Largest Ariz. sys­tems form lob­by­ing al­liance

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Maria Castel­lucci

Ari­zona’s four largest health sys­tems have formed an al­liance called the Health Sys­tem Al­liance of Ari­zona to ad­vo­cate for pub­lic pol­icy that rep­re­sents the state’s health­care in­dus­try.

In the al­liance are Ban­ner Health, Dig­nity Health, HonorHealth and Tenet Health­care Corp. None of the or­ga­ni­za­tions are part of the Ari­zona Hos­pi­tal and Health­care As­so­ci­a­tion.

Ban­ner and Dig­nity, along with Phoenix-based Abrazo Health Care, left the as­so­ci­a­tion in 2012, cit­ing the de­sire to work to­gether on is­sues of “mu­tual con­cern,” Mod­ern Health­care re­ported. Tenet and HonorHealth also left the as­so­ci­a­tion.

Jen­nifer Carusetta, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the al­liance, said the four sys­tems in the al­liance are all large mul­ti­provider sys­tems with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests. “We cer­tainly look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to work with the hos­pi­tal as­so­ci­a­tion, but from our per­spec­tive, they are two dis­tinct or­ga­ni­za­tions,” she said.

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