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Gov. Cox names new state Medicaid director

| Dec 16, 2021 | Utah

Today Gov. Spencer J. Cox announced the appointment of Jack Szczepanowski as the state’s new Medicaid Director. The appointment is subject to approval by the Utah Senate. “I’m very pleased to welcome Jack to Team Utah,” Gov. Cox said. “His experience in analyzing financial data and understanding this important program...[ Read More ]

UDOH and DHS release their transition plan and hold public Q&A

| Dec 9, 2021 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) and the Utah Department of Human Services (DHS) submitted their transition plan for the new Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the governor and the legislature last week. The plan outlines the path forward to become an operational, combined department by July...[ Read More ]

Intermountain Healthcare researchers receive $4.6 million NIH grant to study mechanical ventilator protocols for COVID and other critically-ill ICU patients

| Dec 9, 2021 | Utah

Researchers at Intermountain Healthcare have received a $4.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the best ways to implement recognized standards of care to determine when ICU patients on mechanical ventilators, including those being treated for severe COVID illness, should be taken off the ventilators to resume...[ Read More ]

Gov. Cox releases his FY 2023 budget recommendations

| Dec 8, 2021 | Utah

Utah Governor Spencer Cox released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 $28.5 billion budget recommendations on Dec. 7.  The budget allocates $7.6 billion to the new Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)—which will be officially consolidated at the time FY 2023 starts.  For DHHS, Cox calls for funding expansions in...[ Read More ]

Atrial Fibrillation significantly increases a person's risk of serious complications and death from COVID-19, Intermountain study finds

| Nov 29, 2021 | Utah

A new study from researchers at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City finds that patients with atrial fibrillation, the most common type of heart arrhythmia in adults, are at significantly higher risk to experience serious complications from COVID-19 illness. The study found that patients with a history of atrial fibrillation who...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/ Tracy Gruber, Vaccine mandate policy, Rep. Dailey-Provost talks legislation

| Nov 18, 2021 | Utah

As we approach Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you for reading our stuff. Our reporting and our conferences aren't possible without the engagement of stakeholders like you. So we're grateful to have your support. Wishing everyone a safe holiday next week! Thanks for reading.   Eli Kirshbaum State of Reform ...[ Read More ]

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