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AZ Nurses Association Endorses Prop. 480

The Arizona Nurses Association (AzNA) has announced its strong support for ‘Yes on 480,’ giving the campaign another boost of momentum and the backing of a major health care group. AzNA’s mission is to promote and advance professional nursing in Arizona and the group points out that Maricopa Medical Center is a premier teaching and training ground for nurses.

Proposition 480 would make upgrades to the public teaching hospital and ensure more physicians and nurses get the training they need to treat the next generation of residents in Maricopa County.

“Maricopa Medical Center is Maricopa County’s only public teaching hospital and a training ground for many nurses throughout the Valley,” said Robin Schaeffer, Executive Director of the AzNA. “Over the years, they have found ways to offer exceptional training and do more with less, but the facility is more than 40 years old and based on an obsolete design. Our community is also faced with needs for increased behavioral health, improved clinics, and comprehensive health centers. The Arizona Nurses Association is encouraging a ‘Yes’ vote on Proposition 480.”

Proposition 480, which is on the Nov. 4th ballot, would make critical upgrades and modernize MIHS that includes a Level One trauma center, the highly acclaimed Arizona Burn Center, a new behavioral health center for seriously mentally ill, a world-class teaching hospital and 11 community health centers across the Valley.

Visit www.Yeson480.com for more details about the campaign.

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NAIOP Arizona announces opposition to Prop 480

The NAIOP Arizona board of directors has unanimously opposed Prop 480, an item on the Nov. 4 general election ballot that asks Maricopa County voters to approve a $1.4 billion general obligation bond over 27 years for the Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS).

If passed, Prop 480 would be the third largest bond issuance in Arizona history, according to the Arizona Tax Research Association (ATRA), the group spearheading the effort to defeat the proposition.

The NAIOP board could have supported a narrower bond request focused more on the behavioral health component and replacement of the Level One Trauma Center and Arizona Burn Center, NAIOP-AZ President Tim Lawless said.

However, it is opposed to the bond issuance, which would pit a taxpayer supported institution against a number of private healthcare systems where there is much duplication of services and excess hospital beds that private payers must support within a relatively small geographic radius of about five miles.

“We are especially concerned about duplication and unfair competition with taxpayer money,” Lawless said. “While the proponents claim there are three discrete funding components, the wording of the ballot proposal seems far more open-ended regarding the purposes the monies can be used.

“The timing of the bond issuance is also troubling as there was a massive property tax shift from residents to businesses during the Great Recession and these same businesses are still struggling to recover,” Lawless added.

From fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2014, there was a 30 percent increase in property tax rates for businesses. If the bond passes, a typical small business with assessed valuation of $1 million will be paying $7,800 more over time in property taxes.

“We also believe patience is the watchword as we still are not certain of all the impacts of the Affordable Care Act, which was allegedly created to better meet the needs of the uninsured yet who are cited as the primary reason for the bond,” Lawless said. “Related to this, the state expanded Medicaid insurance to the poor to draw down more federal dollars and there appears to be an equity issue that only Maricopa County residents are being asked to pay for the MIHS services when these same taxpayers already pay $65 million per year.”

The point that proponents make where interest rates are near or at historic lows thereby decreasing overall costs seems valid until it is realized that the total cost of the bond ($935 million is the actual amount) with principal and interest will exceed $1.4 billion over 27 years.

The NAIOP board says it needs the Affordable Care Act provisions to be understood with all of the attendant costs associated with its implementation before Arizona embarks on the bond issuance where a new hospital and multiple clinics financed by taxpayer money are constructed only to compete against private hospital systems in an area that already has excess bed capacity and duplication of services. The costs will be shouldered by the same private payers.

“Our board has also set aside some level of funding for the opposition campaign formed by ATRA,” Lawless said of a $10,000 contribution to be made by NAIOP Arizona to the opposition campaign.

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MIHS recognized for top safety, health

The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) Consultation Department will present Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) with a “STAR Site” designation, recognizing exemplary and comprehensive safety and health management systems. ADOSH representatives conducted an audit of safety practices at MIHS’ main hospital in Phoenix, as well as its other external clinics.

The award, designated through the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), will be presented during a ceremony on Thursday, June 27 at 9 a.m. at Maricopa Medical Center at 2601 East Roosevelt Street, Phoenix.

VPP is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) highest program of recognition across all United States OSHA organizations. It recognizes employers and workers in private and federal workplaces who have exemplified effective safety and health management systems to achieve injury and illness rates more than 50 percent below the national average.

“We carefully inspected the facilities of Maricopa Integrated Health System and found a safety culture who communicated safety as a top priority on a daily basis and best practices were utilized throughout the campus,” said Jessie Atencio, assistant director and consultation and training program manager for ADOSH. “Their team should be proud of the advances they have made in order to ensure a safe working environment.”

To qualify for VPP status, employers must submit an application to OSHA and undergo an onsite evaluation by a team of safety and health professionals. VPP participants and sites earning the “STAR Site” designation are re-evaluated every three to five years in order to remain in the programs. VPP participants are exempt from OSHA programmed inspections while they maintain their VPP status.