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What They're Watching: Meghan McCabe, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

| Oct 24, 2022 | Arizona

In this edition of our "What They're Watching" series, Meghan McCabe, Government Affairs Director for the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA), says she's watching the upcoming midterm elections in Arizona and how potential electoral outcomes could impact state health policy. With many legislative seats as well as the governor's...[ Read More ]

CMS approves AHCCCS housing services expansion project, intended to encourage collaboration between health and housing sectors

| Oct 21, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) is now able to provide Medicaid coverage for up to 6 months of medically necessary transitional housing for Arizonans experiencing homelessness, Arizonans with a serious mental illness (SMI) designation, and young adults transitioning out of the state foster care system.    ...[ Read More ]

Family Support and Substance Use workgroup recommends more affordability assistance for families to improve access to SUD care

| Oct 14, 2022 | Arizona

At a recent Arizona House Teen Mental Health Ad Hoc Committee meeting, the Family Support and Substance Use workgroup presented recommendations for improving access to care for Arizona youth with substance use disorders and their families.     A spokesperson for the workgroup emphasized the importance of improving access to...[ Read More ]

Arizona Center for Rural Health brief highlights worsening workforce shortages in rural areas, citing growing and aging patient population

| Oct 13, 2022 | Arizona

The Arizona Center for Rural Health (AzCRH)’s recently released Physician Specialty Workforce Profile reveals the significant physician shortages in rural areas of the state.      Currently, Arizona meets only 37% of its primary care needs and needs 653 additional primary care providers to address this shortage. According to data...[ Read More ]

AzHHA shows how hospitals are still struggling from pandemic impacts

| Oct 7, 2022 | Arizona

A new Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) hospital financial analysis reveals that hospital net operating margins decreased from an average of 4.6% in 2021 to 0.5% in the first quarter of 2022, and then decreased to -8.7% in the second quarter of 2022.     Last week, AzHHA released...[ Read More ]

Arizona legislative workgroup recommends the creation of youth mental health coalition to improve access to care

| Oct 7, 2022 | Arizona

At last week’s meeting of the Arizona House’s Ad Hoc Committee on Teen Mental Health, the Access to Care, Depression and Mental Illness workgroup presented recommendations to the committee to improve access to care for Arizonans with depression and other mental illnesses.      The first recommendation is to develop...[ Read More ]