ADHS Begins Discussion on Perpetual Licensing by AzHHA

Debbie Johnston, Vice President of Policy Development

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) held a stakeholder meeting this week to begin discussing draft rules that will establish a process for perpetual licensing. The rules stem from legislation enacted in 2017 and impact all types of healthcare facilities. AzHHA members will soon receive a regulatory alert regarding the rules. ADHS is accepting comments on the draft rules through December 16th  via the Department’s online portal. More information on the rulemaking can be found here.


Vicki Buchda, Director of Care Improvement

AzHHA’s Hospital Innovation Improvement Network (HIIN) hospitals, along with over 4,000 of our nation’s hospitals have joined the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create safer hospitals and health systems. The overall goals for HIIN programs are to reduce harm and readmissions through Safety Across the Board (SAB), which involves three key imperatives: Culture, Strong Safety Processes and Engagement. SAB is not prescriptive, but emphasizes building capacity for safe, reliable care. In Arizona, through the work of the AzHHA HIIN hospitals over the last 24 months, 762 harms were prevented, and almost $10 million dollars were saved. In addition, AzHHA HIIN is proud to be a sponsor and founding member of the 7th Annual Adda Alexander Patient Safety Conference which will be held on November 2nd. 

Deadline Approaching – Register Your Trustee/Advisory Board Today! by AzHHA

Gina Hillis, Director of Governance and Special Assistant to the President

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity! AzHHA will be providing an informative and educational program for its member Board Trustees and Advisory Board Members. While this program is designed for new hospital trustees, even veteran trustees may want a refresher on key legal and practical issues facing trustees as they serve their hospitals and communities. “Trustee 101:  A Legal and Practical Toolkit for New (and Not-So-New) Hospital Trustees and Advisory Boards” will be presented by Sam Coppersmith, partner with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC in Phoenix, on Wednesday, October 24th at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Resort in Marana. This program will be held in conjunction with the Association’s Annual Leadership Conference, October 24 – 26th. A discounted conference rate is available for Trustees and Advisory Board Members. This session will address major issues facing Board members today and going into the future, as well as offer an intimate stage for dialogue, peer networking and engagement.  Strengthen your Board by providing them with this great opportunity. Registration closes October 15th. If you have any questions regarding this session, please contact Gina Hillis.

CSS Exam Preparation for HIM Professionals by AzHHA

John Koeneke, Vice President of Business Development

Are you ready for the Certified Coding Specialist exam? The CCS Exam Prep is a refresher course designed to assist you with the challenges of studying for AHIMA’s CCS examination. Each session is designed to improve, review, refresh, and renew your coding skills as well as offer guidance and practice with multiple choice, medical scenario test taking and recommendations on what you need to do to prepare for the actual exam. CSS Exam Prep will be offered in both October and November. To learn more about these webinars click here. To register click here.

Click for Control Campaign Helps Providers Meet Mandate of Electronic Prescriptions of Schedule II Opioids by AzHHA

Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President Strategy and General Counsel

The Click for Control Campaign aims to help Arizona providers meet the state mandate of electronic prescriptions of Schedule II opioids beginning January 1, 2019. E-prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) improves patient safety, quality and practice workflow in addition to reducing fraud and prescribing errors. These free webinars are available to assist you and your organization in preparing for the January deadline. To view the dates or to register, click here.

Point of Pride: Maricopa Integrated Health System by AzHHA

Kris Gaw is not only Maricopa Integrated Health System’s Chief Operating Officer but also one of the most influential leaders in healthcare. Mrs. Gaw has been recognized numerous times for her leadership including one of the Top 25 COOs in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare, Outstanding Women in Business by the Phoenix Business Journal and her latest recognition as one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona by AZ Big Media. In addition to being an exceptional leader, Mrs. Gaw is a member of the executive leadership team of the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women” campaign to end heart disease and stroke among women. She also serves on the board of Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, Maricopa County’s public behavioral health care system for persons challenged by serious mental illness.