Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. is expanding its services to include a DME company and new clinic in Blanding.
UNHS is starting its own Durable Medical Equipment company for patients and employees. In order for UNHS to bill for Durable Medical Equipment (DME) they have to be accredited, so the organization is getting accredited for DME.
“Since we have to become accredited for DME we might as well go bigger than we are now,” UNHS CEO Michael Jensen said. “Instead of just splints and braces and crutches, we will also offer nebulizers and oxygen and concentrators.
“We’re going to go bigger. We will become a provider for insurances; all the ones we are a provider for now we will be provider for,” Jensen explained. “We won’t go live until next year. We’re now in the process of getting accredited.”
Jensen said he’s not sure how big this DME company is going to be. Probably not real big, he said, but they will offer a lot more than they do now. This service will be available at all of the UNHS clinics. UNHS is beginning part three of expansion at the Navajo Moun- tain Community Health Center to accommodate this service.
Jensen also announced the bid for the new UNHS Clinic building in Blanding will go out next month. UNHS officials hope to break ground in March 2018 and be ready to open the new clinic early in 2019. The new clinic is a 40,000 square-foot building with 30 exam rooms, ten dental laboratories, Optometry suite, X-Ray facilities, drive-thru pharmacy and private counseling room for the Pharmacy, a behavioral health area, staff lounge, waiting room, a nice conference area for staff and community members to use, and more. Also included will be space for the new UNHS Durable Medical Equipment company.