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August 24, 2017

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New Death Registration System Goes Live Next Month
Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

The Arizona Department of Health Services’ (ADHS) Bureau of Vital Records will be implementing a new electronic death registration system called the Database Application for Vital Events (DAVE) next month. This system will replace the current death registration system, known as Vital Systems Information Management System. Medical certifiers and staff who complete data entry will need to register with the DAVE Site. ADHS will host a training session Monday, Sept. 11th.

For questions about DAVE, contact Bianca Soto or Toni Miller. For assistance with completing the user registration forms, contact BVRSupport@azdhs.gov or call 602-364-2230.

AHCCCS Announces Date to Make Trauma and Emergency Services Fund Payments
Jim Haynes, Senior Vice President, and Chief Operating Officer

Earlier this week, AHCCCS announced that they will be distributing the second trauma and emergency services payments for state FY 2017 on August 24th. Ninety percent of the available funds are made to hospitals with a level 1 trauma center. These payments are made twice per year; the first distribution was made March 2017. The other 10 percent of the funds are distributed to hospitals that have emergency centers. These payments are made once per year. The total amount being paid this week will be $12,811,350.

Opioid Enhanced Surveillance Advisory Revision
Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

Last week the Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that they are revising the Enhanced Surveillance Advisory to remove the requirement that hospitals collect blood samples from suspected opioid overdoses and transfer them to the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory. However, transport and toxicology screening will continue to be available for those facilities willing to voluntarily submit samples free of charge. AzHHA has worked over the past couple of weeks with ADHS leadership to address concerns related to how the Advisory could impact patient care and continues to do so in regards to the emergency rule.

AzHHA Welcomes New Director of Care Improvement
Sandy Severson, Vice President of Care Improvement

AzHHA is pleased to welcome Vicki Buchda as Director of Care Improvement. Vicki has a background in nursing with administrative and leadership experience. As Director of Care Improvement, Vicki’s primary focus will be assisting Arizona hospitals participating in AHA’s Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET) and Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) with their quality improvement efforts. Through this CMS grant funded work, HRET participating states/hospitals have saved over 87,000 lives and improved safety with over $19.8 billion in cost savings over the past four years.

ARMSRx Renews Agreement with AzHHA APP
John Koeneke, Vice President of Business Development

ARMSRx has recently renewed its agreement with AzHHA's Affiliated Partners Program (AzHHA APP) and will continue to provide pharmacy benefit consulting to AzHHA members. ARMSRx services are inclusive for all AzHHA members and provide a complimentary savings analysis, as well as implementation, on-going monitoring, audits and account management. PBM audits, contract review and clinical consulting are available upon request and priced separately outside these agreements. For more information about services offered by ARMSRx or other AzHHA APP services, contact John Koeneke.

Point of Pride: Little Colorado Medical Center

Soon after a community program discontinued providing meals to seniors in Winslow, Little Colorado Medical Center (LCMC) took on the task to provide their community’s seniors with meals. Now each week, seniors are welcome to eat free at the LCMC’s café and have the opportunity to interact with other seniors in their community. This week LCMC celebrated Senior Citizens Day with cake and flowers as these seniors enjoyed their free lunch.