National Mental Health Awareness Week and the IMD Exclusion in Medicaid by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

This National Mental Health Awareness Week we are taking the opportunity to advance the understanding of those with behavioral health needs. While we’ve made significant strides in shifting the stigma related to mental illness, we still need to find better and more sustainable ways of preventing, treating and managing behavioral healthcare needs. One example would be the outdated and burdensome Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMD) exclusion in Medicaid. Because of Medicaid’s IMD exclusion, these medically necessary inpatient stays are unavailable to low-income Arizonans. Read more here.   

AzHHA Releases Hospital Finance Reports for July 2018 by Joe Furia

Results for July 2018 show a marked increase in overall operating income year to date. At the same time, the uncompensated care is continuing to run well below the levels encountered when the enrollment was frozen. The graph below illustrates that uncompensated care rose when the number of childless adults covered by the AHCCCS program declined, and then decreased when coverage was restored and expanded to 133 percent of the federal poverty level.

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Over the last few months, the AHCCCS population has begun to shrink after several years of steady expansion. The overall population served by AHCCCS has decreased by 3%, over the last year as illustrated below:

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In addition, the childless adult population financed through the provider assessment declined rather dramatically beginning in November 2017 through June 2018, but has started to rise again over the last several months as shown below:

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Annual Conference Registration Closes Monday! by Joe Furia

Karen Fallquist, Education and Office Coordinator

Registration will close on Monday, October 15th for AzHHA’s Annual Leadership Conference, taking place October 24-26 at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort in Marana. Come and engage with your colleagues in the educational breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and multiple networking opportunities. All registrations after Monday will incur a $75 late fee. Are you an AzHHA member? If so, take advantage of our multi-registrant discount! Register three attendees and get the fourth attendee registration fee waived. Click here and register today!

Vote for the Health of It by Joe Furia

Greg Ensell, Vice President Government Relations

The November elections are right around the corner and it is important that voters are educated on issues that affect our state. Vote for the Health of it is a website that helps voters be prepared for the November general elections. This website allows individuals to check and update their voter registration as well as educate voters on key healthcare issues to consider when voting for their candidates. Exercising our right to vote is a way we aspire to service our community and to achieve our mission to provide exceptional health care with compassion. Lastly, but most importantly, we encourage you to take the pledge and Vote for the Health of it.

Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership is Accepting Applications until October 19th! by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Arizona healthcare organizations with an eye to the future have been sending their top talent to the Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership (AIHL), program for over a decade. AIHL develops healthcare professionals with leadership skills including emotional intelligence, communication and the ability to deal with change. Apply by OCTOBER 19th for the January-October 2019 cohort and receive a discount on the cost of participation. In addition, AzHHA members receive a $250 discount when applying. For more information contact Joanne Schlosser (480) 840-6024.

Point of Pride: Tucson Medical Center by Joe Furia

Congratulations to our member Tucson Medical Center (TMC) who recently received grant funding from the Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. These funds will be used to provide car seats to low-income families along with one-on-one education through car seat giveaway events. In addition, grant funds will allow TMC to continue public education and awareness efforts aimed at increasing proper and consistent use of seat belts and child safety seats with a goal of reducing the number of fatalities and injuries due to vehicular crashes throughout Arizona.