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Making Progress on Improving the Public Health System

By | July 19th, 2016|General|

The purpose of the Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP) is to move the dial on important health outcomes and it is an important component of Public Health Accreditation. A lot has been going on behind the scenes to move us forward in the accreditation process. Below is an update of the work we have done [...]

Transitioning Behavioral Health Services

By | October 28th, 2015|Behavioral Health|

The only true constant is change, particularly when you are part of a team committed to continuously improving the health and wellness of all Arizonans. October 1 was an important day for the behavioral health system in Arizona with four significant system transformations occurring simultaneously. The Division of Behavioral Health Services, with a lot of [...]

American Indian Healthcare Matrix (Part III)

By | May 20th, 2014|General|

In addition to services provided by the Indian Health Service and the ”638’s” administered by tribes and tribal organizations, American Indians are eligible to apply for and receive Medicare, Medicaid, and  Children’s Health Insurance Plan.  American Indians applying for Medicaid services in Arizona need to meet the same income requirements as all other applicants.  Unearned [...]

5 Years of Behavioral Health Innovation Paying Dividends (Part I)

By | April 15th, 2014|Behavioral Health|

People with a serious mental illness die more than 30 years earlier than people without those challenges.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be reflecting about some of the innovative strategies that we’ve implemented with our behavioral health community partners over the last several years to improve the health status of folks with a serious [...]

And Now, the Rest of the State

By | April 7th, 2014|Behavioral Health|

Now that the transition to a new Behavioral Health Authority in Maricopa County is underway- we’re turning our attention to bringing integrated care to the rest of the state.  We’ll be working hard throughout 2014 to set the course for integrating behavioral health and physical health for folks with a serious mental illness as we [...]

Opening Day: Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care

By | April 4th, 2014|Behavioral Health|

This was a milestone week for our behavioral health program.  Tuesday marked the start of our contract with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care as the regional behavioral health authority in Maricopa County.  The transition has gone well this week.  Literally 100s of things had to go right in order to have a smooth transition- including Information [...]

Behavioral Health Efficiency Moves

By | January 9th, 2014|Behavioral Health|

This week we’re making 3 efficiency changes in our behavioral health system.  Instead of having providers bill us and AHCCCS for different services, all the bills will go to AHCCCS- and we’ll get statements from them.  It’ll be the same with enrollment- all paperwork is processed through AHCCCS and we’ll get a standard report that [...]

Introducing Health-e-Arizona Plus

By | December 6th, 2013|General|

AHCCCS and ADES have rolled out a new website that makes it easier than ever to enroll for Medicaid and other benefits.  It’s called Health-e-Arizona Plus… and it’s Arizona’s one-stop-shop for easy Medicaid enrollment.  Health-e-Arizona Plus provides an easy pathway to apply for a full range of AHCCCS and ADES benefits and local health access programs like the Supplemental [...]

Leveraging Medicaid to Help Arizonans “Kick the Habit”

By | September 19th, 2013|Prevention|

Many of the health disparities in the US are linked to income.  In general… the lower a family’s income the greater the prevalence of health disparities.  Health impacts from smoking cigarettes are no exception.  Arizonans below the poverty line (100% of FPL) are 40% more likely to smoke than those with more money... and about 34% of [...]