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Connection newsletter 7-4-24

Read about a ruling that says HHS online tracking "bulletins" are unlawful, the key dates for the 2024 Arizona Primary Election and the deadline extension for the Arizona Transition to Practice Program cohort three applications.




This week, read about: A ruling that says HHS online tracking “bulletins” are unlawful. The key date

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By AzHHA Communications ● July 4, 2024

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This week, read about:

  • A ruling that says HHS online tracking “bulletins” are unlawful.
  • The key dates for the 2024 Arizona Primary Election.
  • The deadline extension for the Arizona Transition to Practice Program cohort three applications.

Wishing you a happy and healthy fourth of July!


Ruling says HHS online tracking “bulletins” are unlawful

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On Thursday, June 20, 2024, a United States District Court Judge in Texas ruled in favor of the American Hospital Association, the Texas Hospital Association and hospital plaintiffs.

  • The ruling states that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “bulletins” that restrict healthcare providers from using standard third-party web technologies that capture IP addresses on portions of their public-facing webpages were unlawful final rules and vacating the March 2024 Revised Bulletin.

Why it matters: As a result of the decision, hospitals and healthcare systems will again be able to rely on these important technologies.

What’s next: It’s unclear if an appeal will occur in this case. Stay tuned for updates on further developments.


Key dates: 2024 Arizona Primary Election

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The 2024 Arizona Primary Election is on Tuesday, July 30, 2024.

Key dates for this election:

  • Wednesday, July 3, 2024: Early ballots mailed and early voting begins
  • Friday, July 19, 2024: Last day to request an early ballot
  • Tuesday, July 23, 2024: Last day to mail back your ballot
  • Friday, July 26, 2024: Last day to vote early in person

The big picture: All registered voters, including independents, may vote in the July 30 primary. Voters not affiliated with a party just need to request a ballot.


🚨Deadline extended: Cohort three Arizona Transition to Practice Program applications


The application deadline for the third Arizona Transition to Practice Program for New Graduate Registered Nurses cohort beginning in September 2024 has been extended to Friday, July 12, 2024.

Apply now

The big picture:

  • Any Arizona healthcare facility licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services that hires new graduate registered nurses may apply.
  • Priority is 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.

Dig deeper: Read this article from Becker’s Hospital Review about the program.

Questions? Email [email protected].


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:



Friday, July 12, 2024 - 2024 Summer State of the State
This event includes The Hertel Report’s bi-annual healthcare market update. 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. AzHHA members receive $15 off their registration with code “azhha2024.” 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.

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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