Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Preventive Services Widget for Clinicians

SONY DSCThe Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality recently announced the release of the “ePSS widget” – which provides primary care clinicians and health care teams with timely decision support regarding appropriate screening, counseling, and preventive services for their patients.

The tool is based on the current, evidence-based recommendations of the US […]

By | August 28th, 2014|General|0 Comments

Forensic Campus Hits the Mark

forensichospitalinspectionA few weeks ago Medical Facilities Licensing conducted a surprise complaint investigation of our Arizona State Hospital’s Forensic Campus.  Last week we received notification that no deficiencies were found during the 3-day on-site inspection – which included an in-depth review of policies, procedures, documentation and patient care standards.  Congratulations to the entire Forensic Campus team for […]

By | August 26th, 2014|Licensing|0 Comments

Smokeless Tobacco Causes Cancer Too

ash-logoSmokeless tobacco has made recent headlines with former MLB players citing their habitual use for their cancer diagnosis, including Tony Gwynn, who recently died after battling salivary gland cancer, and this week, Curt Schilling, who publicly announced his diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma (cancer of the mouth).  Both attributed their cancer to their 30+ years of chewing.

The […]

By | August 22nd, 2014|Prevention|4 Comments