ADHS has launched a new website called the AZ Hospital Compare website which (for the first time) provides an online searchable database to help Arizonans make educated decisions about their healthcare. The new website will allow patients and their families to explore the care and outcomes, costs and charges of Arizona’s licensed hospitals. The transparency that the site provides regarding outcomes will no doubt improve hospital performance as well.
For example, expectant mothers will be able to look for a hospital that excels in uncomplicated newborn deliveries or lower C-section rates. Patients planning a knee replacement or shoulder surgery can learn how much they would be charged at one hospital versus another and find out how hospitals compare when it comes to healthcare associated infections from surgeries. The online tool also helps healthcare professionals, policy makers, and legislators to develop and implement important health policies and best practice guidelines that will increase the quality of health care, while reducing costs.
The site uses data from 2011 inpatient discharges collected from all Arizona licensed hospitals. The website contains complete supporting documentation on the methodology used and integrated processes like the quality indicators and the cost-to-charge ratios. This website has the potential to be a positive step towards transparency in Arizona hospital care.
The 40th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference is accepting abstracts for Poster Presentations due on Friday, May 31, 2013. Poster Presentations are scheduled for Tuesday, August 20 from 2:30—3:15.
The poster presentations will provide you with an opportunity to showcase your study and/or research that relates to the conference theme and incorporates one of the three tracks listed in this brochure. Display boards will be provided. There will be two poster categories: Student and Non-Student.
We highly encourage you to register for the conference.
Daily and full conference discounted registration fees will be offered to presenters.
To learn more about the conference, visit our conference page.
Note: Travel arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the presenters.
To access the application form click here. You will be able to submit the application electronically.
Feel free to contact Rebecca Ruiz with any questions: email@example.com | 520.626.2243 | Fax: 520.626-3101
NOTIFICATION FOR POSTER PRESENTATIONS Notification of acceptance will be provided by email no later than Friday, June 7, 2013 . Additional details will be provided in the acceptance letter.
May 3, 2013
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has recognized the Center for Rural Health in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona (the Arizona Center for Rural Health) as its Outstanding Rural Health Organization for 2013. The Arizona Center for Rural Health will be recognized along with the recipients of other rural health awards presented annually by NRHA.
“We’re especially proud of this year’s winners,” said Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. “They have each already made tremendous strides to advance rural health care, and we’re confident they will continue to help improve the lives of rural Americans.”
According to Dr. Neil MacKinnon, Arizona Center for Rural Health professor and director, “Our Center partners with Arizona’s rural communities in a variety of ways to improve access to care, reduce costs of care and to enhance the quality and safety of care. It is both humbling and affirming to be recognized nationally for our efforts.”
The Arizona Center for Rural Health will receive the award on May 9 at NRHA’s 36th Annual Rural Health Conference in Louisville, Ky. The conference is the largest gathering of rural health professionals in the nation. The 21,000-member NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health of rural Americans through advocacy, education and research and is the main voice for rural health in the nation.
“The mission of our Center is to improve the health and wellness of Arizona’s rural populations,” MacKinnon said. “This is a significant challenge, especially due to the diversity of rural Arizona – from old mining towns to the 22 tribal nations to retirement communities to the U.S.-Mexico border region. Fortunately, our state is blessed to have individuals who care deeply about health care in these rural communities.”
For more information, visit crh.arizona.edu or RuralHealthWeb.org.
National Rural Health Association contact:
Lindsey Corey Director of Communications and Marketing
National Rural Health Association
Arizona Center for Rural Health contact:
Center for Rural Health
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
The University of Arizona
ASET received a notice about a grant that is available for Medicare Flex bed/ CAH hospitals that we wanted to make sure you were aware of. We are just passing this along to you knowing your work with these organizations –
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
The purpose of this program is to enhance the mental health services offered to veterans in rural areas that served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Organizations supported through this program will be expected to coordinate activities that are aimed at improving the capacity of medical facilities in rural areas to provide comprehensive mental health services to veterans. Program objectives are as follows:
- To utilize telehealth and health information technology to enhance access and quality of mental health service and other health care services, to veterans residing in rural areas
- To utilize telehealth and health information technology, including electronic health records, to help improve care coordination for Veterans who are seen by both the Veterans Administration (VA) and private providers
- To expand existing networks to provide access to mental health and other services to rural veterans via partnerships and coalitions with other health care entities
- To consult with the state hospital association, rural hospitals, providers of mental health services and other stakeholders for the provision of services in the development of program activities
HRSA desires to fund projects that will, to the greatest extent possible, utilize at least 50 percent of grant funds to pay costs most directly related to the purchase and implementation of telehealth services and to establish development and sharing of electronic health records.
Eligibility is limited to current Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Program grantees in states with certified Critical Access Hospitals.
Let’s stomp out infection!
June 12, 2013 1-2pm webinar
Open forum, ask the experts! Infection Prevention, CMS, ADHS Licensing Dept
Call-In Number: 1-805-399-1200 Participant Access Code: 759953
If you would like to follow along online, please visit: https://azdhs.ilinc.com/join/ptmhhvz
- What is a CAUTI?
- How does CAUTI relate to you?
- Patient safety through CAUTI prevention
- Reimbursement- Facts or Fiction
On April 9, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the availability of new funds to support Navigators in federally-facilitated and state partnership marketplaces. Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Navigator program will help consumers understand new coverage options as they enroll in new Marketplaces.
The funding opportunity announcement is open to eligible self-employed individuals and private and public entities applying to serve as Navigators in states with a Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplace. The new funding opportunity provides up to $54 million in total funding.
- Letters of intent are optional and are due on May 1, 2013. Letters of intent should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Applications are due by June 7, 2013 and grants will be awarded by August 15, 2013. Training will be provided to all grantees through an online curriculum.
- To access the funding opportunity announcement, visit: http://www.grants.gov, and search for CFDA # 93.750. The funding opportunity is also attached to this edition of the Stakeholder Update.
To access the proposed rule released April 3, 2013, visit: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/
For more information about Navigators, including continuing updates, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/
For a fact sheet on the Navigators, visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/
A conference call will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. EDT providing an overview of this project, budget guidance, review the instructions provided by this FOA and other available materials, and will include an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions.
Toll-free teleconference phone number: 877-267-1577; ID: 2917
Kognito's Family of Heroes, is an online interactive simulation where families and friends of veterans can learn critical skills to manage the challenges of adjusting to post-deployment life. Learners engage in up to three virtual role-play conversations with fully-animated veteran avatars.
Veteran supporters can access the training online at www.familyofheroes.com. Again this is available at no cost to anyone living in your state thanks to support from the Arizona Department of Health Services, TriWest Healthcare Alliance and the Arizona Coalition for Military Families.
Please contact Brandon Rigoli (Tel:212.675.9234/http://www.kognito.com) if you would like to know more about this program or are interested in outreach materials to share this information with your community
The 2013 County Health Rankings are out!
Now in our fourth year, the Rankings show that how long and how well people live depends on multiple factors including rates of smoking, education, and access to healthy food. They also help to lay the groundwork for governors, mayors, business leaders, and citizens across the country to take action to improve health. Some national trends this year show:
- Child poverty rates have not improved since 2000, with more than one in five children living in poverty.
- Violent crime has decreased by almost 50 percent over the past two decades.
- The counties where people don’t live as long and don’t feel as well have the highest rates of smoking, teen births, and physical inactivity, as well as more preventable hospital stays.
- Teen birth rates are more than twice as high in the least healthy counties than in the healthiest counties.
This year the Rankings are easier to use than ever with interactive maps and new county-level trend graphs detailing changes over time for several measures, including premature death, children in poverty, and unemployment.
View your county's health ranking: http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/
Using data extracted from 2009 Medicare outpatient provider claims, this report presents a summary of the geographic distribution and clinic-level characteristics of rural health clinics (RHCs), as well as an overview of the Medicare beneficiaries they served. This Findings Brief is the second in a series on RHCs which draws on a large, national secondary dataset that includes data on all RHCs that bill Medicare.
Additional Resource of Interest:
Healthcare providers including MDs, DOs, dentists, podiatrists, psychiatrists and chiropractors that work in a Health Professional Shortage Area (and meet the requirements) can apply for the Medicare Physician Bonus Program which qualifies for a 10% reimbursement bonus if they’re providing services to Medicare beneficiaries in a medical shortage area. Medical providers can check online to see if their practice site is in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area and they can apply for the program online. Providers that have questions can also submit a request for analysis to our Bureau of Health Systems Development or Tracy Lenartz.
ONC has launched the first in a series of web pages tailored to meet the health IT needs of Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) and small, rural hospitals. This effort is in support of our goal to see 1,000 CAHs and small, rural hospitals obtain Meaningful Use by the end of 2014. The pages are packed with resources, lessons from the field, health IT implementation support tools and more. You can also find Federal funding opportunities for health IT infrastructure (e.g., hardware, software, broadband). We encourage you to review and share the information among CAHs and rural hospitals in your communities. To access these web pages, visit: http://www.healthit.gov/ruralhealth.
Dr. Neil MacKinnon, a pharmacist, is an ASHP member and a member of the Section of Inpatient Care Practitioners’ (SICP) Advisory Group (SAG) on Small and Rural Hospitals. He is a Past President of the Canadian Society of Hospital Pharmacists, a sister organization to ASHP.
Neil is a Professor of Public Health and the Director of the Arizona Center for Rural Health. He is the only pharmacist with this type of unique role among the 50 State Offices of Rural Health across the US. He is also just one of two pharmacists on faculty at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.
A new policy paper is available from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis:
Rural Pharmacy Closures: Implications for Rural Communities
Between May 1, 2006, and October 31, 2010, 119 retail community rural pharmacies that had been the only local source of pharmacy services closed. The RUPRI Center Policy Brief provides further detail on these rural pharmacy closures in which the pharmacist was the only clinical provider available in the community at the time the pharmacy closed, affecting 31 communities. Among them, 17% were located in remote rural areas.
You read the policy brief here: http://cph.uiowa.edu/rupri/publications/policybriefs/2013/Pharmacist%20Loss%20Brief%20022813.pdf
AzHeC and HINAz Collaborating to Recruit Providers
AzHeC and Health Information Network of Arizona (HINAz) recently announced a collaborative effort to recruit providers to participate in health information exchange through HINAz. HINAz is the statewide health information organization (HIO), and its members represent 340 Arizona health care facilities that account for more than 15,000 licensed hospital beds and 3.3 million patient days statewide.
HINAz will allow an authorized provider to securely access and view records from multiple sources such as hospitals, labs, pharmacies and ultimately even other providers. Initially records from major data providers such as labs, pharmacies and hospitals will be accessed and viewed by providers electronically. Ultimately, as this system advances and matures, it is expected that all Arizona providers will link their EHR into the system allowing all authorized providers to securely share patient health records and coordinate care.
HINAz Offers EHR-Lite to Providers
HINAz has announced that it is offering an EHR-Lite product at no charge for the initial six months for up to 1,500 Arizona providers. The product will offer basic EHR functionality and will provide a connection to HINAz. For more information on the EHR-Lite offer, contact AzHeC at (602) 688-7200 or email email@example.com.
Pfizer Medical Education Group (PMEG): Adolescent Immunization –
Deadline: February 27, 2013 – Letter of Intent Purpose: to support organizations with a focus in healthcare professional education and quality improvement to provide projects related to overcoming barriers to adolescent immun-ization. Barriers may be related to health care providers, pa-tients, caregivers, or systems. Eligible Applicants: Local Government, Academic Institutions, Consortia and Non Profits Total of amount: $750,000 is available to support awards of up $500,000 Contact: Susan Connelly at firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.pfizer.com/files/responsibility/grants_contributions/rfp_adolescent_immunization.pdf