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Q&A: Candice Pierucci discusses vaccine executive order and capacity issues for hospitals and clinics

| Sep 20, 2021 | Utah

Rep. Candice Pierucci (R-Herriman) was the vice-chair for the Utah House Health and Human Services Committee in the previous session, and is a member of the Health and Human Services Interim Committee. She has been in office since 2019.  In this Q&A, Pierucci discusses her thoughts on vaccine mandates, future...[ Read More ]

OHIM receives grant to modernize webtools and outreach efforts

| Sep 17, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace (OHIM) of the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will invest $500,000 in awarded American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to modernize its consumer webtools, expand outreach to those uninsured, and ensure equity in the insurance marketplace.      The funding is part of a Centers for...[ Read More ]

Intermountain and SCL Health sign letter of intent to merge

| Sep 16, 2021 | Colorado, Utah

Utah-based Intermountain Healthcare and Colorado-based SCL Health — two nonprofit health care organizations — signed a letter of intent to merge on Thursday. The letter promises higher quality care, greater accessibility for underserved communities, and greater affordability.      The combined health system will include 33 hospitals, 385 clinics, and...[ Read More ]

Telepsychiatry study shows "statistically significant" improved outcomes for bipolar and PTSD patients

| Sep 16, 2021 | Michigan, Washington

A recently released study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute found telepsychiatry in rural, federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) was a “resounding success” for those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorder.      The five-year trial, called The Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry (SPIRIT)...[ Read More ]

Health and Human Services Interim Committee discusses future behavioral health and value-based care reform

| Sep 15, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Legislature continued its interim work this week after a summer break with a Health and Human Services Interim Committee meeting on Sept. 15. The topics discussed in the meeting include substance abuse and mental health legislation suggestions and value-based health care reform.     Richard Nance, president of...[ Read More ]

Report shows LGBTQ+ older adults do not receive adequate physical and mental health services

| Sep 15, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) released a report yesterday — Sep. 14 — of a survey on the health and wellness of LGBTQ+ Oregonians who are 55 and older. The report found more than half of participants have service needs that are not met, and nearly two-thirds are...[ Read More ]

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