Ariz. includes The Hertel Report’s bi-annual healthcare market update.

  • What's next: The event program is from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2024.

Why it matters: Topics include the latest news on Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, the Marketplace, hospitals and healthcare systems, and organizations excelling in value-based payment arrangements including Accountable Care Organizations.

  • Attendees will also learn more about Northern Arizona Healthcare’s next steps, Arizona’s rural healthcare landscape, and the roles and responsibilities of Arizona’s health information exchange.
Register now

AzHHA members receive $15 off their registration with code “azhha2024.”



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.

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2024 - EMTALA surveys, deficiencies and interactions with agencies
This is the final session in the members-only webinar series designed to answer questions about EMTALA, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act. Questions? Reach out to [email protected].




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