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UHA CEO, Greg Bell, says hospitals are "bursting at the seams" coupled with a workforce shortage

| Jul 16, 2021 | Utah

Greg Bell, president and CEO of the Utah Hospital Association (UHA), says Utah hospitals are currently experiencing a workforce shortage with 10% or more of hospital employees having left since the start of the pandemic. At the same time, COVID-19 hospitalizations from the Delta variant are quickly rising. Despite these...[ Read More ]

SB 755 will change the course of Measure 110 implementation

| Jul 15, 2021 | Oregon

The Oregon Legislature passed Senate Bill 755, which changed the timeline and implementation process of Ballot Measure 110. Measure 110 changed many felony criminal drug possession charges into violations and expanded addiction and behavioral health services through new addiction recovery centers called Behavioral Health Resource Networks (BHRNs). The bill also...[ Read More ]

Behavioral health providers are hard to reach in Utah, according to UHPP

| Jul 15, 2021 | Utah

Allison Heffernan, behavioral health outreach and enrollment program director at Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP), said access to behavioral health providers is greatly lacking in the state. According to Heffernan, the solution is policy work and removing administrative barriers to care.      UHPP strives to enact meaningful policy to...[ Read More ]

MHA vice president, Chris Mitchell, gives an update on hospital financial and operational health

| Jul 14, 2021 | Michigan

Chris Mitchell, executive vice president of advocacy and public affairs at the Michigan Health and Hospital Association (MHA), said Michigan hospitals sustained significant financial and staffing losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout surrounding it. Fortunately, federal funding from the CARES Act helped all hospitals stay open, retain...[ Read More ]

Michigan Medicine study finds similar health outcomes in opioid and non-opioid post-surgery medications

| Jul 13, 2021 | Michigan

A recent study from Michigan Medicine at the University of Michigan Health shows post-surgery opioid and non-opioid pain treatments have the same health outcomes, pain control, and patient satisfaction. The study said surgeons can provide pain relief without prescribing opioids and risking dangerous repercussions of long-term opioid abuse.     ...[ Read More ]

U of U Health received grant to research video game intervention in depressed seniors

| Jul 13, 2021 | Utah

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) gave University of Utah Health (U of U) researchers a five-year, $7.5 million grant last week to continue research on treating depression in seniors through specially designated video games.      According to U of U, previous research found 60-70% of older patients...[ Read More ]

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