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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 [...]

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Arizona State Hospital Updates

By | July 23rd, 2015|Behavioral Health|

Our state hospital team has really been working hard over the past few months! In May of 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services completed an inspection of the hospital and provided us with a report of their findings. With a new leadership team in place, they've been busy putting together a plan of action to address and [...]

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Arizona State Hospital In Good Standing

By | March 14th, 2014|Behavioral Health, Licensing|

Last September the Arizona State Hospital (ASH) was inspected (surveyed) for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The survey team can review over 20 different areas and three were identified that we needed to address: Governing Body, Patient Rights, and Nursing Services.   In December, we developed and implemented a Plan of Correction which [...]

What’s Community Paramedicine?

By | September 3rd, 2013|General|

Community paramedicine is a paradigm shift for the use of paramedics in the US.  It’s an emerging model in which paramedics function outside their usual emergency response & transport roles- delving into the world of primary care.  As the health care world increasingly shifts toward prevention and well care- the system will increasingly demand more folks [...]

Healthcare Innovation – 2

By | May 15th, 2013|Behavioral Health, Prevention|

I’ve been writing quite a bit about population health and the importance of creating healthy environments for communities.  Some of those innovations take creativity and cash to make them work.  Help is on the way - today, the feds announced the Healthcare Innovation Awards – Round 2. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services put [...]

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Infant Mortality: A Call to Action

By | March 25th, 2013|Prevention|

A new program is coming to help address infant mortality rates in Arizona thanks to the leadership of Dr. Maria Manriquez and the Maricopa Integrated Health System- who was awarded a Strong Start for Mothers and Newborns grant from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  They’ll be developing enhanced prenatal care at maternity care homes, [...]

Program Spotlight: Lab Licensure

By | January 24th, 2013|Licensing|

Those of you that actually read these posts know that we run Arizona’s benchmark public health laboratory.  But many of you might not know that we also license and inspect clinical and environmental labs in AZ and even some in other parts of the country through our Clinical and Environmental Laboratory Licensing and Compliance programs.  [...]

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Next Fiscal Year’s Budget Series

By | January 24th, 2011|Behavioral Health, General|

On January 15, 2011, the Governor released her proposed budget for next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2011. Our part of the budget in the link above is on pages 105 through 111.  You kinda need to be a budgeteer to understand some of it, so I’ll try to distill it down a little [...]

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Inpatient Behavioral Health Hospitals Licensing

By | August 25th, 2010|Behavioral Health, General|

For many years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has required inpatient hospitals that serve people under 21 to be accredited by The Joint Commission (formerly called the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or JCAHO).  Because the Commission standards are pretty rigorous, we’ve had limited network capacity for the inpatient treatment [...]

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