Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association News

Affordable Care Act

Annual enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace with be upon us in just a few weeks. The ACA has been a hot button issue in Arizona.  Understanding some of the influences on the national level will provide context and perhaps address some of the concerns that have been expressed locally. Below are a […]

National Rehab Week

This week, we celebrate the extraordinary work rehabilitation hospitals do to help improve the lives of patients every day. Of course, we cannot celebrate the success and contributions of our hospitals without recognizing the women and men who make them great. Below you will find a heartfelt letter of appreciation for our rehabilitation member Encompass […]

National Recovery Month

Today’s blog comes to us from our friends at Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI), a non-profit integrated behavioral healthcare agency offering a variety of programs and services for Arizonans to become the best possible version of themselves. With September being National Recovery Month, we in Arizona are fortunate to have access to the largest recovery month […]

Regulatory Overload

Most would agree that some federal regulations in the health care world, particularly those that make sure patients receive safe, high-quality care – is both necessary and in the best interest of the patient. But, did you know, HealthCareFiananceNews.com recently wrote: “Hospitals and post-acute care providers face 629 discrete regulatory requirements, including 341 hospital-related requirements […]

Pain Awareness Month

The kids are back in school, the Diamondbacks are fighting for a playoff spot, and temperatures are starting to occasionally drop below triple digits! Yes, September is here in Arizona…which also means it is a very special time of year…..Pain Awareness Month. There’s been a lot of talk about opioids and opioid misuse over the […]

Suicide Prevention Month

Today’s blog comes to us from our friends at St. Luke’s Behavioral Health Center. The focus is on September being National Suicide Prevention Month and how, here in our state, we are seeing a rise in teen suicide rates. Once you’ve had a chance to look it over, we’d love to hear your feedback. Driving important […]

Hospital Finance Report

Results for June 2018 show a marked increase in overall operating income year to date. At the same time, the uncompensated care is continuing to run well below the levels encountered when the enrollment was frozen. The graph below illustrates that uncompensated care rose when the number of childless adults covered by the AHCCCS program declined, […]

This is Just the Beginning

The blog below comes to us from the first-ever Thoughtful Life Conversations (TLC) newsletter! TLC’s mission is to “empower Arizonans to make known their life wishes and care directives and to equip their healthcare teams with resources to honor them.” Take a look at the first newsletter and let us know what you think. If […]

Sepsis Awareness Month

Roughly half of all Americans have never even heard of the word – and yet, this devastating illness kills someone every two minutes, which is more than prostate cancer, breast cancer and AIDS combined. September is Sepsis Awareness Month. According to MCN Healthcare: Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection. It is life-threatening, and […]