News and Updates

Mountainlands Family Health Center - Vernal Grand Opening

17 April 2014
On Tuesday April 29th at 11:00am, Mountainlands Family Health Center (MFHC) will celebrate the opening of Mountainlands Family Health Center - Vernal with help from Uintah County Commissioner Darlene Burns and Grant Administrator Heather Hoyt, TriCounty Health Department Director Joseph Shaffer, and Northeastern Counseling Director Kyle Snow. MFHC invites both the public and media to join in the Grand Opening festivities. MFHC received funding, made available through The Affordable Care Act, from the United States Department of…

New Meaningful Use Calculator Helps Providers Attest to Stage 2

08 April 2014
CMS has release an online tool which allows providers to test whether or not they would successfully demonstrate Stage 2 meaningful use for the EHR Incentive Programs. Like the Stage 1 Calculator, eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) can enter and review their data for each measure. The tool then calculates whether or not you will successfully demonstrate Stage 2 of meaningful use. A results page explains why you may or may…

LGBT Health Education Webinars

08 April 2014
The National LGBT Health Education Center is hosting montlh webinars on how to improve the health care of LGBT people. They provide a monthly webinar series that features key topics on LGBT health and offer CME/CEU credit. To be informed of the dates for this series, sign up for their email updates. The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, resources, and consultation to health care organizations with the goal of optimizing quality, cost-effective health…

Newborn Screening Data Repository Funding Opportunity

08 April 2014
Newborn Screening Data Repository and Technical Assistance Center Eligibility: As cited in the Public Health Service Act, § 1109 (42 U.S.C. 300b-8), eligible applicants include a State or a political subdivision of a State; a consortium of two (2) or more States or political subdivisions of States; a territory; a health facility or program operated by or pursuant to a contract with or grant from the Indian Health Service; or any other entity with appropriate expertise…

April is National Minority Health Month!

04 April 2014
April is National Minority Health Month, a time to raise awareness about health disparities that persist among racial and ethnic minorities. This year's theme is "Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equality," which emdoies the ambitious goal put forward by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Srevices to achieve "a nation free of disparities in health and health care." Utah's Health Centers are helping achieve this goal as more than half of their patients are from…

HealthInsight Launches Patient and Family Advisory Council

03 April 2014
HealthInsight, a private, non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving health and health care, has recently launched The Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). The purpose of the PFAC is to gain a deeper understanding of care through the sharing of stories and personal experiences. Healthinsight’s PFAC provides an educated perspective of all patients and families by bringing authenticity, empowerment, respect, and inspiration to the design and delivery of health care systems and strives to improve…

New Clinic to Make Utah a Healthier Place

28 March 2014
On March 27th, Mayor Ben McAdams and Mayor JoAnn Seghini cut the ribbon on Mid-Valley Health Clinic in Midvale which is operated by Utah Partners for Health. Community members, local supporters, and the media came out to join in the festivities and tour the clinic.  UPFH received funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services in September 2013 to support a new clinic that will provide access to quality preventive and primary health…

HHS Releases Security Risk Assessment Tool for HIPAA Compliance

28 March 2014
A new security risk assessment (SRA) tool to help guide health care providers in small to medium sized offices conduct risk assessments of their organizations is now available from HHS. The SRA tool is the result of a collaborative effort by the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The tool is designed to help practices conduct and document a risk assessment in a thorough,…

Fourth Street Clinic Patients Await Medicaid Decision

19 March 2014
Members of the Fourth Street Clinic's Consumer Advisory Board (CAB) recently wrote a powerful editorial for the Deseret News expressing concern over the "coverage gap" created by the lack of a Medicaid Expansion.  "For most of us — as well as for most Utahns who are homeless — Fourth Street Clinic is our only source of health care because they do not require health insurance or payment. Most of us don’t have health insurance, because…

Mountainlands Opens New Healthcare Clinic in Vernal

19 March 2014
Mountainlands Family Health Center, a Provo-based health center organization, has opened a new clinic in Vernal in additional to service sites in Provo and Payson. Mountainlands received funding from the United States Department of Health and Human Services in September 2013 to support a new clinic that will provide access to quality preventive and primary health care for over 3,300 residents of Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett counties, including those who are uninsured. The funding was made…

40,000 Utahns Now Have Health Insurance Plans Under ACA

14 March 2014
A reported 40,000 Utahns have signed up for private insurance plans available through the Affordable Care Act, according to Jason Stevenson, education and communications director at the Utah Health Policy Project, which helps guide people through the ACA. What’s more, he says, the state leads the nation in young adults getting health coverage. He cites a report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that shows Utah is number one for registering 18…