Department of Health Services Rule Makings in Progress by Joe Furia

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has recently initiated two rulemakings impacting hospitals and health systems. The first rule-making updates regulations governing Medical Direction and Base Hospitals. A stakeholder meeting was held August 27th to review draft rules, with the next meeting scheduled September 17th at the Department of Health Services. The draft rules address various concerns that stakeholders have raised over the past few years, including issues related to:

  • Medical director qualifications

  • Security of controlled substances

  • Information sharing upon patient transfer of care

Comments on the draft rules can be submitted prior to September 30th through the ADHS rules portal.

The second rulemaking conforms licensure regulations to Laws 2017, Ch. 122. This legislation eliminates renewal licensure for healthcare institutions, thus requiring ADHS to implement a perpetual license process. ADHS has posted information about the draft rules on their website. They will hold the first stakeholder meeting for medical facilities on October 1st.

Candidates Gearing Up for the General Elections by Joe Furia

Greg Ensell, Vice President Government Relations

With the Primary Election behind us, all the attention is focused on preparing for the General Election. While there are major competitions including U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor and other statewide seats, our members may be the most impacted by the elections for state legislature. Below are some key candidate races for which we will keep a watchful eye:

  • Legislative District 6 (Flagstaff, Show Low) - Long-time republican incumbent Senator Sylvia Allen is facing democratic challenger Wade Carlisle in a rural swing district.

  • Legislative District 17 (Chandler) - Current Speaker of the House republican Representative. J.D. Mesnard will face democrat Steve Weichert. This suburban district has never elected a democrat; however, some Capitol railbirds believe that this year that may change.

  • Legislative District 18 (Ahwatukee, South Tempe) - For years this district has elected both republicans and democrats. This year, democratic incumbent Senator Sean Bowie is being challenged by republican Frank Schmuck. In the House, republican Representatives Jill Norgaard and Greg Patterson are competing against democrats Rep. Mitizi Epstein and Jennifer Jermaine.

  • Legislative District 28 (North Central Phoenix, Paradise Valley) - This district is one of the most competitive in the state and all three seats are up for grabs. Republican incumbent Senator Kate Brophy McGee is facing 2016 teacher of the year and democratic nominee Christine Marshall. In the House, republican Representatives Maria Syms and Kathy Pappas Petsas face off against democratic Representatives Kelli Butler and Arron Lieberman.

To find information on the candidates click here or to register to vote click here.

CMS Modifies HIIN Contract by Joe Furia

Vicki Buchda, Director of Care Improvement

We are excited to inform you that we received information about the much-anticipated CMS HIIN contract modification. AzHHA’s HIIN program is pleased to announce its approval, extending the period of base performance through March 27, 2019. No action is need from any of our state’s participating partners. Please contact Vicki Buchda or Sandy Severson if you have questions. If you are not currently participating in HRET HIIN and would like more information about how to participate, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We appreciate your continued dedication to improving care at our state’s hospitals and health systems for patients and families. We look forward to the continued partnership and driving towards bold aims together.

The MacGyver Method for Healthcare Communication by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

Those working in marketing, communications, public relations or community engagement are encouraged to attend “The MacGyver Method for Healthcare Communication” October 24th at the AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference. Participants will learn about effective strategies for healthcare communications using social media platforms. A tripod and microphone compatible with most mobile devices will be provided (one per facility) and participants will be invited to use these items to capture their leadership with national speakers and other healthcare leaders during the AzHHA Annual Conference. AzHHA members receive a 25% multi-registrant discount (four staff members can attend for the price of three). If your administrative staff and clinical staff are already attending, consider bringing your communications staff, too. Space is limited.

72nd Arizona Nurses Association Convention by Joe Furia

Sandy Severson, Vice President of Care Improvement

We all know the tremendous value nurses bring to healthcare, but we don’t always take the time to show them. This year be sure your nurses attend the Arizona Nurses Association Convention, September 28 -29th at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino. The focus of the convention is exceptional nurses making a difference in the profession, patient care, and social issues. Focus topics will include:

·         gun violence

·         human trafficking

·         simulation

·         forensic nursing

·         the opioid crisis

·         nurses as super heroes and more

Click here to register or download the convention brochure here.

Point of Pride: The Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona by Joe Furia

Last year Cochise County released a community health assessment that reported major health issues residents were faced with. As a result, The Legacy Foundation of Southeastern Arizona was inspired into action. They established a prescriptive grant structure and as a result there are there are several activities being developed to accomplish this goal, including

·         enhancing hydration stations in Cochise County to encourage consumption of water and reduce sugary drinks

·         developing a Leadership Academy to train grass-roots community leadership to identify and make system changes in their communities

·         strengthening school health initiatives wherein an individual functioning as a school liaison will work with school personnel to identify system changes in schools such as healthier lunches, gardening opportunities on a farm to table approach, physical activity or school pantries for students

This is just one example of how AzHHA members, like the Legacy Foundation of Southern Arizona, is leading real change for the patients, people and communities across our state.