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, despite slight improvements seen in … Read more

This month’s newsletter includes a breakdown of recommendations presented to the Arizona House’s Teen Mental Health Ad Hoc Committee, the Arizona Center for Rural Health’s proposals for continuing to support the struggling rural health workforce, and insight from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association about mitigating the decreasing financial operating margins that Arizona hospitals are … Read more

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 office on the line, new … Read more

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 its Quarterly Financial Analysis analyzing … Read more

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA) earlier this month released its 2022 Legislative Report, in which Executive Director Ann-Marie Alameddin stated that during the 2022 legislative session, AzHHA succeeded in advocating for the strengthening of the state’s health care workforce despite “some of the most troubling [proposed] legislation we’ve seen.”     This year, … Read more

This month’s newsletter includes news about a new health education center focused on American Indian health, a conversation with AzHHA CEO Ann-Marie Alameddin, and coverage of the state’s updated Olmstead Plan. Thanks for reading! Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform 1. Arizona will soon have American Indian-focused health education center The University of Arizona Health Sciences … Read more

Ann-Marie Alameddin is the President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association (AzHHA). In this Q&A, she discusses her outlook on the future of the COVID-19 pandemic in Arizona and how hospitals are faring as COVID-19 becomes an endemic disease.      State of Reform: As community transmission levels begin to decrease, what … Read more

The legislative session is at about the halfway point and lawmakers are working to advance their health bills—some of which are included below. The last day for each chamber to consider its own bills was last Friday. Also in this newsletter: insight on bipartisanship and policy priorities from Rep. Shah, a conversation on hospital capacity … Read more

Arizona currently has among the highest COVID-19 death rates in the country, with an average 51 deaths per day, and a rate of 0.70 deaths per 100,000. In the midst of legal battles over the state’s refusal to adopt President Biden’s vaccine mandate for health facilities, 53% of Arizonans have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As community transmission levels remain … Read more