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Q&A: Medicaid director Emma Chacon discusses equity, COVID and the merger

| Jun 11, 2021 | Utah

Emma Chacon has served as Utah’s interim state medicaid director since March 2021, replacing Nathan Checketts who moved to the Department of Human Services as deputy director. She has acted as the medicaid deputy director and operations director at the Department of Health since 2005.   In this Q&A, Chacon discusses...[ Read More ]

Gov. Cox names Utah's first chief innovation officer

| Jun 11, 2021 | Utah

Utah Gov. Spencer J. Cox has appointed Rich Saunders as the first chief innovation officer for the state of Utah. Saunders, who currently serves as executive director of the Utah Department of Health, will shift to become part of the governor’s senior staff effective June 21. Although many states and...[ Read More ]

Intermountain study shows telehealth's clinical and financial effectiveness

| Jun 9, 2021 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare released a study last week on the clinical effectiveness of using telehealth for physical therapy (PT) after hip surgery. The study found that telehealth is just as clinically effective as in-person care and it costs less to administer.      The study, which took place pre-COVID-19, split patients...[ Read More ]

Experts discuss tools needed to implement value-based care

| Jun 4, 2021 | Utah

The University of Utah David Eccles School of Business brought five health care experts together recently to discuss the tools necessary to make the transition to value-based care (VBC) in the state      In a panel entitled “Making the Transition to Value” for the school’s Global Value-Based Symposium, the...[ Read More ]

Mental Health Crisis Care Center breaks ground for University of Utah

| Jun 3, 2021 | Utah

Last week, the University of Utah and Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mental Health Crisis Care Center on the future site of the HMHI Campus of Hope.     The center will be used to provide emergency mental and behavioral health services to the...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: SLCo RFA, Interim study plan, ARPA funds

| May 27, 2021 | Utah

It's mental health awareness month in May. And, though we're at the end of the month, it feels like time to double down on being intentional about addressing our mental health needs. According to the US Census Household Pulse Survey, about 53% of Utahns self-attested to "feeling nervous, anxious, or...[ Read More ]

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