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AMA report shows drop in opioid prescriptions alongside increasing drug-related deaths

| Sep 29, 2021 | Arizona

The American Medical Association (AMA) released a report last week showing a drop in opioid prescriptions nationwide. According to the report, there was a 44.4% drop in opioid prescriptions nationwide from 2011 to 2020. This time frame represented a drop from 257.9 million prescriptions to 143.4 million prescriptions.     ...[ Read More ]

Governor Dunleavy announces emergency support for Alaska medical clinics

| Sep 23, 2021 | Alaska

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy announced on Wednesday that medical personnel are on their way to Alaska to help assist operations within the state’s health care facilities.      According to Dunleavy’s office, nearly 300 registered nurses and more than 100 nursing assistants or patient care technicians are among those that...[ Read More ]

Phoenix City Council approves $198 million ARPA funding plan

| Sep 22, 2021 | Arizona

The Phoenix City Council has approved $198 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help support the city in a variety of areas. The funding was originally approved on June 8 as part of the city’s ARPA Strategic Plan, but council members wanted more information on...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Arizona Rep. Lorenzo Sierra looks ahead toward health policy in 2022

| Sep 21, 2021 | Arizona

Representative Lorenzo Sierra (D - Phoenix) is a member of both the House Government and the House Ways and Means Committees in the Arizona Legislature. Rep. Sierra recovered from COVID-19 in 2020 and has been a vocal opponent of Gov. Doug Ducey’s stance against masks for schools in the state. ...[ Read More ]

Video: How value driven systems of care are evolving in Alaska

| Sep 21, 2021 | Alaska

Sheldon Fisher, chief strategy officer with Providence Health and Services, Rhonda Prowell-Kitter, chief financial officer at Public Education Health Trust, and Dr. Rob Lada, a physician at Peak Neurology, discussed value driven systems of care at the 2021 Alaska State of Reform Health Policy Conference.     The three presenters...[ Read More ]

Legislative Democrats and Republicans discuss health care now and in the future

| Sep 20, 2021 | Alaska

Six Alaska legislators sat down last week to discuss their observations on health care in Alaska for 2021, how the pandemic will impact health care legislation in 2022, and their visions for the future.     Sen. Shelley Hughes, Majority Leader in the Alaska State Senate, and Reps. Ken McCarty...[ Read More ]