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Utah Department of Workforce Services stands prepared for imminent Medicaid redeterminations

| Oct 27, 2022 | Utah

Officials at the Department of Workforce Services (DWS), which determines Medicaid and CHIP eligibility for the Utah Department of Health and Human Services, reported Friday how it has been systematically preparing for the unwinding of the Public Health Emergency (PHE).      The US Department of Health and Human Services...[ Read More ]

Utah launches Healthy Places Index to track and improve health outcomes in disparate areas of the state

| Oct 25, 2022 | Utah

The Utah Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) launched a new online map that tracks and compares health data across the state to evaluate county, city, and neighborhood health.      Developed by the DHHS Office of Health Promotion and Prevention, the Healthy Places Index (HPI) uses data and...[ Read More ]

Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute calls for easing of home-based hospital care regulations to continue oncological treatment for rural patients

| Oct 25, 2022 | Utah

The University of Utah Health (U of U) Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Huntsman at Home (HH) program has been providing a full spectrum of care to acutely ill cancer patients in the home setting since 2018.      HH administrators say during the course of their treatment, oncological patients are more...[ Read More ]

New U of U school of medicine aims to address Utah’s rural provider shortage

| Oct 24, 2022 | Utah

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the University of Utah’s (U of U) new 185,000-square-foot medical education building.      Construction of the $185 million Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine was made possible in part by a $110 million gift from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Medicaid Director Strohecker discusses redeterminations, Deceptive COVID self-reporting, Gov. Cox & youth mental health

| Oct 20, 2022 | Utah

This month's newsletter includes Medicaid Director Jennifer Strohecker's comments on Medicaid redetermination planning and other upcoming changes to the program, data about deceptive COVID self-reporting practices with input from State Epidemiologist Dr. Leisha Nolen, and Gov. Cox's new strategy for addressing social media's impact on youth mental health in the state....[ Read More ]

Another attempt to ban gender-affirming surgery for minors approved for consideration in Utah's next legislative session

| Oct 20, 2022 | Utah

On Wednesday, the Utah Health and Human Services Interim Committee voted 12-5 in favor of advancing draft legislation that proposes a statewide ban on surgical procedures for minors diagnosed with gender dysphoria.     The legislature failed to pass a similar bill earlier this year that would have blocked both...[ Read More ]