Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association News

June is National Safety Month!

June is National Safety Month and it focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, in the last decade, trauma deaths increased by 22.8%, making it the leading cause of years of potential life lost. […]

A Personal Look at Mental Health

Today’s blog comes to us from Sandy Severson, Vice President of Care Improvement at the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA). Ms. Severson shares her own personal account of a family member’s devastating diagnosis. Once you’ve had a chance to read it, we’d love to have you share your thoughts. Generating important discussions around the […]

World Sickle Cell Day

Sickle cell disease is an inherited red blood cell disorder that affects roughly 100,000 Americans according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Mayo Clinic describes Sickle Cell anemia as – “a condition in which there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen throughout your body.” Normally, your red blood […]

Workplace Safety

National Safety Month gives us a chance to think about workplace safety in a healthcare environment. Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s (AzHHA) Director of Care Improvement, Vicki Buchda, dives a little deeper into safety in the healthcare workplace in today’s blog. Once you’ve had a chance to read it, we’d love to have you share […]

Right Care, Right Time

Today’s guest blog comes to us from our partners at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Institute of Tucson. At the heart of this piece is a belief that we hold dear at the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA)…..that finding the right care at the right time is critical to health outcomes. Once you have a chance to […]

Men’s Health Month

June is recognized as Men’s Health Month by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Men’s Health Month heightens the awareness of preventable health problems, and encourages early detection and treatment for diseases and conditions affecting men and boys.  Do you know the top men’s health threats? The list includes heart disease, cancer and unintentional injury. […]

Improving Care Through Data Sharing

Health Current, Arizona’s Health Information Exchange or HIE Dr. Karst at Horizon Health & Wellness remembers when his staff was first able to avoid a needle stick for a frequent, elderly patient of the clinic because of their connection to Arizona’s statewide health information exchange or HIE, Health Current. The staff knew very well both […]

Suicide Rates are Climbing

The recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain have focused a lot of attention and driven a lot of discussions about the state of mental health in our country. A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that “Suicide rates in the United States have risen nearly 30% since […]

Uncompensated Care Trends

Results for March 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 […]