Regulatory Reform

By |December 25th, 2014|

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 […]

Regulatory Reform Finish Line

By |June 28th, 2013|

We owe a big round of applause to our Licensing & Rulemaking teams- who’ve spent the better part of 2 years working with hundreds of folks from numerous associations and licensed facilities as part of our regulatory reform initiative. 

This afternoon we filed an overhaul of 20 Articles of regulations for healthcare institutions and behavioral health service agencies including hospitals, […]

Regulatory Reform in the Home-Stretch

By |June 21st, 2013|

Our Licensing & Rulemaking teams have spent the better part of 18 months working with hundreds of folks from numerous associations and licensed facilities as part of our regulatory reform initiative.  We’ve been overhauling 18 Articles of regulations for Healthcare Institutions and Behavioral Health Service Agencies including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient surgery and treatment centers, recovery […]

Licensing’s Stakeholder Cornucopia

By |April 29th, 2013|

Our Licensing and Rulemaking teams spent virtually all week hearing from hundreds of Stakeholders from numerous associations and licensees about our ongoing regulatory reform effort.  Our team met with representatives from:  Adult Day Health Care Facilities;  Assisted Living Facilities;  Home Health Agencies; Hospices; Hospitals; Nursing Care Institutions; Outpatient Surgical Centers; Outpatient Treatment Centers; Recovery Care […]

Regulatory Reform Update

By |January 22nd, 2013|

We’re continuing to make significant progress in our licensing regulatory reform efforts.  Our overall goal is to simplify and streamline our regulations so they align with our strategic plan and map to improve public health outcomes.  The new regulations will more acutely focus on health and safety criteria- and will put more emphasis on outcomes.  […]

Preventing Healthcare Associated Infections: An AZ Winnable Battle

By |January 4th, 2013|

Healthcare-associated infections are a critical public health challenge in Arizona and in the US. Healthcare associated infections (HAIs) are acquired during healthcare treatment and can be devastating and even deadly- and they’re largely preventable. You may have seen the article in last week’s Republic about dirty needles and their link to transmission of viruses and drug-resistant superbugs. The article […]

RSV on the Upswing in AZ

By |December 12th, 2012|

We’re off to an early start with the flu and RSV season this year with more cases reported in November than in previous seasons. Respiratory syncytial virus (or RSV) is a respiratory virus that mainly affects little kids and circulates during the winter. There’s no vaccine for RSV- but for those babies that are at highest […]

Evidence-Based Decision-Making: A Key Regulatory Benchmark

By |November 19th, 2012|

The role of a surveyor can be a difficult one. Our team of licensing surveyors need to maintain neutrality as regulators and be able to apply the Arizona Administrative Code (otherwise known as “the rules”) to a wide variety of facilities within the healthcare system.  Part of our surveillance includes investigating complaints- which can be generated from […]

Our New Strategic Plan

By |October 17th, 2012|

The vision of the Department is to ideally achieve a state of Health and Wellness for all Arizonans and our mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities in Arizona. The updated mission and vision statements are helping us build public health value in-house as well as in […]

Interim AD for Licensing

By |May 10th, 2012|

 Colby Bower will serve as our Interim Assistant Director for Licensing while we recruit and hire a permanent Assistant Director.  Colby has been serving as our Legislative Affairs chief for the last couple of years.

Colby fills several of the criteria that we needed for the interim post: 1) He’s a good risk manager and has […]