UA Rural Health Conference and Performance Improvement Summit

Thursday, August 7, 2014 - 8:00am to Friday, August 8, 2014 - 1:00pm

EVENT:        UA Rural Health Conference and Performance Improvement Summit
                     41st annual conference focuses on access to health care in Arizona’s rural communities.

DATE/TIME: THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 8 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
                      FRIDAY, AUG. 8, 8 A.M.-1 P.M.

LOCATION:  Wigwam Resort, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Access to health care in Arizona’s rural communities is the focus of the 41st Annual Rural Health Conference and Performance Improvement Summit, Thursday, Aug. 7- Friday, Aug. 8, at the Wigwam Resort, 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, Ariz.

Hosted by the Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, the conference brings together a statewide audience of health-care providers, policy makers, academic, county and community health professionals, administrators, hospitals, insurers, federal agencies and private and public clinics.

This year’s conference will be held in conjunction with the ninth annual Performance Improvement Summit for Critical Access Hospitals, which brings together hospital CEOs, CFOs, CNOs, quality managers and IT personnel.

“As Arizona transforms its health system, it’s crucial to foster collaboration,” said Dan Derksen, MD, director of the Center for Rural Health and professor of public health policy at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, who will present the Andrew Nichols Rural and Border Health Policy Lecture, “State Pacesetters Transform the Rural Health Workforce.”

Dr. Derksen noted, “More than 300,000 uninsured Arizonans gained health coverage in 2014, and while 25 percent of Arizonans live outside of the Phoenix and Tucson areas, only 15 percent of the physicians practice there. Will rural Arizonans be able to access care in their communities?”

Presentation topics will include: integrating health care, understanding coverage under the Affordable Care Act, increasing Arizona’s inter-professional health-care workforce and performance improvement of critical access hospitals.

Keynote speaker will be David Saÿen, regional administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services San Francisco office.

General Session presenters will be:

• Tom Betlach, director, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS)
• Will Humble, director, Arizona Department of Health Services
• Debbie Johnston, senior vice president, policy development, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

For more information, including the conference schedule, please visit the website: http://crh.arizona.edu/events/annual-conference/2014