How You Can Prevent a Brain Attack?

By: Yavapai Regional Medical Center Many in the medical community now use the phrase “brain attack” in place of “stroke.” That’s because strokes have lots in common with heart attacks. A heart attack happens when an artery that delivers blood to the heart becomes blocked. Deprived of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, heart tissue begins to die. Immediate treatment is needed to prevent extensive damage to … Continue reading How You Can Prevent a Brain Attack?

Celebrating Hope and Healing

 Celebrating Hope and Healing is this year’s theme for National Hospital Week.  All week we will share the videos and photos through our communications. And there’s a lot to celebrate! For more than a century, hospitals have played a central role in our nation’s healthcare system, serving as a key community anchor institution caring for and connecting millions of people. Today, hospitals are an economic … Continue reading Celebrating Hope and Healing

Virtual Care II

By: Kerry Luciani, Business Intelligence Manager, Healthcare Resource Group Inc. This year, Medicare (CMS), began paying for virtual care visits under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. As recently published in the fee schedule regulations, this is what we know: THE NEW VIRTUAL VISIT CODE (HCPCS CODE G2012), IS DESCRIBED AS: Brief communication technology-based service, e.g. virtual check-in, by a physician or other qualified health care … Continue reading Virtual Care II

Nurses Providing Hope and Healing

Yesterday was the official start of National Nurses Week – a chance to honor and recognize the women and men who play such a critical role in health and healthcare across Arizona and around our country. There will be many opportunities to celebrate those nurses at all levels with May 8th being National Student Nurse Day and Friday being Florence Nightingale’s 199th birthday. For the past 17 … Continue reading Nurses Providing Hope and Healing

The Cards Nurses Really Play

It’s almost the start of National Nurses Week – a chance to honor and recognize the women and men who play such a critical role in health and healthcare across Arizona. In the blog below, Julia Strange, AzHHA Board member and Benson Hospital CEO, shares the important and various roles nurses play in healthcare. The healthcare industry is regularly debated on local, state and federal political stages … Continue reading The Cards Nurses Really Play

Managing Care from Afar Doesn’t Have to Make You Feel Like You Are Far From Being a Good Caregiver.

If you help an aging loved one stay in their homes, and you live more than an hour’s drive, you’re considered a long-distance caregiver, according to the National Institute on Aging. And more of us are playing this role as our parents age. In a survey released by AARP, 87 percent of adults over 65 want to remain in their homes or communities as they age. The … Continue reading Managing Care from Afar Doesn’t Have to Make You Feel Like You Are Far From Being a Good Caregiver.

C-TAC and Arizona Health Care Leaders Meet to Discuss Innovation in Advanced Care

C-TAC leaders met with an array of health care changemakers in Arizona to discuss strategies for transforming advanced care on the state and national level during a roundtable in Tucson, Ariz. on April 16. The discussion featured representatives from a host of Arizona groups, including the End of Life Care Partnership, the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and the David and Lura Lovell Foundation. Presenters … Continue reading C-TAC and Arizona Health Care Leaders Meet to Discuss Innovation in Advanced Care

New Study Proves the Physician-Shortage Bill Would Drive the State’s Economy and Patient Access to Care

In an effort to discover how the passage of a legislative proposal to combat the state’s severe physician shortage would affect the state’s economy and patient access to care, AzHHA commissioned an independent economic-impact study, which was released last week. At a high level, it shows “the state and rural areas could realize significant economic and fiscal benefits” over the next ten years, and expanded … Continue reading New Study Proves the Physician-Shortage Bill Would Drive the State’s Economy and Patient Access to Care

Five Keys: A More Successful Approach to Treating Opioid Addiction

By John Sorboro, MD, ABPN, Chief Medical Officer, Behavioral Health, for Health Services Advisory Group Traditional psychosocial treatments for addictions—such as 12-step programs—can be successful tools, but unfortunately, they often fail. The failure is in part because 12-step therapy relies on an appeal to a “higher power,” despite the fact that many patients lack religious or spiritual beliefs and; therefore, struggle with this concept. Another … Continue reading Five Keys: A More Successful Approach to Treating Opioid Addiction

Avoid the Heartache of Not Knowing Your Patient’s Wishes.

Have you ever noticed that we spend a lot of time planning for a birth, but avoid talking about end-of-life issues? Perhaps we have not come to terms with dying as a natural part of living, but when given the opportunity to talk about their wishes for end-of-life care, most people choose quality over quantity of life. When wishes AREN’T shared, it often results in … Continue reading Avoid the Heartache of Not Knowing Your Patient’s Wishes.