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Rapid Response Disease Investigation RFP to close July 29

| Jul 22, 2021 | Arizona

A request for proposal (RPF) seeking a contractor to staff a Rapid Response Disease Investigation Service is closing July 29.  The RFP closes as COVID infection rates in Arizona continue to trend upward. Data from the Mayo Clinic show a steep rise in positivity rates since the beginning of July while data from Statistica shows Arizona has the sixth highest infection rate in the...[ Read More ]

Banner Health mandates all staff be fully vaccinated by November 1

| Jul 21, 2021 | Arizona

Banner Health, Arizona’s largest private employer, announced that it will be requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1. Banner Health employs roughly 52,000 people in Arizona. Headquartered in Phoenix, it is one of the largest secular nonprofit health care systems in the country with hospitals...[ Read More ]

AHCCCS submits spending plan addressing health care labor shortage

| Jul 20, 2021 | Arizona

The health care labor industry is hoping to get a boost from the federal government. AHCCCS submitted a spending plan last week that would draw down over $1.14 billion in federal funding under the enhanced FMAP program to expand home and community-based health services. If approved, the funding would provide...[ Read More ]

Study reveals efficacy of CHW-led iniatives in maternal health outcomes

| Jul 1, 2021 | Arizona

A study published by BMJ Open revealed that expectant mothers serviced by community health workers are less likely to experience low birthweights and pre-term deliveries compared to those who did not receive those supports.  The ten-year study, conducted by the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, examined if participation...[ Read More ]

CMS revokes Medicaid work requirements

| Jun 25, 2021 | Arizona

On June 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially revoked Arizona’s Medicaid work and community engagement requirements, undoing the previous approval by the Trump administration in 2019. The decision comes after a February 2021 letter in which CMS warned the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: Waiver amendment, ACA decision, Cara Christ keynote

| Jun 17, 2021 | Arizona

While DJ is out of office, I’ll be bringing you this edition of 5 Things We’re Watching. I’m the managing editor here at State of Reform where I have my eye on health care in Arizona and a number of other states. In this edition of 5 Things, we bring...[ Read More ]

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