AzHHA Submits Public Charge Rule Comments by AzHHA

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

The comment period closed this week for the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed rule on the Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds. If finalized, the rule will vastly expand the types of public benefits (including use of Medicaid services) that would be used in making “public charge determinations” for legal immigrants seeking a change in their status. The Agency received over 200,000 comments on the rule. AzHHA joined many other healthcare organizations in expressing concern over the chilling effect that the policy change would have on Medicaid enrollment, and subsequent negative impact on health outcomes.

CMS Price Transparency Webinar Monday by AzHHA

Genesis Verduzco, Communications Manager

Effective January 1, 2019, CMS is requiring hospitals to post their current standard charges via the internet in a machine-readable format updated at least annually. Hospitals need to be proactive and prepare key personnel to help consumers navigate these new requirements and understand what the numbers truly represent. Hospitals must also be ready to communicate externally about the common misconceptions related to standard charges, and the efforts that have been made to make meaningful pricing information available to everyone. Communications between financial and communications departments, and c-suites, will be critical to ensure everyone is prepared. AzHHA along with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania will be offering a webinar, CMS Price Transparency, on Monday, December 17th at noon (Eastern). For more information or to register, click here.

Winter State of the State by AzHHA

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

The Hertel Report’s Winter State of the State will be held Wednesday, January 23th in Tucson and Friday, January 25th in Phoenix. This event features top stories impacting the Arizona healthcare industry and local market updates. The Winter State of the State will also include meaningful data and trends for Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and the Health Insurance Marketplace. AzHHA members receive discounted pricing with promo code. Please request promo code by contacting communications@azhha.org. To register and view more details about the event, click here.

340B Ceiling Prices Take Effect January 2019 by AzHHA

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

After several years being delayed, The Health and Human Services issued a final rule on its final regulations on drug ceiling prices and civil monetary penalties for manufacturers under the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The new policies will be effective January 1, 2019. In September several hospital systems and associations filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to order the Department of Health and Human Services to make effective within 30 days a final rule requiring drug companies to disclose the ceiling price for 340B outpatient drugs after HHS had delayed effective date for the rule five times.  

Point of Pride: Florence Hospital by AzHHA

Earlier this month it was announced that our member, formerly known as Florence Hospital at Anthem, will re-open its doors as Florence Hospital, A Campus of Mountain Vista Medical Center. Steward Health Care officials told the Florence City Council that it plans on re-opening the facility in early 2019. Florence Hospital will have a 24-hour emergency room, however patients with higher needs will be transferred to Mountain Vista Medical in Mesa.