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Interest rates on medical debt will soon be limited in Arizona

| Dec 2, 2022 | Arizona

Proposition 209, a measure to limit interest rates on debt from healthcare services in Arizona, won the approval of voters in the midterm elections.      The measure passed with a 72% majority, with 1,747,362 voters voting to pass the measure and 679,089 voters voting to reject it. The ballot...[ Read More ]

5 Things Arizona: CHW voluntary certification, Nurse workforce bill, 'Talk Heals' campaign

| Dec 1, 2022 | Arizona

I hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday! This month's edition of "5 Things We're Watching" in Arizona health policy features information about the new community health worker certification process, the anticipated positive impacts of a recently passed bill to support the state's nurse workforce, and an overview of ADHS's...[ Read More ]

‘One of the most financially challenging years for Arizona hospitals’—AzHHA third quarter analysis details ongoing hospital financial challenges

| Dec 1, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s (AzHHA) third quarter financial analysis, compiling data from 29 AzHHA member hospitals, reveals that Arizona hospitals continue to face significant financial challenges in 2022.      AzHHA’s latest quarterly hospital financial analysis shows that operating margins remained negative in all 3 quarters of 2022,...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Ross Goldberg, MD, Arizona Medical Association

| Nov 30, 2022 | Arizona

This edition of "What They're Watching" features remarks from Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) former President Ross Goldberg, MD, about some recent policy work that ArMA has been involved with as well as what he'd like to see Arizona's healthcare sector accomplish moving forward.     He cited ArMA's work to...[ Read More ]

Arizona community health workers can now apply for voluntary certification through new online portal

| Nov 30, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) has officially launched the community health worker voluntary certification portal, where community health workers in the state will be able to apply to become a certified professional through the ADHS Community Health Workers Program once they meet certain standards and successfully complete an...[ Read More ]

Arizona child mortality rate increased in 2021, according to ADHS

| Nov 22, 2022 | Arizona

According to the Arizona Department of Health Service’s (ADHS) annual Child Fatality Review Program Report released last week, Arizona’s child mortality rate increased by 4.7% in 2021.     Of the 863 child deaths in the state in 2021—an increase from 838 child deaths in 2020—48% were determined to be...[ Read More ]