As the largest employers and care providers in Arizona, the members of the Alliance recognize their responsibility to continue to drive the needle on quality of care, innovation and efficiency, while also remaining a strong driver in the broader economy. Mounting regulations and unfunded mandates at the state and federal level have made achieving these goals more challenging, particularly because the AHCCCS reimbursement rate reductions taken during the Great Recession have not been restored. On average, hospitals in Arizona receive $0.60 in reimbursement for every $1.00 in cost for treating Medicaid patients. This has created an unsustainable environment for continued innovation, access to care and economic growth. To this end, the Alliance supports efforts to leverage the hospital assessment to draw down federal matching dollars and begin restoring the reimbursement rate reductions taken during the Great Recession. The Alliance also supports the continuation of Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funding streams, which both provide critical support for safety net hospitals in Arizona.
Ensuring a Strong, Sustainable Healthcare Economy
Health care represents a significant part of the economy in the State of Arizona and the organizations comprising the Alliance are some of the State’s largest employers. The Alliance looks forward to working with decision makers to identify policies that ensure the continued sustainability of this critical industry, while also promoting an economic environment that will allow it to continue to grow and innovate, and create meaningful jobs without the need for burdensome mandates and regulation.
We must ensure that we have a healthy regulatory environment that supports the provider network, without harmful mandates and regulation. The Alliance opposes the government imposition of artificial salary schedules that are established without regard to workforce capacity, experience or skillset. We believe that each of our members should continue to be able to engage with their employees in a way that nurtures engagement, growth and progression in alignment with the culture and capacity of each organization.