Tucson Medical Center Holding Opioid Drug Companies Accountable by Joe Furia

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

Much attention has been brought to the opioid epidemic impacting patients, communities and hospitals throughout Arizona. Across the country communities have been struggling to address this issue and while steps have been taken by individual hospitals, communities, states and the federal government, the epidemic continues to result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people. 

Since Arizona began collecting data on opioid deaths in June of 2017, at least two people per day, on average, have died of an opioid overdose in our state.  As part of a solution, Tucson Medical Center has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors to hold them accountable for their actions and stopping their illegal actions. In a statement released last week AzHHA President and CEO, Greg Vigdor said, “We applaud Tucson Medical Center’s leadership in stepping forward to hold opioid drug companies accountable for the devastation that this crisis has caused Arizona patients and families. The Arizona hospital and healthcare community is committed to meeting the needs of patients and families during this crisis. It is only right that drug companies who ignored their legal and ethical obligations be held accountable.”

In an effort to assist members in keeping current with the myriad of changes related to opioid prescribing requirements AzHHA engaged Coppersmith Brockelman to develop Arizona Opioid Compliance Toolkits for: (1) Hospitals and Outpatient Surgery Centers; and (2) Outpatient Clinics that are available to download here. In addition, we are holding a webinar on September 18th that will review the requirements and recommendations for structuring an opioid compliance program.

Register Your Trustees/Advisory Board for “Trustee 101” by Joe Furia

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

Back by popular demand, AzHHA will again be providing an informative and educational program for its member Board Trustees and Advisory Board Members.  While designed for new hospital trustees, even veteran trustees may want a refresher on key legal and practical issues facing trustees as they serve their hospital and communities. “Trustee 101: A Legal and Practical Toolkit for New (and Not-So-New) Hospital Trustees and Advisory Boards,” presented by Sam Coppersmith, partner with Coppersmith Brockelman PLC in Phoenix, on Wednesday, October 24th, from 3 – 5 p.m. 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. Early-bird registration ends August 31st.  

Ad Placement in AzHHA’s 2019 Arizona Hospital Directory by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Currently AzHHA is working with E&M Consulting, Inc. to produce the 2019 Arizona Hospital Directory. If you have questions about the ad space, E&M will be managing the ad sales, creative design, and formatting, and you can contact Rob with E&M directly at 602-412-3521, 800-572-0011, or rob@emconsultinginc.com. Information on the available advertising opportunities can be viewed online at www.emconsultinginc.com/adreservation/AZHHA.  

Southwest Region Fall Continuous Service Readiness Workshop by Joe Furia

Karen Fallquist, Education and Office Coordinator

Registration is now open for the Southwest Region Fall (CSR) Workshop, taking place October 2-3rd.  This workshop will address current and future challenges for The Joint Commission accreditation compliance, patient safety, and quality. The CSR Workshop is also open to Non-CSR participating hospitals. Even if your hospital is not Joint Commission Accredited, this workshop will provide information and best practices for improving quality and patient safety within your organization.

Program highlights include:

  • Environment of Care/Life Safety Challenges and Updates
  • Behavioral Health Challenges and Updates
  • Evidence of Standards Compliance: Preventive Analysis & Leadership Involvement

For more information and to register, click here.

Point of Pride: Terros Health by Joe Furia

Earlier this year Peggy Chase, President and CEO of Terros Health was recognized for her work by being named one of the Most Influential Women in Arizona. This list of influential women consists of Arizona business women across multiple industries who have influenced their fields through hard-earned track records of professional excellence, leadership, and community impact. Under the leadership of Ms. Chase Terros Health has grown to serve and impact the lives of over 50,000 Arizonans per year. Congratulations to Ms. Chase on this well-earned recognition.