Author: amanda

Combating the Arizona Opioid Epidemic

“It’s the worst I’ve seen in 30 years, this toll that it’s taken on families. The crack (cocaine) crisis was not as bad,” said Doug Coleman, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in charge of Arizona. He was referring generally to the opioid crisis in Arizona, and specifically to the flood of illicit fentanyl […]

Porn = Public Health Crisis?

You may have heard that Arizona considering to declare porn a public health crisis, but that’s nothing new. Last year Virginia, Utah and South Carolina proposed legislation regarding porn. Public health threats typically include topics such as prescription drug misuse, antibiotic resistance, smoking, and stopping outbreaks. What we are reading: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/429244-arizona-considers-declaring-porn-a-public-health-crisis http://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/news/arizona-might-quickly-class-pornography-as-a-public-well-being-disaster/ Source: http://hopeforthesold.com/news/infographic-the-unsexy-effects-of-porn/ What […]

Telemedicine: A Q&A with The Mayo Clinic’s Bart Demaerschalk, M.D. (Part 2)

Telemedicine in Arizona has a long history. AZHHA recently sat down with The Mayo Clinic’s Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., Medical Director for Synchronous Services, Center for Connected Care, which partners with hospitals across Arizona to provide the highest quality care for patients via telemedicine, and in particular, telestroke. This is the second of a two-part blog. […]

Telemedicine: A Q&A with The Mayo Clinic’s Bart Demaerschalk, M.D. (Part 1)

Telemedicine in Arizona has a long history. AZHHA recently sat down with The Mayo Clinic’s Bart Demaerschalk, M.D., Medical Director for Synchronous Services, Center for Connected Care, which partners with hospitals across Arizona to provide the highest quality care for patients via telemedicine, and in particular, telestroke. This is the first of a two-part blog. […]

Patient Friendly Billing for Millennials (and those of us in the same mindset)

By: Kelly Ryan, Regional VP of Business Development, Healthcare Resource Group I’ll admit right up front, I am not a millennial. I’m sure that makes a few colleagues chuckle, but it puts this blog in perspective. I was recently conducting research for a blog on “patient-friendly billing for healthcare organizations.” What I discovered was a strong […]

Yavapai Regional Medical Center Brings Telemedicine to Patients — and Their Own Employees.

Telemedicine has become a vital tool to deliver timely and effective medical care, particularly in rural areas. One hospital in Arizona, Yavapai Regional Medical Center, is using telemedicine to improve patient satisfaction and treat conditions that would otherwise need the services of a “big-city” hospital two hours away. https://www.urac.org/blog/current-state-telehealth-infographic How is telemedicine being used in […]

Skyrocketing Prescription Drug Prices Troublesome Throughout Healthcare System

Much has been written about the cost of prescription drugs in business journals, in healthcare blogs, in government publications and issue briefs from the American Academy of Actuaries. So many are watching because skyrocketing drug prices are not sustainable and are a serious economic threat to the communities we serve. Left unchecked, they threaten patient […]

Rural, Inpatient Dialysis is the Telemedicine Trifecta: Improving Access, Improving Outcomes and Saving Millions

By Greg EnsellVice President of Government Relations, AzHHA (L to R) Matthew Gembala, MD, of AKDHC demonstrates how a telenephrology consultation works with Troy Layden, RN, Summit dialysis manager, and Fredda Kermes, Summit telemedicine manager. When Summit Healthcare in Show Low, AZ, lost its inpatient dialysis service and its two local nephrologists in 2016, it was no longer able […]