Case Study: School of Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound Program

By | Healthcare

Here at Dorn Policy Group, Inc., we are hard at work for our clients during the 2021 Legislative Session. We are highlighting one of our clients, the School of Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound Program, at the Arizona Heart Foundation. The Arizona Heart Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to the on-going fight against cardiovascular disease. Their main vision and goal is to provide complimentary ultrasound screenings to underserved and/or at-risk adult populations throughout rural Arizona counties. But how do they plan to accomplish this? That is where Dorn Policy Group, Inc. steps in.

The Project

Did you know that heart disease is the #1 killer in the United States? Every year 1,000,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. The School of Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound Program is trying to identify those residents who are at risk. Dorn Policy Group, Inc. is helping them capture funding to provide complimentary screenings for those in rural Arizona who may not have immediate access to health care services. 

As the COVID-19 situation evolved, residents in rural and lower-income areas requested scans; however, they were unable to make the drive to Phoenix. Residents throughout Arizona were hesitant to visit their local emergency rooms or hospital setting in fear of contracting COVID-19, leaving them at risk for undetected cardiac and vascular disease. 

Rural Arizonans are at Risk

The Arizona Department of Health Services 2019 Burden Report states that in 2017, seven Arizona counties i.e., Mohave, La Paz, Apache, Gila, Cochise, Graham, and Yavapai, had higher cardiovascular disease death rates (per 100,000 population) than the average Arizona state rate.

The Coconino County 2017 Annual Report states that 30% of residents receive public health insurance, and 1 in 6 residents do not have health insurance at all. This number equates to 100,000 people. The burden of caring for this population rests solely on the State, costing Arizona a large sum of money every year in health claims.

Dorn Policy Group, Inc.’s Impact

Where do we come in? Our lobbying team facilitates the relationships between governmental health agencies and tribal leaders to identify at-risk populations. From there, we identify possible funding mechanisms for the School of Cardiac and Vascular Ultrasound Program to perform screenings to those populations that are at risk. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 80% of cardiovascular disease is preventable. However, it is costing the State of Arizona $4 billion every year because it is the most expensive disease to care for. The screenings will help catch cardiovascular disease early, thus saving lives and money. 

We Can Partner with You Too

At Dorn Policy Group, Inc., our specialty is shaping policy for our clients that decision-makers understand and can support. For 20 years, we have partnered with our clients to ensure success in their business by lobbying at the Federal, State, County, Municipal, Tribal, and District level. We want to ensure a brighter future for the people in our community and in our government. Contact us today to learn more about shaping government policy.

Nursing Homes Fight for Protection from Lawsuits

By | Healthcare

As we mentioned in a previous blog post about why lobbying will be important as a result of COVID-19, hiring a lobbyist is a critical move to prepare for the future of your company in 2020 and beyond. But, even before the virus hit, hiring a lobbyist was and still remains important if you are in the healthcare industry, especially within the skilled nursing or long-term care sector. Due to the effects of COVID-19  on the elderly or those with a weakened immune system, residents of these communities are dying at a much higher rate. Nursing homes are currently fighting for federal protections from Congress to ensure they do not get sued as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How Lobbying Can Help

There are more than 20 states, at this point, that have taken action to limit exposure to legal liabilities. According to a recent article, over 1,300 coronavirus-related lawsuits have been filed since May 1st, 2020, with a total of 2,600 filed in 2020. In fact, businesses are pushing their lobbyists focus to legislators to ensure the implementation of business liability protections. This shield would have a reach-back period so the companies that have lawsuits already against them, would be cleared. 

Be Proactive Before It’s Too Late

The healthcare industry, and especially nursing homes, has been a quiet but powerful lobby force for years. Because the regulations for skilled nursing facilities are heavily influenced by the government, itis necessary that facility owners have proper representation. However, waiting too long to hire a lobbyist can hurt your business by not ensuring government representation soon enough. 

The Difference At Dorn

At Dorn Policy Group, we have expert experience at the state and federal levels to give your company the representation it needs to influence policy. During these uncertain times, it is important to have a plan of action ready to go rather than scramble at the last minute to protect your business. Contact us today to help give your healthcare facility the government presence it needs and let your voice be heard.