Category: Salt Lake City

Health System Touted By Obama Is Not Yet Endorsing Medicaid Expansion

Intermountain Healthcare, the Salt Lake City-based hospital system praised by President Barack Obama as being a model for low-cost, high quality care, says it is not convinced Utah should expand Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul. The system wants those who would gain Medicaid coverage from the law to have the choice to obtain private insurance, which generally pays higher rates...

Feds sue to block acquisition of Dallas nuclear waste company

The U.S. Justice Department is suing to block a Salt Lake City-based company's acquisition of Waste Control Specialists, the Dallas-based company that wants to expand the nuclear waste dump it operates in West Texas. If the $367 million merger with proposed buyer EnergySolutions goes through, it would “combine the two most significant competitors for the disposal of low level radioactive waste...

Retooling Hospitals, One Data Point At A Time

SALT LAKE CITY – When a car rolls off an assembly line, the automaker knows exactly what parts, labor and facilities cost.  Not so in health care, and now some health executives are trying to change that. Although U.S. hospitals account for the single largest chunk of the nation’s $2.7 trillion in health spending, few of them can say how much it actually costs them to care for every patient...

West Texas nuclear waste project on hold — for now

A proposal to bring the nation’s spent nuclear fuel to West Texas appears to be on the ropes. Waste Control Specialists, which currently stores low-level radioactive waste in Andrews County, has asked the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to temporarily suspend a review of its application to store tens of thousands of metric tons of spent nuclear fuel currently scattered at reactor sites...

Donald Trump’s new, controversial homelessness czar has argued feeding homeless people enables them

A Texas consultant who devised a controversial approach to addressing homelessness in San Antonio a decade ago was tapped by President Donald Trump this month to bring his strategy to the rest of the country. Robert Marbut Jr., the founding president of San Antonio’s homeless shelter Haven for Hope, will lead the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates with 19 federal...

Lessons learned from running ICUs in disaster ones

As New York City strains under COVID-19 cases and health care workers scramble for every bit of equipment they can get, hospitals are starting to look less like part of a wealthy country’s medical system and more like the makeshift clinics in disaster zones or the developing world. In those places, experts say, doctors need to think about care differently: managing resources to best serve all...

The city teacher behind DeltaMath, the online tool helping students learn (but not cheat)

When Zach Korzyk spent a couple of days creating an online tool to teach his 11th-grade students to solve a specific math problem, he never imagined the website would expand far beyond his Manhattan classroom. Five years later, his DeltaMath website has 600 different types of math problems – each with countless variations – and was used by more than 20,000 students in December 2014 alone....

In the Rural West: More Oil, More Gas, More Ozone

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado seemed like the perfect spot for Jerry Nelson and his wife to retire from Champaign, Illinois, where he had been an economics professor at the University of Illinois. Ringed by stunning mountains and nestled against the confluence of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, the city of 62,000 people offered an ideal climate and plenty of hiking opportunities. But in the winter...

Medicaid Nearing ‘Eye Of The Storm’ As Newly Unemployed Look For Coverage

As the coronavirus roils the economy and throws millions of Americans out of work, Medicaid is emerging as a default insurance plan for many of the newly unemployed. That could produce unprecedented strains on the vital health insurance program, according to state officials and policy researchers. Americans are being urged to stay home and practice “social distancing” to prevent the spread of...

Takeaways from IMFAR 2015

The dramatic backdrop to the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) — the mighty Wasatch Range — is the product of 20 million years of hemorrhaging fault lines, volcanic eruptions and the painfully slow march of ice and rock. One might excuse some of the stakeholders at IMFAR for likening such geological history to the seemingly glacial pace of autism research. But tucked in...