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Utah ranks 4th for overall health in 2021 CDC survey

| Oct 7, 2022 | Utah

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released data this week that showed 22.4% of surveyed Utahns reported their overall general health as “excellent,” the 4th highest percentage out of all states and the District of Columbia.     The CDC’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) tracks...[ Read More ]

Intermountain Healthcare launches drone delivery of medications to patients in the Salt Lake Valley area

| Oct 7, 2022 | Utah

Intermountain Healthcare, in partnership with Zipline, launched drone delivery services to patients in the Salt Lake Valley region on Tuesday.      The innovative service will deliver shipments of prescriptions and medical products via unmanned, battery-powered drones right into people’s yards. Both companies said the partnership makes health care more...[ Read More ]

Utah Medicare plans to provide lower premiums and better access to prescription medications in 2023

| Oct 6, 2022 | Utah

With the 2022 enrollment period set to begin next week, Utah Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans will offer added benefits and lower costs for enrollees in 2023.      The Inflation Reduction Act limits monthly out-of-pocket insulin copays to $35 for Medicare enrollees and provides...[ Read More ]

5 Things Utah: Q&A w/ Jaime Wissler, Children's mental health, Youth Medicaid coverage

| Sep 22, 2022 | Utah

This month's newsletter features a Q&A with Jaime Wissler, the newly appointed Executive Director of the One Utah Health Collaborative, insight from academic and health professional Krisi Kleinschmit, MD, on the state of youth mental health in Utah, and new data revealing Utah's low insured rate for Medicaid-eligible children. Thanks...[ Read More ]

What They're Watching: Alan Pruhs, Association for Utah Community Health

| Sep 21, 2022 | Utah

Like many folks in Utah's health sector, Alan Pruhs, Executive Director of the Association for Utah Community Health, is working on transitioning the health care payment model from focusing on volume to focusing on value—which he emphasized is much easier said than done He says value-based payments will help the...[ Read More ]

Utah ranked lowest among Medicaid expansion states for public health insurance coverage of low-income children in 2021

| Sep 21, 2022 | Utah

Recent data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey show that 84% of low-income children who qualified for Medicaid in 2021 in Utah were not enrolled. That is the highest rate in the country among the 36 states that have expanded Medicaid. It’s also higher than Wyoming, which is...[ Read More ]