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August 3, 2017

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"Skinny" Repeal Fails But There Is Still Much Room For Improvement
Greg Ensell, Vice President of Government Relations

Last week, Senator John McCain cast the deciding vote to end the Senate’s so-called “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act. AzHHA applauds Senator McCain for his leadership and political courage in rejecting this flawed bill and the faulty process by which it was created. We would also like recognize Governor Ducey for his efforts. While a strong, consistent opponent of the Affordable Care Act, Governor Ducey has been a leader in the defense of vulnerable Arizona families.

This is no time for political point-scoring. There are real problems with the Affordable Care Act including cost, access, and choices. On behalf of Arizona hospitals, healthcare providers, and patients, we’re hopeful this moment represents not the end, but a new beginning – an opportunity to find bipartisan solutions to the healthcare challenges we face.

State Adopts New Requirements To Address Opioid Epidemic
Debbie Johnston, Senior Vice President of Policy Development

Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich certified emergency rules on Friday, July 28th that require health care facilities to adopt and implement policies and procedures relating to the prescribing and administration of opioids for treatment purposes. These rules augment enhanced surveillance reporting requirements that the state adopted under Governor Ducey’s June 5th Emergency Declaration on the Opioid Overdose Epidemic in Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is also rolling out expanded blood screening for suspected opioid overdose cases. AzHHA members received our Regulatory and Legal Advisory on the emergency rules this week and will receive an updated advisory on the blood screening requirements as soon as more details are made available. ADHS has scheduled two webinars on the emergency rules for medical facilities, one on August 7th and the other August 11th.

Registration Is Open For AzHHA's Annual Leadership Conference
Karen Fallquist, Education/Office Coordinator 

Registration is now open for the 2017 AzHHA Annual Leadership Conference, taking place October 26-27th at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Resort in Marana. Join hospital CEOs, executives, trustees and community partners for thought-provoking discussions and educational sessions focused around this year’s theme: Patients, Purpose, Possibilities. For more information and to register, click here.

AzHHA's Annual Leadership Conference Will Include Session For Hospital Board Trustees and Advisory Board Members
Gina HillisDirector of Governance and Special Assistant to the President

The article above has the details regarding registration for AzHHA's conference. On October 25th we encourage Trustees and Advisory Board members to participate in a session specifically for them. “Hospital Board Trustees and Advisory Board Members 101” will be facilitated by national speaker Dr. Steve Berkowitz. This session will address major issues facing Board members now and in the future, offering an intimate stage for dialogue, networking, and engagement. Participants must be registered for the annual conference to attend. For more information contact Gina Hillis.

Webinar Series: Compensation Arrangements To Recruit & Retain Physicians & Executives
John Koeneke, Vice President of Business Development

AzHHA Affiliated Partners Program (APP) is pleased to announce that our APP partner LifeSolutionz has agreed to host two webinars (August 10th and August 17th), introducing their alternative compensation platform and the benefits it provides. The LifeSolutionz alternative compensation arrangement takes traditional compensation burdened by taxes and delivers it tax efficiently to the highly compensated. Participants enjoy significant tax and financial benefits without having to sacrifice access to their funds. If you would like to register for either webinar click here and for more information contact John Koeneke.

Point of Pride: Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona

Legacy Foundation of Southeast Arizona is taking steps to building a healthier community. The Foundation has developed a community benefit program (Health Promoters) designed to promote health and wellness, encourage preventative measures and guide their community members to appropriate resources. Health Promoters will soon be the "got to" resource for Sierra Vista and the surrounding communities connecting them with resources available for those in need of assistance.