2005 Update Archives

Below are previous issues of UPDATE, the weekly newsletter of the Connecticut Hospital Association.

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12/23/2005 U.S. Senate Approves Modified Budget Package, Bill Must Now Go Back To House For Consideration; Nursing Enrollment Up Nationally And In Connecticut;CHA Educational and Event Calendar Preview;  more...
12/16/2005 CMS Updates Hospital Compare Website; CHA Members Urge Connecticut Congressional Delegation To Protect Medicare, Medicaid Funding; Annual Trustee Conference Looks At Hospital Governance Challenges CHA staff and several trustees from member hospitals; Sponsorship Opportunities Available For 2006 CHA Annual Meeting; CHA To Offer Program To Help Prepare Staff For Move To Management;  more...
12/09/2005 CHA Publishes New Fact Sheet On Infertility Coverage And Multiple Births; Three Connecticut Hospitals Named To National List Of 100 Top Hospitals For Cardiac Care; CHA To Launch New Manager Skill Building Curriculum In January; CHA To Host Program On Managing Managers;  more...
12/02/2005 Legislature Passes Campaign Finance Reform, Prescription Drug Bills In Special Session; New Field Hospital To Be Named In Memory Of Anthrax Victim; Errichetti To Lead Chicago-Area Hospital; Save The Date: 2006 Healthcare Executive Summit; CHA To Offer Program On Cultural, Religious Diversity;  more...
11/18/2005 Special Session Update; Tanner Speaks At Workforce Forum; JCAHO Expected To Revise Policy Regarding Sale Of Hospital Data Analysis; Middlesex Hospital, Norwalk Hospital Receive CNA Nursing Awards; Devine Joins CHA Staff As Director, Patient Care Regulation; CHA To Offer Program On Fire Evacuation Planning;  more...
11/11/2005 OHCA Issues Declaratory Ruling, Waives Cost Reporting Requirement; House Pulls Federal Budget Reconciliation Bill; CMS Releases 2006 Outpatient PPS Final Rule; Updated Directory of Hospital Patient Representative Contacts Available Online; 2005 Nursing Leadership Forum Inspires, Energizes, Entertains; CHA To Offer Program On Instilling A Strong Work Ethic;  more...
11/04/2005 Legislature Preserves Coverage For Connecticut Children; Vaccination Regulations Take Effect; CMS Releases HCAHPS Survey For Final Comment; Leadership Transition At Lawrence & Memorial Hospital; OHCA Publishes Two New Issue Briefs; CHA To Offer Policy Management Program;  more...
10/28/2005 Legislative Update; CHA Submits Comment Letter To CMS On Proposed DSH Changes; Connecticut Hospital Leaders Present At HR Conference; Connecticut DMAT Members Participate In NDMS Hurricane Response; CHA To Host Member Briefing On CMS Drug Benefit; CHA To Offer Patient Safety Tools Curriculum;  more...
10/21/2005 CHA To Submit Comment Letter On Medicaid DSH Payments; Medicaid Funding Freezes Exacerbate Hospitals' Struggles; Connecticut Community Colleges Receive Federal Education Grant; Connecticut DMAT Members Deployed Again; HRSA Awards $26.1 Million In Bioterrorism Grants; Registrations Still Being Accepted For 2005 CHA Nursing Leadership Forum; CHA To Host Technology Boot Camp;  more...
10/14/2005 ChimeData Publishes New Fact Sheet On Mental Illness; CDC Posts Materials For 2005-06 Flu Season;Yale New Haven Health System To Present At National Workforce Conference; JCAHO Accepting Applications For Codman Award; CHA To Host Institutional Review Board Program;  more...
10/07/2005 CHA Issues Legislative Reminders To Hospital Members; AHA Releases Results Of National Health IT Survey; Connecticut ED Physicians Join National Rally; Yale New Haven Health System Designated By CDC As Center for Public Health Preparedness; CHA To Host Annual Nursing Leadership Forum;  more...
09/30/2005 Patient Safety Update; Public Health Committee Co-Chair Speaks At CHA Meeting; Retiring Hospital CEOs Zaccagnino, Christopher Honored; Connecticut DMAT Providing Assistance In New Orleans Area; Save The Date For 2006 CHA Annual Meeting; CHA To Offer Program On High Performance Teams;  more...
09/23/2005 State Supreme Court Issues Favorable Ruling On Medicaid Reimbursement; Yale-New Haven Hospital Recognized As Employer Of Choice; Hurricane Response Update: Connecticut DMAT Team Deployed To Gulf Coast; The Care Fund Now Accepting Online Donations;CHA SSP Vendor Offers Free Book On Physician Shortage To CHA Members; CHA Billing And Coding Series Begins In October;  more...
09/16/2005 CHA, Hospital Representatives Attend Key Meetings On Behavioral Health Issues; CHA Publishes Fact Sheet On ED Utilization; Connecticut Approved For Federal Funding For Hurricane Relief Effort; Additional Connecticut DMAT Members Expected To Deploy Soon; Dale Carnegie Series Begins With Productivity Improvement Program;  more...
09/09/2005 CHA Makes Congressional Visits;Hurricane Relief Efforts Continue; Public Health Committee Co-Chair To Speak At CHA Meeting; Hartford Courant Issues Correction To Editorial; Registrations Still Being Accepted For Program On Making The Business Case For Quality Improvement;  more...
09/02/2005 Connecticut Participating In Hurricane Relief Effort; CHA Testifies At OHCA Hearing; CMS Updates Hospital Compare Website; Stamford Hospital Named State’s Third Magnet Hospital; Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Announces Appointment Of New CEO; CHA To Offer Corrective Coaching Program;  more...
08/26/2005 IPPS Final Rule Increases Reimbursement To Connecticut Hospitals; Middlesex Hospital Renews Prestigious Magnet Status; U.S. Obesity Rates Increase; Registrations Still Being Accepted For CHA’s September Educational Programs; CHA To Offer “Lean Healthcare” Series;  more...
08/19/2005 CHA Files Testimony For OHCA Declaratory Ruling Proceeding; CHREF PSO Subgroup Meets To Discuss Collaborative Project On Medication Safety; CHA Participates In NQF Committee Discussion On Modifying List Of 27 Serious Reportable Events; Middlesex Hospital CEO To Serve On JCAHO Data Sharing Committee; DPH Implements Emergency Credentialing System; CHA Plans Advocacy Day In September; CHA To Offer Program On Making the Business Case For Quality Improvement;  more...
08/12/2005 CHA Updates Performance Reporting Website; AHA News Article Spotlights CHA’s Participation In HCAHPS Pilot; ChimeData Fact Sheet Traces Declining VBAC Rate; CHA And ACHE Connecticut Regents Advisory Council To Co-Host Program On Employing Physicians; CHA To Offer OSHA Compliance Program;  more...
08/05/2005 CMS Releases IPPS Final Rule; CHA Hosts HCAHPS Feedback Sessions with AHRQ;ICD Utilization Update;CHA To Offer Program On Improving Emotional Intelligence In the Workplace;  more...
07/29/2005 Federal Advocacy Update; Yale-New Haven Hospital Names Borgstrom To Succeed Zaccagnino As CEO; President Signs National Patient Safety Legislation; Connecticut Represented On AHA’s New IT Advisory Group; CHA To Offer Interviewing Program;  more...
07/22/2005 CMS Issues Hospital OPPS Proposed Rule; Hospital Performance On Process Measures The Subject Of Studies; CHA Submits Comment Letter On Proposed Vaccination Regulations; S&P Ratings Show Finances Of Nation’s Hospitals Improved In 2004; Connecticut Lags Behind; CHA Blood Drive Exceeds Goal; CHA Announces September 2005 Educational Calendar;  more...
07/15/2005 Governor Signs Medical Liability Reform Bill Into Law; Connecticut Hospitals Receive National Recognition; CHA Letter To The Editor Stresses Connecticut Hospitals’ Commitment To Patient Safety;CHA Hosts Forum On New Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage; Report: Weight-Loss Surgery Increases In U.S.; Virtual Trade Show Now Available On CHA Website;  more...
07/08/2005 OHCA Revises Hospital Filing Requirements; Report Details Increase In States with Medicaid Shortfalls 2005; CMS Publishes New Resource To Help Providers Educate Patients About Medicare Drug Coverage; CHA To Offer JCAHO Programs; AHA Updates Benchmarking Report For PR and Marketing Professionals; CHA Invites Input On 2006 Education Calendar;  more...
07/01/2005 2005 Special Session Concludes; CHA Submits Comment Letter On 2006 IPPS Proposed Rule; CHA Applies To Participate In OHCA Declaratory Ruling Proceeding; ChimeData Publishes New Fact Sheet On Firearm-Related Injuries; Waterbury Health Access Program Featured In Online Information Technology Journal;  more...
06/24/2005 Special Session Convened Thursday, To Continue Monday; CHA Represented On NQF Committee; MidState Medical Center Named To National Best Employer List; New ChimeNet Website Wins Award; CHA Annual Report Available Online; CHA To Offer JCAHO Program On Staffing;  more...
06/17/2005 CHA Annual Meeting A Success; MidState Medical Center CEO Honored By ACHE; CHA Letter To The Editor Supports IHI “100,000 Lives Campaign”; CHA To Offer Program On Transforming Employee Performance;  more...
06/10/2005 Budget, Medical Liability System Reform Bills Pass As 2005 Legislative Session Concludes;John D. Thompson, Community Service Awards To Be Presented At CHA Annual Meeting Next Week; Registrations Still Being Accepted For CHA Annual Meeting;  more...
06/03/2005 Legislative Update; CHA Annual Meeting Preview; The William W. Backus Hospital Receives National Maternity Award; 2005 Healthcare Leadership Series Concludes;  more...
05/27/2005 Legislative Update; Yale-New Haven Hospital CEO Announces Plans To Retire; ChimeData Publishes New Fact Sheet On Connecticut’s Uninsured; CHA Announces 2005 Healthcare Heroes Winners; Register Now For Final Program Of 2005 Healthcare Leadership Series; CHA To Offer Program On IT Interoperability;  more...
05/20/2005 Legislative Update; Connecticut Hospitals To Pilot Revised Patient Satisfaction Survey; Healthcare Leadership Series Concludes In June; More Americans Searching Internet For Hospital Information; CHA To Offer Web Development Program;  more...
05/13/2005 Legislative Update; Hospitals Celebrate “A Calling To Care”; CHREF PSO Hosts Inaugural Patient Safety Symposium At Capitol; ChimeData Publishes Fact Sheet On Hospital Quality Reporting; Deadline Monday For CHA Essay Contest; CHA To Offer Program On Making A Business Case For Quality Improvement;  more...
05/06/2005 Connecticut Hospital Contingent Attends AHA Annual Meeting, Meets With Congressional Delegation; AHA Report Examines Medicaid Trends; Deadlines Approaching For Annual CHA Awards, Essay Contest; Patient Safety Symposium Next Week; Human Resources Forum Planned for June;  more...
04/29/2005 Legislative Update; Deadlines Announced For Annual CHA Awards, Essay Contest; Connecticut Hospitals Recognized For Performance Improvement; Healthcare 2005 Trade Show A Success; CHA To Offer Program On Helping Alzheimer’s Patients And Families;  more...
04/22/2005 Legislative Update; Hospital CEO Receives Award; Yale-New Haven Hospital Honored by National Kidney Foundation of Connecticut; Save the Date - Patient Safety Symposium; 2005 Healthcare Leadership Series Continues in May; Just Around the Corner: Healthcare 2005 Trade Show; CHA To Offer ED Coding Program;  more...
04/15/2005 Hospital Day At The Capitol A Success; Connecticut Hospitals’ Financial Struggles Continue; Save The Date: CHA Annual Meeting; CHA’s Brady To Participate In Patient Safety Fellowship Program; CHA To Offer Change Management Program;  more...
04/08/2005 Legislative Update; Connecticut Hospitals Seek Wage Index Relief In Meeting With CMS; Brady Serves On National Patient Safety Grant Review Panel; First 100 Trade Show Attendees To Receive Free Copy of Best-Selling Business Book; 2005 Healthcare Leadership Series Begins April 15; CHA To Offer Program On Strategic Medical Staff Development;  more...
04/01/2005 Legislative Update; CMS Launches “Hospital Compare” Website; CHA Publishes Fact Sheet On ICDs; CHA To Offer Program On Clinical COEs;  more...
03/25/2005 Legislative Update; CMS Plans To Launch “Hospital Compare” Website Next Friday; Free Registration For 2005 Trade Show; CHA To Offer Staffing And Scheduling Program;  more...
03/18/2005 Legislative Update; CHA To Enroll In IHI 100,000 Lives Campaign; Healthcare 2005 Trade Show To Feature Author Of Best-Selling Business Book; CHA To Offer Succession Planning Program;  more...
03/11/2005 Senate Passes And Governor Signs Bill To Extend Healthcare Coverage For 13,000 Adults; Legislative Update; More Than 200 Attend 2005 Patient Safety Summit; Best-Selling Author To Deliver Keynote At Healthcare 2005 Trade Show;  more...
03/04/2005 Legislative Update; Lieutenant Governor To Deliver Opening Remarks At Patient Safety Summit; Four Connecticut Hospitals Named To Solucient “Top 100” List; CHA To Offer Internal Auditing Program;  more...
02/25/2005 Legislative Update; Patient Safety Summit To Feature Two Eisenberg Award Recipients; CHA To Offer HR Management Session;  more...
02/18/2005 HUSKY A Coverage Could Be Extended To End Of Fiscal Year; Federal Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid Still Loom; Electronic Medical Record Systems Top Hospitals' IT Wish Lists; CHA Publishes Obesity Fact Sheet; Save The Date: CHA 2005 Annual Meeting; CHA To Host Education Program On Team Development;  more...
02/11/2005 State, Federal Budget Proposals Call for Less Funding for Hospitals; CHA Presents Testimony on Medical Liability System Reform; CHA Performance Reporting Website Cited at National Conference; OHCA Issues Report on Fiscal Health of Connecticut Hospitals; Patient Safety Summit March 11, 2005;  more...
02/04/2005 Legislative Update; Malpractice Reform Part of State of the Union Address; CHA Publishes October PCR; Karl Appointed President & CEO at ECHN; Medicaid Focus of National Healthcare Discussion; CHA to Offer Financial Program for Trauma Centers;  more...
01/28/2005 CHA Meets With Congressional Staffers in Washington; Advance for Nurses Spotlights CHA President; Medicaid Continues to Grow; VNA Seeks Nightingale Award Nominations; Program Helps Ease ED Crowding, Hospital Waits and Delays;  more...
01/21/2005 Healthcare Leaders Gather for Educational Summit; CHA Submits Comment Letter on HCAHPS Survey to CMS; ChimeNet Profiled in Modern Healthcare Article; CHA Co-Signs Comment Letter on Interoperability of Health Information Technology; CDC: Flu Activity Hasn’t Peaked; Connecticut Reports Widespread Flu Activity; CHA to Offer Program on Identifying Opportunities;  more...
01/14/2005 Legislative Committees Meet, Plan Work for Session; OHCA Issues Report on 2004 Health Insurance Survey; CHA Board Approves Expanded 2005 Legislative Agenda; Fortune Names Griffin Hospital to Top Employer List Again; Medical Personnel Now Needed for Tsunami Relief Effort; SAVE THE DATE: 2005 Patient Safety Summit; Last Chance to Register for CHA Leadership Summit;  more...
01/07/2005 2005 Legislative Session Begins; Bush Reiterates Support of Medical Liability Reform Measures; Norwalk Hospital Nursing Unit Wins National Award; CDC: Flu Activity “Regional” in Connecticut; AHA: Cash Donations Best Way for Hospitals, Hospital Workers to Aid Tsunami Victims; 2005 CHA Leadership Summit to Feature Emily Friedman, Scott Wallace;  more...