Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health Earns Re-Verification

The Arizona Burn Center – Valleywise Health announced Tuesday that they have been re-verified as an adult and pediatric burn center by the American Burn Association and the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons. Founded in 1965, the Arizona Burn Center is the only verified burn center in the state and one of the busiest in the country. This achievement recognizes the Arizona Burn Center’s dedication and commitment

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Professional Development

48th Annual Rural Health Conference this Week in Flag

For the past 47 years, the Arizona Center for Rural Health has hosted the Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference in collaboration with the Arizona Rural Health Association, making it one of the longest continually running rural health conferences in the United States.  View the final agenda: RHC22-Agenda The Arizona Rural Health Conference provides an environment for networking and dissemination of pertinent information among professionals and community members from rural Arizona and the Southwest. On-line registration has ended but they traditionally allow on-site registration. I’ll be giving

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Behavioral Health

Arizona State Hospital Governance Reform Remains in Limbo

One of our continuing priorities other than things in the budget is to get better governance in place at the Arizona State Hospital.  SB1716 Arizona State Hospital; Governing Board. The bill (by Senator Gowan) would change the governing structure for the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) from one in which the Arizona Department of Health Services both runs and ‘regulates’ ASH to a model in which ASH has independent oversight, building much better checks

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Social Determinants

Ducey Administration Failure to Implement Unemployment Insurance Identity Verification Resulted in $4.4 Billion Dollars in Fraudulent Payouts

More than 31% of ADES Unemployment Insurance Claims Paid Out During the Christ/Betlach Leadership Era were Fraudulent- to the Tune of Billions of Dollars The Arizona Auditor General’s Office plays a key role in keeping state government accountable in several ways. They help State agencies, universities, community college districts, counties, school districts, and other governmental entities work better by analyzing their operations and recommending improvements, so they spend and account

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COVID Vaccine for Kids Under 5 Years Old Finally On the Way: Here’s How the Rollout Will Work

Parents with kids under 5 years old have been anxiously awaiting an opportunity to get their kids vaccinated for COVID-19. In fact, it’s been more than 18 months since vaccine was authorized for adults. Many things slowed down the process, but primarily because the clinical trials for kids under 5 were the last to be conducted and the dosing and spacing of the vaccine to determine safety and efficacy was

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State Legislature

Leaked Draft State Budget Has Some Encouraging Health & Human Services Line Items

I managed to get my hands on a leaked draft state budget this morning. Word on the street (from reliable sources) is that this version has the support of legislative leadership & the governor’s office but not necessarily support from enough rank-and-file legislators. I went through the changes from last year’s Joint Legislative Budget Committee in the health and human service areas & found some encouraging increases in several areas.

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