Committee working with AHCCCS providers

FORT MOHAVE — A local committee focused on improving communications and service with Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System providers met at Valley View Medical Center this week with the chief executive officers of Care 1st Health Plan Arizona and Health Choice Arizona.

Attendees at the working lunch for Arizona Healthcare Accountability Committee, hosted by Valley View Medical Center, included Jami Snyder, AHCCCS assistant deputy director; David Lane, Lake Havasu City Council; Patrick Hansen, Health Choice Arizona vice president provider networking; and Valley View Medical Center Chief Financial Officer Emma Canlas and Chief of Staff Dr. Richard Benedict.

Arizona State Rep. Regina Cobb, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Welfare chairperson and Health Committee vice-chairperson, also attended the meeting, which hosted discussions on the challenges with specialist physicians not accepting AHCCCS and Veterans Affairs patients, efforts to streamline and make consistent AHCCCS billing and prior authorization issues, physician credentialing process streamlining and bringing needed specialists to Mohave County.

“We’ve already been working with AHCCCS and health cares at the state level,” Cobb said. “I wanted to see what they were actually getting from the community and I wanted to see what the community has been giving them.”

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Ryan O'Daniel