Opioids

UA Center for Rural Health Helping Rural Providers w/ Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorders: Slots Still Available

Medication assisted treatment (MAT) is an evidence-based practice to help patients with substance use disorder including opioid use disorder. Yet, access is limited particularly in rural counties. In 2020, federal requirements changed to expand providers’ ability to offer MAT in office-based settings.  Providers who are new to offering MAT often need some additional technical support to get started providing this important evidence-based service. That’s where the Arizona Center for Rural Health’s AzMAT Mentors Program comes in. Their team support new &

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Opioids

What’s Up with All that Opioid Settlement Money & How Come There’s No State Plan for It Yet?

I’m sure you’ve heard about the settlement agreement that was finally reached in a multi-state lawsuit (including Arizona) against Cardinal, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Johnson & Johnson – punishing the firms for their unethical behavior as they marketed their opioid products. Arizona is set to receive $542 million over the next 18 years to combat an ongoing epidemic after the defendants and state plaintiffs $26 billion settlement for their roles in

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Professional Development

State and County Health Departments Launch ‘AZ Public Health Connect’ to Provide Support for Public Health Workers

AZ Public Health Connect Thanks to a new initiative by the state and county health departments, the public health workforce can enroll now to receive twice-weekly supportive text messages by texting AZPHconnect to 60298. (http://slkt.io/7YfV) A workgroup made up of Arizona county health partners & ADHS team members is developing messages and resources that public health professionals can use to implement well-being into their daily lives. These texts include encouraging messages and resources

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Air Quality

Time Running Out for Cleaner, Healthier Future

Time Running Out for Cleaner, Healthier Future Our state’s continued dependence on fossil fuels jeopardizes Arizona’s health and climate today and will continue to do so into the future – unless we act now. Once again, we see Arizona communities ranked among the most polluted in the United States. The American Lung Association’s “State of the Air” 2022 report puts a fine point on this – Pinal County is one

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Medicaid

Federal Public Health Emergency Likely to Extend to October 15, 2022: Here’s What that Means

Back on April 15, HHS Secretary Becerra extended the federal public health emergency for COVID-19 to July 15 [See renewal declaration here]. Both he and the president have said that they will give states 60 days’ notice if they intend to let the public health emergency expire. This week that 60-day notice period came and went, meaning we can count on the federal government to keep the emergency in place

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Assurance & Licensure

Auditor General’s Office Produces Scathing Review of ADHS’ Nursing Home Complaint Investigations During the Director Christ Era

Auditor General’s Report of the Arizona Department of Health Services Nursing Home Complaint Investigation Performance Every 10 years the bigger state agencies go through what’s called a Sunset Review – which is the state legislature’s way of examining the performance of state agencies and determining whether they still need to exist or require major reform. The legislature often asks the Auditor General’s Office to review the performance of specific areas

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