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Q&A: Eric Cannon discusses Scripius' transparency and cost savings for members and insurers

| Jul 20, 2021 | Utah

Eric Cannon is the chief pharmacy benefits officer at SelectHealth and the chief pharmacy officer at Scripius, the pharmacy benefit manager provided by SelectHealth.   In this Q&A, Cannon discusses the transparency and cost savings of Scripius, the role of the PBM, and his thoughts on medication price caps.     ...[ Read More ]

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 ]

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 ]

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 ]

Intermountain uses new report to inform future partnerships and programs

| Jul 8, 2021 | Utah

A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine published last week says equitable access to high quality primary care services will require significant change to payment models and integrated team-based care.  Intermountain Healthcare’s Dr. Brenda Reiss-Brennan, director of mental health integration and principal investigator of integrated...[ Read More ]

Intermountain collaborates with UHPP to provide health access assisters

| Jul 2, 2021 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare is collaborating with the Utah Health Policy Project (UHPP) to lower the uninsured rate in Utah with health access assisters. Health access assisters find vulnerable and underserved populations to help them with health insurance coverage and understanding the complex processes, like applying for insurance, both before and after...[ Read More ]

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