Access to Short-term Health Plans Expands by Joe Furia

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

Last week the departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued a final rule that will allow consumers to buy short-term health plans to provide coverage for up to 36 months. These limited duration plans are not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage, such as essential health benefits, coverage of pre-existing conditions or the requirement to sell to any consumer regardless of health status. While these products may be appealing because of their cheaper price tag, they could end up costing a patient far more by covering fewer benefits and health conditions—which could result in an increase in medical bankruptcies. Policy experts also believe these plans will increase provider bad debt and undermine the individual insurance market by attracting younger, healthier people away from the current risk pool and driving up the costs for those that remain. It is estimated that about 600,000 Americans will newly enroll in a short-term health plan under the rule, increasing federal spending on marketplace subsidies by $0.2 billion in 2019 and $28.2 billion over ten years.

Latest DataGen Reports by Joe Furia

Ann-Marie Alameddin, Vice President Strategy and General Counsel

The following DataGen reports were sent by AzHHA Analytics to our members:

  • CY 2019 OPPS proposed rule                                                                 sent 08/08/18
  • 2Q2018 Quality Program Measure Trends Analysis                                sent 08/02/18
  • S-10 Un-compensated Care Distribution Analysis version 2                   sent 07/25/18
  • FFY 2019 Medicare CAH VBP Analysis                                                    sent 07/17/18

If you would like a copy of your hospital report emailed to you, please email AzHHA Analytics.

DataGen reports are sent to hospitals as a part of AzHHA membership. DataGen utilizes Medicare analytics to create hospital-specific reports that support hospital operations, finance and enhance quality initiatives.

For more information on the 2018 DataGen schedule for release of DataGen reports, click here.

Registration is Open for the AzHFMA Fall Conference by Joe Furia

Jim Haynes, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Save the date for the 2018 AzHFMA Fall Conference. The Arizona Healthcare Financial Management Association will be holding its fall conference September 26-28th in Chandler. This year’s theme is “Game Time” meaning that not only will attendees have a great time but also dive into thought provoking educational sessions. To view the agenda here or click here to register.

5th Annual Arizona Health Equity Conference by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Registration for the 5th Annual Arizona Health Equity Conference has opened with early bird pricing. AzHHA is a proud member of the conference planning committee and is dedicated to reducing health disparities and promoting health equity through research, prevention, clinical care, and policy. Submissions for presenters and sponsors are now being accepted for this October 11th event at the Desert Willow Conference Center. Over 300 professionals from diverse backgrounds and regions will come together and discuss ways to address health equity in Arizona. For more information, click here.

Point of Pride: White Mountain Regional Medical Center by Joe Furia

 Brigid Holland, Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance, White Mountain Regional Medical Center 

Brigid Holland, Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance, White Mountain Regional Medical Center 

Last month our member White Mountain Regional Medical Center (WMRMC), received special recognition at the 2018 Rural Health Conference for their efforts in combatting the opioid crisis within their community. As the concern over the opioid crisis started to increase, WMRMC , with the generous support of the AzFlex Supplemental Grant, White Mountain Regional Medical Center was able to provide education on the issue to both community members and providers. In a broader approach and in collaboration with The Apache County Drug Free Alliance and other stakeholders, WMRMC launched several campaigns including poster, social media, billboard, and along side the education opportunities. Two staff members will be attending the Chronic Pain Management Workshop Leadership training in order to provide alternatives to opioids for community members who suffer from chronic pain. But their efforts do not end there, this October WMRMC will host the award-winning Reality Tour Drug Prevention Program, and a one-hour community education event to continue combatting the opioid crisis.