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Register for State's New Electronic Death Registration System

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 16, 2017

Society PA,

Arizona Department of Health Services has implemented the state’s new electronic death registration system, the Database Application for Vital Events (DAVE). This online system allows clinicians to certify the cause of death using a computer or tablet, and eliminates the need for fax and paper certification.

Arizona Revised Statute 36-325 states that the health care provider shall complete and sign the medical certification of death on a death certificate within 72 hours. This online system emails providers with notification of any pending certificate and allows for the providers to complete the certificate online.

Any clinician that completes death certificates needs to register for this database. Attached is The D.A.V.E. registration form and available here. A verified account must include the clinician’s e-mail address and all facilities they are associated with.

The new system was designed to be more efficient for clinicians and their patients’ families, and to streamline the process behind a difficult, emotional time. If patients’ families are experiencing difficulties, please refer them to the banner located at the top of or call the ADHS main line at 602-542-1025.

D.A.V.E. Registration

D.A.V.E. Training PowerPoint

D.A.V.E. Information site and training video

ADHS Bureau of Vital Records


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ADHS_Vital Records

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Local Dengue and Zika in Sonora, Mexico

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Arizona Health Alert Network


Society PA,

The month of October is high mosquito season in Sonora, Mexico and there have been reports of local transmission of dengue and Zika viruses. Areas affected include popular resort destinations like Rocky Point.

Arizona healthcare providers are encouraged to:

- Counsel patients to avoid mosquito bites during travel and for 3 weeks after returning to 
     Arizona, in order to avoid introducing new viruses to local mosquitos
- Counsel pregnant patients not to travel to areas withcirculating Zika virus
- Ask about travel history to determine potential disease exposure
- Evaluate patients with travel that present with febrile illness for potential dengue virus 
     infection, in addition to other arboviruses such as Zika virus and chikungunya

If a patient has traveled to Mexico and has compatible symptoms, please contact local public health.


ADHS Dengue Webpage

CDC Dengue Webpage

AZ Infectious Disease Resource (IDAZ App)

Thank you,
Arizona Health Alert Network

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Happy PA Week! 2017 Proclamation

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 6, 2017
Updated: Friday, October 6, 2017

Happy PA Week to you! 
Thank you for all you do for the profession and your patients!

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Attention ALL Arizona PAs – ASAPA needs your help!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 3, 2017

ASAPA has formed an ad hoc committee on professional practice with the goal of examining optimal team practice (OTP) in Arizona.  In order to effectively complete our work we need to hear from YOU!  Please reach out to Jennifer Feirstein at with any barriers you have encountered with practicing medicine in Arizona.  We need to hear individual examples of how PA practice may (or may not) be limited in order to determine if OTP is needed in AZ.  We want to hear from ALL PAs in Arizona whether you are a member of ASAPA or not.  Please share this post with all of your PA colleagues in Arizona.  Thank you!

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ASAPA Chooses Crossroads Women’s Shelter for its Fall Donation Drive

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ASAPA Chooses Crossroads Women’s Shelter for its Fall Donation Drive

For the second year in a row, the ASAPA has chosen Crossroads Women’s Shelter to be the recipient of its fall donation drive.  Crossroads is a local nonprofit organization that helps women rebuild their lives after struggling with addiction.  Please support these women by bringing the following donations to the ASAPA Fall Conference:

·  Hygiene products (pads, tampons, menstrual cups)

·  Business casual clothing for interviews  (larger sizes only)

·  Bath soaps, shampoos and conditioners

·  Razors

·  Deodorant

·  Backpacks

·  Socks

·  Notepads and pens

·  Purses

Crossroads is also requesting volunteers for its Community Service Day September30, 2017. Volunteers will sort clothing and help with campus cleanup if necessary. 

Location: Crossroads for Women

Address: 1632 E. Flower St, Phoenix, AZ

Date and Time: Saturday, September 30th at 8 a.m.


Volunteers do not need to call ahead – just show up!

Questions?  Email ASAPA Student Ambassador Jessica Cvetic, ATSU PA Class of 2018 at

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ADHS Releases Opioid Response Recommendations

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 7, 2017

For Immediate Release | September 6, 2017

Media Contact | Nicole Capone

Mobile | 480.980.2940


Arizona Department of Health Services Releases Opioid Response Recommendations

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Health Services (“ADHS”) today released its official “Opioid Overdose Epidemic Response Report” in accordance with the public-health emergency declaration recently issued by Governor Doug Ducey.

In June 2017, Governor Ducey issued a statewide emergency declaration after newly released data from ADHS showed 790 Arizonans died from opioid overdoses in 2016, an average of more than two people per day. The emergency declaration required ADHS to:

  • Administer an enhanced surveillance advisory, providing enhanced reporting of overdose deaths from doctors and hospitals.
  • Develop and provide training to local law enforcement on protocols for administering naloxone, an opioid antagonist medication that can counteract an opioid overdose.
  • Coordinate public health efforts between state, local and private-sector partners to identify ways to prevent drug overdose deaths.

The data collected through the enhanced surveillance advisory underscored the urgency to take action, with over 2,100 possible opioid overdoses reported since June of 2017, 13% of which were fatal. The data also illustrates the success of the state’s efforts to increase access to naloxone, with roughly 85% of possible opioid overdoses (excluding deaths) given the overdose-reversing treatment prior to hospital admittance.

The report includes twelve comprehensive recommendations, including a series of legislative proposals aimed to reduce illicit acquisition and diversion of opioids, promote safe prescribing and dispensing, and improve access to treatment. Key legislative proposals include:

  • Imposing a 5 day limit on all first fills for opioid naive patients to decrease the risk of dependence and opioid use disorder.
  • Require e-prescribing for some controlled substance medications to mitigate fraudulent prescriptions.
  • Require pharmacists to check if a patient has been prescribed both an opioid and a benzodiazepine – a combination proven to significantly increase the risk of an overdose.

“Addressing the opioid epidemic requires an all-hands-on-deck approach,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services. “Arizona’s health care professionals, state agencies, and law enforcement leaders have long played a vital role in improving public health in our state. I’m proud of the life-saving solutions we’ve already implemented to prevent and treat opioid use disorder, and these recommendations will only help Arizona take our efforts to the next level.”

Since the Emergency Declaration, nearly 1,000 first responders have been trained to carry, handle, and administer naloxone, and ADHS has provided almost 4,000 naloxone kits to law enforcement agencies to help reverse overdoses. 

Click Here To Read The Report:

Click Here To Learn More About What Our State Is Doing:

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Effective Date of PMP Law Mandates - Updated PMP Fact Sheet & Check List

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 24, 2017
According to the Arizona Board of Pharmacy, the Controlled Substance Prescription Monitoring Program is now integrated with Health Current, the statewide health information exchange. Therefore, the new requirements to check the PMP will go into effect on October 16. Attached is an updated version of the fact sheet and checklist reflecting these new changes.

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PA Psychiatry Residency Program

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center/Baylor College of Medicine PA Residency in Psychiatry/Mental Health is now receiving applications for our 2018-2019 year.

We currently have 5 PA Psychiatry residents in our program in adult psychiatry, which is one year in length and provides about 500 hours of didactic and 2000 hours of clinical training in psychiatry. Our residents train alongside their physician counterparts and take the same didactic classes and lectures as the physician residents.

Our graduates are eligible to sit for the NCCPA CAQ in Psychiatry, which makes them very valuable clinicians in the field of Mental Health, which has a need for well-trained and qualified providers exceeding the current number of jobs available.

I am attaching our program brochure and application to this email. Please feel free to forward to any of your PA colleagues or PA students who may be interested in a 1-year residency program as a Psychiatry PA.

Our current stipend is $83,922, for the year-long residency, which we believe is extremely competitive for the excellent training we are offering.

After reviewing our brochure and application form, I would be happy to answer any of your questions or those of your members. I can be reached at 281-770-5461.

Kind Regards,

J. Michael Smith, DHSc, MPAS, PA-C, CAQ - Psychiatry Post-Graduate PA Mental Health Residency Training Director Physician Assistant, ACCESS Clinic, GMHC Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, Texas CAPT, Medical Service Corps, USN, Retired

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AAPA veterans group honors Arizona PA

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 14, 2017

The AAPA's Veteran Caucus honored Manley for his contributions to the field and to his patients in an underserved area roughly 3 hours northwest of Phoenix on the eastern edge of the Mojave Desert. Kingman is the county seat there and holds roughly 10 percent of the county's 200,000 residents.

Manley grew up in Kingman and served in the US Navy. He eventually returned to northwest Arizona after living in San Diego and Sacramento, California. He went to work for Kingman Regional Medical Center.

You can learn more about Manley from his Q&A with KRMC in 2012

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ATSU honors outstanding PA grads

Posted By Shelley Lloyd, Thursday, August 10, 2017
Updated: Thursday, August 10, 2017

ATSU's latest batch of prospective physician assistants has left the nest, and among them are eight outstanding members recognized for a variety of achievements.

Within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies (DPAS) graduating class, ATSU called special attention to the following graduates for their efforts:

Chair's Award

Yoohna Kim


Leadership Award

Sarah Murawski


Faculty Award (Didactic Phase)

Brittney Thompson


Faculty Award (Clinical Phase)

Thomas Onderlinde



Nia Jarrett

Christopher Fasulo


Tenacity Award

Kate Lee


Courage Award

Keaton Marsh


If you know them, shake their hands or buy them that fancy coffee drink they crave.

Congratulations to all DPAS graduates! We'll have more names and categories from the other programs in a few weeks, so stay tuned.

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