ACA Determined to be Unconstitutional by Texas Judge by AzHHA

Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President of Strategy and General Counsel

Last week a federal judge ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) is unconstitutional because Congress repealed the tax penalty enforcing the law’s individual mandate.  However, the judge didn’t not immediately block the ACA from being enforced, instead leaving it the law of the land as the case winds its way through the courts.  The American Hospital Association has created a resource for hospitals that includes a summary and talking points for hospitals and health systems, click here to view the document.

McSally Takes Kyl’s Seat in the Senate by AzHHA

Less than four months of being appointed as state Senator, Jon Kyl announced that he will resign his Senate seat effective December 31st. This is not unexpected news as he had committed to serve until the end of the year upon his appointment in September. After months of speculation Governor Doug Ducey recently announced that Martha McSally, who narrowly lost the race for the state’s other U.S. Senate seat in November, would take the Senate seat along with Kyrsten Sinema. McSally and Sinema will serve alongside each other after facing off in one of the most contentious and expensive Senate races in Arizona’s history. 

Resources Helping Opioid Prescribers Meet State Mandate by AzHHA

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Beginning January 1, 2019, the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act mandates that any prescription for a Schedule II opioid to be transmitted electronically – the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS). This mandate would apply to prescribers in Arizona’s six largest counties. For prescribers in all other counties, there is a July 1, 2019 mandate. To increase EPCS in Arizona and prepare Arizona prescribers for this new state requirement, Health Current created the Click for Control campaign that includes a basic fact sheet, information and resources. If you have questions on EPCS or the Click for Control campaign, please contact Health Current at (602) 688-7200 or

Water and Stone: The Power of Mindfulness for Social Change by AzHHA

Genesis Verduzco, Communication Manager

When situations seem unwavering, we must remember the power behind our words and actions to create the most pivotal changes. If you attended the 2018 Annual Leadership Conference’s Resiliency for Healthcare Leadership breakout session, then you’ve already had a taste of the two-day conference. Join our friends from ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience for a non-traditional, two-day active conference featuring various keynote presentations. Early bird pricing is available until January 2, 2019.  For more information about the event or to register, click here.

Point of Pride: Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital by AzHHA

AzHHA would like to congratulate Mountain Valley Home for Health, a service of Mountain Valley Regional Rehabilitation Hospital, for being the recipient of the 2018 Press Ganey Guardian of Excellence Award. Press Ganey is an industry leader in measuring, understanding, and improving the patient experience. Mountain Valley Home for Health earned the distinction by achieving the 95th percentile in performance for Patient Experience during each reporting period in 2017. Members of the Mountain Valley Home for Health team provide continued clinical care and specialized therapies to patients as they progress from inpatient hospital stays to their homes. The team includes registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, medical social workers, and home health aides.