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"I enjoy working in such a high energy, highly engaged and innovative group. Not only are we proactive in identifying trends in health care risk management, but we’re also available to provide on-the-spot consultations—even if it takes a day or so to research the issue."


Karie Minaga-Miya, RN, JD, MS, CPHRM

Sr. Risk and Patient Safety Consultant, UMIA


  • Malpractice Risks, Health Law, Clinical Bioethics, Apology and Communication


  • RN, ADN from Weber State University, Ogden, UT
  • JD, University of Utah
  • MS, Nursing, University of Utah
  • CPHRM, the American Hospital Association


  • Medical Group Management Association
  • MGMA, Utah


With degrees in both nursing and law, plus more than 30 years in health care and risk management in hospital, clinic and other health care settings, Karie brings a powerhouse of expertise to her role as a senior consultant. Her combined experience puts her in an ideal position to help policyholders address risk and safety issues, as well as work with them on patient grievances, early intervention, disclosure, apology, clinician wellbeing, error prevention and much more. In addition to being available for our policyholders, Karie helps identify risky practices that repeatedly incur liability, and collaborates on programs that help mitigate those risks.

Karie takes pride in being responsive and helpful to care team members and health care staff—skillfully weaving together her clinical nursing and legal background to help policyholders address concerns around events or accidents, or get fast answers to pressing questions. Where some see stress and worry, Kari sees a way to help others that she finds rewarding.

Prior to UMIA, Karie served as regional risk manager for Intermountain Healthcare, a large health care system in Utah, where she led all legal, risk, and compliance issues. In addition, over the past 34 years, Kari has held administrative and leadership roles in hospital, clinic and academic settings, including academic practice management at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

When she’s not wrestling with policyholder issues, Karie enjoys getting adventurous with cooking classes, or simply reading while her husband catches and fillets something for her to try in a new recipe. If the Utah Jazz are playing basketball, you can bet she’s got her eye on the ball—along with her mom who never misses a game.