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Licensing’s “ADVICE Collaborative”

By | March 28th, 2013|Licensing|

Our Licensing team routinely analyzes the most frequent and important deficiencies that we observe and posts the data on our website.  We use the data to help educate the folks that we license… and to identify good topics for provider training and technical assistance (public health interventions).  For example, our medical facilities licensing team has found that infection control [...]

Hitting Our Mark at Showtime

By | February 28th, 2013|Licensing|

Last Saturday our Licensing team hit the mark at Showtime- when it matters most.  After hearing that the Fountain Retirement Hotel had put residents on notice it was closing, we immediately became concerned that staff would stop showing up, food and medication would not be given out, and the residents would be turned out into the [...]

Regulatory Reform Update

By | January 22nd, 2013|Licensing|

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.  [...]

New “Empower” Standards Here

By | November 27th, 2012|Licensing|

It is hard to believe we’re in the 3rd year of our successful Empower Program. As a refresher for those of you that aren’t familiar with Empower, it’s a program that focuses on increasing healthy eating and active living, along with helping to provide smoke-free environments, in licensed child care facilities… reaching over 200,000 children [...]

Evidence-Based Decision-Making: A Key Regulatory Benchmark

By | November 19th, 2012|Licensing|

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 [...]

Medical Marijuana @ 1 Year

By | November 9th, 2012|General|

Our Vital Health Statistics team along with our partners at the UA College of Public Health completed the 1st Annual Report for the Arizona Medical Marijuana Program this week.  You’ll find a wide range of information in the report including data about the demographics and kinds and qualifying conditions of our cardholders, geographic distribution and rates [...]

Our New Strategic Plan

By | October 17th, 2012|General|

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 [...]

Rules Rollin’ Along

By | September 26th, 2012|Behavioral Health, Licensing|

Our regulatory reform effort in Licensing is rolling along.  We’ve already held rules work group meetings with representatives from behavioral health inpatient and residential facilities and are incorporating the Stakeholder comments into our next iteration of our draft rules.  In November, we’ll start holding rules work group meetings with representatives from behavioral health outpatient settings. This’ll truly [...]

Introducing Our New Licensing Director & Agency CMO

By | August 22nd, 2012|Licensing|

Please join me in welcoming Cara Christ, MD as our new Division of Licensing Services chief.  Cara has agreed to share her talents as the new Assistant Director for Licensing as well as serving as the Agency Chief Medical Officer.  Also, thanks a million to Colby Bower who's been doing an excellent job serving as interim director for licensing since Alan [...]

Telling the Public Health Story

By | July 5th, 2012|General|

One of the key elements of our Strategic Plan is to “Build Public Health Value.” One of the best ways to do that is to tell good stories that capture people’s attention and imagination- stories that highlight the value of public health.  During our Division of Licensing’s employee recognition event last week, Larry Martens read [...]