Senate Passes Opioid Legislation by Joe Furia

Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

This week the U.S. Senate passed a package of more than 70 bills to address the opioid crisis. Known as the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, the Senate must now reconcile its measure with previously passed House legislation which itself combines more than 50 bills. The Senate package includes some significant differences from the House legislation. For example, the Senate bill does not include House-passed provisions to:

  • Partially repeal the Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion; and

  • Ease privacy restrictions for “Part 2” providers.

AzHHA supports the full repeal of the IMD exclusion and easing certain restrictions on “Part 2” providers. Until recently, Arizona had been able to utilize much-needed IMD beds to treat patients with behavioral health and substance use disorder diagnoses. In addition, easing privacy restrictions on “Part 2” providers who treat patients with substance use disorders will improve care coordination between providers.

AzHHA’s Annual Leadership Conference Deadlines Fast Approaching! by Joe Furia

Karen Fallquist, Education and Office Coordinator

Don’t miss out on the 2018 AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference, taking place October 24-26th at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort in Marana. With dynamic keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, and networking opportunities, this year’s conference is sure to be one of the best. When you register, don’t forget to make your room reservations. The cut-off date for the room block is Monday, September 24th. For conference registration and hotel information, click here.

Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership is Accepting Applications by Joe Furia

Shayna Diamond, Director of Community Affairs

The Arizona Institute for Healthcare Leadership (AIHL) program provides high potential midlevel to senior level healthcare leaders within not for profit, for profit and government hospitals and healthcare organizations the necessary skills to become exceptional leaders. Participants have richly diverse backgrounds from many clinical and nonclinical aspects of healthcare including: IT, nursing, ambulatory care, rehab, pharmacy, physician practices, telemedicine, quality, finance, human resources, case management and more. Apply by September 27th to receive a $250 discount in addition to the $250 discount AzHHA members receive. For more information contact Joanne Schlosser or call 480-840-6024

Point of Pride: Steward Health Care by Joe Furia

Earlier this month our member Steward Health Care announced its partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ D-backs Give Back Youth Jersey Program. The goal of the D-backs Give Back Youth Jersey Program is to support community youth athletics by offsetting diminishing resources and helping leagues make investments in other key areas. The program enables youth baseball and softball leagues across Arizona to reduce enrollment fees, purchase equipment, perform field improvements, complete facility upgrades, and invest in self-sustaining fundraising. This partnership will provide branded jerseys and corresponding caps for 110 youth baseball and softball leagues and 65,000 players and coaches across the state of Arizona in 2019.