From: Utah Hospital Association
To: Dean Sanpei,
Subject: February 2014 Newsbyte
Date: Tue Feb 04 20:34:57 MST 2014
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UHA in the news
UHA staff have been in the news on a variety of population health-related topics over the past month, including Medicaid expansion, USTAR technology initiatives and mass transit. 


UHA CEO Greg Bell penned an op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune January 25th in his role as USTAR Governing Authority chair. His op-ed was followed up with a visit to the Doug Wright show on KSL radio. USTAR is funding research on cleaner air technology and is also taking a leading role in health-related research. Greg was also recently inducted into the UTA transportation honor roll for his service "as one who has exhibited extra effort to promote better transportation systems for the cities and counties of Utah." He was recognized for his support of transportation alternatives to encourage better air quality.


Last week, Dave Gessel joined Greg Bell on the Doug Wright show to discuss Medicaid expansion. In addition, Greg and Dave have hosted several legislative forums across the state to make the case for a limited and balanced approach to expansion. Many thanks to the members who have invited legislators or attended these important meetings.


UHA appreciates the efforts of many of our members who have also taken the time to support our position on Medicaid expansion by submitting op-eds to their local newspapers. 

As the session gets underway and Medicaid expansion continues to be a topic of discussion, UHA will continue to be at the forefront of conversations supporting a limited expansion model for our state.


Eliminating delays in hospital newborn screening

The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) patient safety initiative, which began in 2009, aims to improve hospital submission times and the quality of data submitted for required newborn screenings in Utah. UDOH will be sending a letter to each hospital CEO and their newborn screening coordinator including information on their facility's performance levels. The letter will include a copy of the reporting rule, a list of the conditions that are negatively impacted by delays, and facility-specific performance levels regarding missing data, unsatisfactory specimens and inadequate batching processes.


Currently, Utah screens for 38 serious medical conditions, many of which require timely treatment to achieve the optimum health outcomes for the child. By improving the speed of submission, hospitals can assure that each baby in Utah gets the best start in life possible.


For more information on the initiative, contact Harper Randall, M.D.,  or Iona Thraen, ACSW, .


Legislative events approaching

UHA is hosting the following membership events in conjunction with the 2014 legislative session.


UHA Legislative Reception-Tuesday, February 4, 5-7 p.m., Sun Valley Room,  Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City.


UHA Hospital Day Legislative Luncheon-Monday, March 3, Noon-2 p.m., Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City.


Each hospital administrator/CEO has received an invitation for these events on behalf of their hospital. If you planned to attend either of these events and have not yet RSVPd, please contact Jackie Wilkinson at , 801-486-9915.

UHA board update

In board action in January, Gregory R. Angle, Division President for MountainStar Healthcare, was added to the UHA Board and Executive Committee, replacingJohn Hanshaw who retired in December. Patricia K. Ravert, a trustee for Intermountain's Urban South Region and Dean of the BYU College of Nursing, also joined the board as a trustee representative. Gay Cunningham also joined the board in a non-voting capacity as representative of the Utah Organization of Nurse Leaders.


UHA wishes to thank the following non-voting members of the board whose terms recently ended: F. Robert Reeder, Health Facilities Licensing Committee representative; Brian Shiozawa, M.D., Utah Medical Association representative and Judy Geiger, RN, UONL representative.

"Most Wired" survey open

AHA's Hospitals & Health Networks magazine recently launched its 2014 Most Wired Survey, which hospitals can complete through March 15. The annual survey measures information technology adoption, implementation and use in four areas: infrastructure; business and administrative management; clinical quality and safety; and clinical integration. For details on this year's survey, see the recent H&HN video or visit 

Happenings around the state

Sevier Valley Medical Center recently completed a new 38,000 square foot outpatient center, which also serves as the new main entrance to the hospital. Phase 2 of the project focuses on remodeling areas of the existing hospital and is currently underway.


Jeremy Lyman has been appointed CEO of Blue Mountain Hospital in Blanding, replacing Donna Singer, who is retiring. Jeremy previously served as CFO of the hospital.


Mikelle Moore, vice president of community benefit for Intermountain Healthcare, recently joined the board of directors of United Way of Salt Lake.


Have news to share? Email your announcement to Jill Vicory, by the 20th of the month for inclusion in the next month's issue of Newsbyte. 

Educational update

The Salt Lake Summit and Tooele (SST) Coalition is hosting a Counter Terrorism/Mass Casualty Workshop in April. Registration is now available on U-Train ( through the state of Utah. This workshop will feature counter-terrorism experts from Israel. The program offers two separate courses and requires two separate registrations. The workshop is April 2nd and 3rd and is listed under course #1048534. This is a command and control course and is being offered free of charge. However, registration is required and space is limited. The Table Top Exercise (TTX) will be held April 4th under course #1048535 and is limited to 100 attendees. The TTX will be focused on exercising those individuals that would be in the command centers and Emergency Operations Centers (Registrants will need approval to attend). For further information or to register, contact Terry Begay, Salt Lake County Health Dept.,


The 32nd Annual Emergencies in Medicine Conference will take place March 2-6 at the Hyatt Escala at the Canyons Resort in Park City. This 5-day conference provides interactive medical education and up to 25 CME hours. A 20% discount is being offered to Utah participants. For more information go to .  


UHA's 2014 Annual Membership Meeting is set for April 23-25 at the Courtyard by Marriott in St. George. Events taking place in conjunction with the meeting include rural hospital meetings and the UHA Chairman's Dinner on Thursday, with Utah Healthcare Executive's breakfast event and UHA educational programming on Friday. Keynote remarks will feature noted healthcare futuristMaureen Swan. More information on the program will be available later this month. 


The 18th Annual Western Regional Trustee Symposium is set for June 11-13, 2014 at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, Nevada. Featured speakers for the event include Bernice Washington, Rex Birdorfer and Daniel Sinnott. For more information, go to . Registration materials will be available in March.   


Carelearning Webinar Calendar-UHA continues to partner with Carelearning to provide a variety of educational sessions online for the convenience of our members. Go to to view the available programs.

UHA calendar of events for February 2014


February 4 UHA Legislative Reception, 5-7 p.m., Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City
February 5 Government Relations Committee, 12:15 p.m., UHA Board Room

Utah Disaster Advisory Committee, Noon, ICDP at LDS Hospital
February 20 Government Relations Committee, 12:15 p.m., UHA Board Room

Patient Safety Work Group, 8:30 a.m., UDOH Highland Drive 5th Floor
February 21 UHA Executive Committee, 9 a.m., UHA Board Room


News from HealthInsight


Happy New Year! 

All indicators for 2014 project a stronger focus on quality for hospitals and healthcare systems. HealthInsight's next contract work from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services (CMS) is beginning in fall 2014 and continues to focus on preventing and reducing Healthcare Associated Infections as well as Quality Reporting. And this focus will also have an impact on reimbursement from Medicare.


Quality reporting continues to evolve for hospitals. Both the Inpatient Quality reporting and Outpatient Quality reporting have changes for 2014. CMS is also moving ahead with preparations for Electronic Reporting Requirements and testing the processes.


For Inpatient Quality Reporting- some of the components for the measure sets have been removed or suspended. And other measure sets have been added. Mortality rates for stroke and COPD patients, as well as readmission rates are now required reporting. Use of a Safe Surgery Checklist is also required reporting.


The focus on healthcare associated infections (HAI) continues. Reporting of those measures - both process and outcome measures - are required. In Utah, we have some areas of HAIs where we are better than the national averages. But, we also have some HAIs where the majority of providers in the state are worse than the national benchmarks. One of those is catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI).


The Utah Department of Health (UDOH) HAI personnel are partnering withHealthInsight to present some educational information to infection control practitioners and quality improvement staff around the state. In order to support as many facilities as possible, the presentations will be held in different parts of the state. There is no cost to attend and facilities who do attend will receive approximately $200 of infection prevention materials - thanks to the UDOH.  The hope is that information on accurate identification and surveillance of CAUTIs, as well as options for improvement efforts will decrease the CAUTI rates in Utah.


Outpatient Quality Reporting for 2014 also has some changes. There are some new measures relating to outpatient procedures (e.g., colonoscopy , cataracts). These measures will be a challenge for providers and facilities - requiring some new abstraction methodology. HealthInsight will continue to offer help and support to facilities as these changes happen.


The hospitals and healthcare systems in Utah have some great staff working on infection prevention and quality improvement. The expectations from agencies continue to demand more and more from these dedicated professionals. Sustained support from hospital leadership is crucial for success.


As always, HealthInsight is committed to improving the health and healthcare of our Utah communities and will provide whatever assistance we can to achieve that goal. Contact Linda Egbert at 801-892-6670 or for patient safety, healthcare associated infection, and hospital reporting resources available throughHealthInsight.


HealthInsight is committed to improving the health and healthcare of our community and will provide whatever assistance we can. Contact Linda Egbert, MS, RN at (801)892-6670 or for patient safety, healthcare associated infection, and hospital reporting resources available through HealthInsight.



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