Arizona Autism Prevalence

Rate 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary published in April 2018 has new data on the proportion of children with autism spectrum disorders. The prevalence has increased since the last publication from 1 in 68 in 2016 to 1 in 59 in the latest report.

DES DDD Integrated Health Care Choice Plans MAJOR DECISIONS 5-2018

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (ADES), Division of Developmental
Disabilities (DDD) is committed to empowering Arizonans with developmental disabilities to lead self-directed, healthy and meaningful lives. As part of its mission, DDD will offer new integrated health care plans that provide members with choices. Under the new DDD Integrated Health Care Plans, Managed Care Organizations will be responsible for providing integrated health care plans to members. These new plans will be known as DDD Choice Plans.

HIPPA Omnibus Final Rule

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Omnibus Final Rule in 2013 greatly expands privacy and security standards, compliance actions, breach notification steps and penalties. The new regulations allow for fines of more than $1 million for health record breaches.The permanent HIPAA audit program commences in 2014, and the importance of ongoing risk analysis is a central feature of these audits. Industry stakeholders should consider evaluating their HIPAA privacy and security controls as soon as possible.*
*Information from Deloitte


Beginning on Monday, May 14, 2018, DES DDD will have a new system in place for all vendors to make their own claim reversals and resubmissions for any claims submitted that are covered by the long-standing timely filing guidelines for corrected claims.

Home & Community Based Services: What the New Regulations (Really) Mean

Presented by: Nicole Jorwic, JD, Director of Rights Policy, The Arc of the United States at The Arc of Arizona 2016 Developmental Disabilities Family Resources Conference on November 18, 2016.

Security Risk


The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule requires that covered entities conduct a risk assessment of their healthcare organization. A risk assessment helps your organization ensure it is compliant with HIPAA’s administrative, physical, and technical safeguards. A risk assessment also helps reveal areas where your organization’s protected health information (PHI) could be at risk.