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Medical Licensing Achieves 100 Percent on CMS State Performance Measures

By | May 11th, 2016|Licensing|

Public Health Licensing is celebrating a major accomplishment. The Medical Team was recognized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for achieving a perfect score of 100 percent on our contract deliverables. We were notified of the achievement last fall and today we are happy to receive our new certificate. Most of you know that our medical licensing [...]

Transforming Arizona Government: Improving Licensing Services

By | May 5th, 2016|Licensing|

As part of our agency transformation effort, we’ve been working hard on identifying and measuring what matters in our agency so we can move towards improvement in every area. We have one of broadest missions of any agency. Just tracking all the various programs and ways we work towards our mission is an incredible task. [...]

Applications for New Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Coming this Summer

By | April 27th, 2016|Licensing|

Last week the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program turned five. Voters passed Proposition 203 in the fall of 2010, making Arizona the fourteenth state to legalize medical marijuana. Within 120 days of Proposition 203 passing, we developed the Medical Marijuana Program and issued the first medical marijuana card to a qualifying patient on April 14, 2011. As of today, there [...]

The 2016 ADVICE Collaborative is Coming Soon

By | April 25th, 2016|Licensing, Preparedness|

In 2013, our Licensing and Infectious Disease Services teams partnered with the Healthcare Associated Infections Advisory Committee to develop a day-long ADVICE Collaborative conference aimed at improving infection control practices. The ADVICE Collaborative brings together licensed dialysis providers, the dialysis network, federal partners and public health professionals to find new ways to promote infection control, build relationships, and identify [...]

National Public Health Week: Creating the Healthiest Nation by 2030

By | April 4th, 2016|General, Licensing, Preparedness, Prevention|

This week, April 4 through 10, we’re celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2016, a week that helps us recognize the work all of us do to keep our communities and our families healthy. During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings communities across the United States [...]

Tips for Parents as Kids Head Back to School and Childcare

By | August 12th, 2015|Licensing|

As parents prepare for children to return to school or child care, Bureau of Child Care Licensing has some helpful hints for you to keep in mind to better ensure that your child will be safe and well-cared for in your absence. You can check out a facility’s track record regarding compliance with licensing regulations [...]

Striving for Excellence in Arizona’s Dialysis Facilities

By | June 25th, 2015|Licensing|

This year marked the third year that our Division of Licensing Services and Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI) Program partnered with the InterMountain ESRD Network and others to provide a day-long educational session for end-stage renal dialysis (ESRD) providers in Arizona. More than 200 participants attended this year’s ADVICE Collaborative to identify data-driven opportunities to improve [...]

Medical Marijuana Sales Tripled in 2014

By | January 16th, 2015|General, Licensing|

We published our end-of-year annual medical marijuana report this week.  Dispensary marijuana sales were three times higher than in 2013.  Dispensaries sold over 9 metric tons (about 10 US tons) of marijuana in 2014 for an estimated gross revenue of about $110M.  There were 1,433,808 individual sales in ‘14 (among the 55,000 patients), with an [...]

American Medical Response’s Application Approved

By | January 5th, 2015|General, Licensing|

This morning I approved American Medical Response’s (AMR Maricopa) application to operate ambulances in Maricopa County (called a Certificate of Necessity or CON).  I approved the Certificate of Necessity after reviewing a host of evidence presented to an Administrative Law Judge and her Order recommending approval.  The official notice will be posted on the Office [...]