Items in this category apply to the ADHS Licensing Division. ADHS is required to license medical, long term care and behavioral health treatment facilities. ADHS also licenses Child Care Facilities and Homes, as well as a few special professions. ADHS licenses emergency medical personnel as well, but that is through Preparedness.

Healthcare Associated Infections

By | December 29th, 2014|Licensing, Prevention|

Healthcare-Associated infections continued to be a major (and largely preventable) threat to patient safety in Arizona during 2014 - although we had better results this year.  The 2014 National and State Healthcare Associated Infections Progress Report found significant reductions for nearly all infections in Arizona. Arizona’s public health system takes a layered approach to preventing [...]

Electronic Child Care Renewal Utility Goes Live

By | December 26th, 2014|Licensing|

Our Child Care Licensing shop launched a new Child Care Licensing application last week.  The Bureau regulates nearly 2,500 Child Care Centers in the state of Arizona.  The new web application gives Child Care Centers a way to submit licensing (and enforcement) fees - increasing the efficiency of our processing time.  The application is also designed as [...]

Regulatory Reform

By | December 25th, 2014|Behavioral Health, Licensing|

We met a major milestone in 2014 when we filed our final new set of regulations for Arizona’s 5,500 licensed healthcare facilities.  We’ve now completed our overhaul of the State’s regulations of hospitals, behavioral health inpatient facilities, nursing care institutions, recovery care centers, hospices, behavioral health residential facilities, assisted living facilities, outpatient surgical centers, outpatient [...]

Electronic Midwife Reporting Utility Goes Live

By | December 24th, 2014|Licensing|

Our Special Licensing shop (which licenses certified professional midwives) went live with a new Midwife Electronic Reporting Utility last week…providing a secure online application for submission and viewing of midwife reports.  Our certified professional midwives can now use the electronic reporting tool and our Midwife Survey Reporting Guide to track outcomes. The new web utility provides [...]

Time to Comment on Newborn Screening Rules

By | November 21st, 2014|Licensing, Preparedness|

Last month I wrote about how we are working on revising our Newborn Screening rules because of a change in state law. The changes include requiring hearing tests on all newborns, adding critical congenital heart defects screening and adding a screening for severe combined immunodeficiency started January 2016. The last test depends on whether we [...]

Forensic Campus Hits the Mark

By | August 26th, 2014|Licensing|

A 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 a job well done - [...]

Long-Term Care Infection Prevention and Control Collaborative

By | July 18th, 2014|Licensing, Prevention|

Our Licensing, Preparedness and Healthcare-Associated Infections shops joined forces with APIC Consulting Inc. to provide a free day-long event to provide training to skilled nursing facilities about how to prevent  healthcare-associated infections.  The training will be based on the Infection Preventionist's Guide to Long-Term Care. The goals are to help healthcare providers to:  1) identify infection prevention [...]

Interactive Map of Arizona Licensed Facilities

By | June 30th, 2014|General, Licensing|

Navigating the vast number, type, and location of licensed facilities just got easier. Our GIS team developed a terrific interactive website that can help you find information about a specific facility or facility type in the State. The ADHS Licensed Facilities application features Long Term Care Facilities, Hospitals, group homes for folks with developmental disabilities, Residential, Medical, Childcare, and [...]

Training Improves Outcomes

By | June 27th, 2014|General, Licensing, Preparedness|

Improving health outcomes at licensed healthcare facilities in Arizona requires 2 main ingredients.  Having regulations and encourage continuous quality improvement (which is now complete) and providing our licensed facilities with the information they need to implement practices (in accordance with the regulations) to execute positive change. Now that we’ve finished developing the new regulations, it’s [...]

Wildfire Season Kicks Off

By | May 23rd, 2014|Licensing, Preparedness|

The first big fire of the season started this week in Oak Creek Canyon- called the Slide fire.  Smoke is usually the first public health impact from wildland fires.  The air quality in Flagstaff and Sedona has been generally OK- but poor at times depending on the winds (smoke levels in Sedona have been high [...]