2006 Update Archives

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

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12/21/2006 State Legislative Committee Releases Report on Hospital Funding; CHA Presents on ED Overcrowding at Legislative Task Force Meeting; CHA Obtains Party Status In Pending DMHAS Proceeding; JCAHO Accepting Applications For Codman Award; ChimeNet Chosen By Lawrence & Memorial Hospital To Provide Fiber Optic Circuit; Holiday Publication Schedule for CHA Update; CHA Education Calendar Preview;  more...
12/14/2006 U.S. House and Senate Pass Tax Relief and Health Care Act in Waning Hours of Lame Duck Session; House Speaker Amann, Wife Attest to Importance of Organ Donation at Member Briefing; Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council Update; IHI, AHA, Others Launch 5 Million Lives Campaign; CHA to Host “Crucial Conversations” Training To Advance Patient Safety;  more...
12/07/2006 Covering the Uninsured a Priority in CHA Legislative Agenda; Hospital Pharmacist Vacancy Rate Rising in State and Nationwide; Safe Patient Handling Forum Scheduled for February; Report on Breast Cancer Reveals Differences Between Perception and Reality Regarding Risk Factors; Registrations Still Being Accepted For Organ and Tissue Donation Member Briefing;The 2007 Healthcare Executive Summit: Taking Healthcare Leadership to the Next Level;  more...
11/30/2006 House Speaker Amann Meets with CHA and Milford Hospital; ChimeData Fact Sheet On Post-Acute Care Transfer Policy; Two Hospitals Receive Patient Satisfaction Award; St. Francis Receives Award for CyberKnife Program; CHA To Host Member Briefing on Organ and Tissue Donation; Mark Shields to Keynote Healthcare Executive Summit;  more...
11/16/2006 CHA Board Approves 2007 Legislative Agenda; Statement on Quality Reporting; CHA's First Physician Executive Forum a Success; DPH Convenes Third Meeting of Infection Reporting Committee; MidState Receives CNA Nursing Award; CHA To Host Institutional Review Board Program;  more...
11/09/2006 Rell Wins Gubernatorial Election; Democrats Make Gains at State and Federal Levels; CHA Sends Letters to Senators Regarding Community Benefits; Medicare Wage Index Adjustment Discussed at CHA;CHA To Moderate Safe Patient Handling Discussion at CNA Convention; Governor Rell Announces New Avian and Pandemic Influenza Website; CHA Finds Education Patron in TIAA-CREF; CHA Physician Leadership Forum Next Tuesday;  more...
11/02/2006 CMS Issues OPPS Final Rule; Committee on Healthcare Associated Infections Meets; Five CT Hospitals Honored By HHS For Organ Donation Rates; John Hancock, CHAIS Offer Members New LTC Insurance Discounts; CHA's First-Ever Physician Leadership Forum Twelve Days Away;  more...
10/26/2006 CHREF PSO Presents To DPH Advisory Committee; CHA Welcomes LEP Services Proposal; 2006 Nursing Leadership Forum Delivers Excellence; Saint Francis Named To First-Ever “Leapfrog Top Hospitals” List; Hartford Courant Article Calls Attention to Hospital Funding Concerns; ChimeNet and Cisco Present Connected Imaging Seminar Hospital/Physician Relations Survey Results To Be Presented at CHA's Inaugural Physician Leadership Forum;  more...
10/19/2006 Senate President Pro Tempore Meets with CHA, Hospitals; CHA Comments on OHCA's Proposed Changes to Reporting Regulations; CHA Hosts Informational Session on New Campaign Finance Reforms; CHA Participates in Discussion to Prevent Underage Drinking; CHA's Nursing & Workforce Director Awarded for Nursing Leadership; AHA Launches Website to Motivate the Vote; Next Week: Nursing Leadership Forum;  more...
10/12/2006 CHA OPPS Comments Focus on Satellite ED Funding; CHA Facilitates Clinical Placement Capacity Focus Group Session; “Kentucky River” Decisions Discussed at CHA; CT Nurse Leaders to Catch Glimpse of MA's “Patients First” Initiative; Connecticut To Commemorate International Infection Prevention Week;  more...
10/05/2006 CHA Participates in ED Overcrowding “Town Hall Meeting"; Hospitals Invited to Participate in DSS Presumptive Eligibility Initiative Connecticut Hospitals Voluntarily Report Quality Data; OPPS Comments Due Tuesday; Pilot Testing of Video Interpreting Service Begins; Hospitals Pilot Test Online Perioperative Nursing Course; CHA To Present Premier Physician Leadership Forum;  more...
09/28/2006 Federal Update; Advance Directives Law Takes Effect; New Forms Available Online; New Britain General and Bradley Memorial Hospitals To Merge; Senator Slossberg Addresses Hospital Human Resources Meeting; Yale-New Haven Hospital Deemed an Employer of Choice;  more...
09/21/2006 CHA, Hospitals Testify on Hospital Funding; Legislative Task Force on ED Overcrowding Meets; Windham Hospital Celebrates Dedication of New Facility;CHREF PSO to Offer Program on Improving Communication for Patient Safety; Save the Dates: 2006–2007 CHREF PSO Patient Safety Curriculum;  more...
09/14/2006 CHA Works to Address Malpractice Claims Data Collection Issues; Nursing Workforce Shortage Addressed at CLN Symposium; Behavioral Health Partnership Oversight Council Update; Federal Update; Jackson Keynotes Women in Healthcare Management Annual Meeting; Governor, CHA Salute Connecticut’s First Responders; CHA Offers Program on Organizational Procrastination;  more...
09/07/2006 Hand Hygiene Project, Just Culture Discussed at CHA;DPH Committee on Healthcare Associated Infections Meets;Legislative Committee To Hold Public Hearing; CHA To Host Annual Nursing Leadership Forum; Public Health Committee Vice Chair To Speak At CHA Meeting;  more...
08/31/2006 TEIC Launches Updated WebCARE; Yale-New Haven Hospital Moves Up AARP Top Employer List; Connecticut Obesity Rate Lower Than Most But Increasing; Kwak Joins CHA Staff as Director, Patient Care Regulation; CHA Offers Program on New IPPS Rule;  more...
08/24/2006 Changes to State Laws on Healthcare Decision-Making Discussed at CHA; Day Kimball Hospital Names New CEO; Connecticut Hospitals Lead Nation in Developing Workforce Through School at Work Program; Healthcare 2007 Trade Show Date Set; Exhibitor Information Available Online; CHA Offers Utilization Review/Management Certification Programs;  more...
08/17/2006 CHA, Others Unite in Opposing New Medicaid Requirement; HCAHPS Pilot Results to be Issued Before Month’s End; Yale New Haven Health Offers Wallet Flu Prevention Card; Red Cross Seeks Volunteers to Help with Katrina Shelter Residents;  more...
08/10/2006 CHA Website Features Patient Safety Strategies for Consumers; CMS Issues Hospital OPPS Proposed Rule; New CHA Board Committee Chairmen Appointed; Next Week CHA Offers IPPS Webinar;  more...
08/03/2006 Advisory Group Works on Faculty Staffing Plan; CMS Releases IPPS Final Rule; CMS Picks First MAC; HQA, CHA Plan To Expand Performance Reporting Websites; CHA To Offer “Lean Healthcare” Program;  more...
07/27/2006 Grassroots Action Prompts Removal of Transparency Provision; Medication Error Prevention; CHA SSP Vendor Offers Primary Care Physicians Survey Free to CHA Members; CHA Works on Workforce Shortage; CHA Offers Program on Healthcare Decision-Making;  more...
07/20/2006 CMS Responds to Data Reporting Requirement Concerns Raised by CHA, Others; AHA, CHA Quantify the Economic Contributions of Hospitals; CHA Announces Dates for Annual Leadership Programs;  more...
07/13/2006 CHA To Conduct Clinical Placement Capacity Assessment; ChimeData Compares Connecticut and National Emergency Department Utilization; Connecticut Hospitals Receive National Recognition; CHA Supports Upcoming CLN Workforce Shortage Symposium;  more...
07/06/2006 CHA Participates in Regional Pandemic Planning Meeting; CHA Collaborates With the Red Cross on Increasing Blood Supply; CMS Promotes Preventive Services Covered by Medicare; CHA Annual Report Available Online; Governor Rell Signs Healthcare Bills; CHA Invites Input On Education Calendar;  more...
06/29/2006 Greenwich Hospital Hosts Ceremonial Signing of Infection Reporting Law; CHA Thanks Representatives Shays and Simmons for Supporting Flexibility in New Medicaid Policy; Bristol Hospital Names New CEO; Hospitals Choose ChimeNet to Bolster Data Networking Capabilities; TEIC Continues to Enhance Data Collection and Analysis; CHA Adds Webinars and Teleclasses to Educational Program Offerings;  more...
06/22/2006 CHA Annual Meeting Focuses on Community, Keynote Speaker George Will Focuses on Politics; New CHA Officers and Trustees Elected; Virtual Trade Show Now Available On CHA Website;  more...
06/15/2006 CHA Comments on IPPS Proposed Rule for 2007; IHI 100,000 Lives Campaign Surpasses Goal; DSS Approves Increase in Behavioral Health Reimbursement Rate; CHA Publishes 2006 Legislative Summary;  more...
06/08/2006 CHA Urges Support for Maximum Flexibility in New Documentation Requirement; CHA Comments on CMS Discharge Notification Rule; TEIC Trains WebCare Users; Norwalk Hospital Nursing Unit Receives National Award; IHI To Celebrate 18-Month Milestone; Register Now for the CHA Annual Meeting; CHA To Host Joint Commission Program on Information Management (IM) Standards;  more...
06/01/2006 IPPS Update; ChimeNet and Cisco Introduce Innovative Solutions to Improve Patient Care;CHA To Offer Course in Healthcare Budgeting and Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers;  more...
05/25/2006 CHA Hosts Community Benefit Software Training;CHA Supports Patient Safety and Quality Initiatives;TEIC Beta Testing Continues;CHA To Offer Program on Medical Records Law;  more...
05/19/2006 Legislative Update; CHA Publishes Vacancy Rates; CHA Announces Healthcare Hero Essay Contest Winners; ChimeNet Earns Cisco "Healthcare Vertical Specialist Partner" Status, Announces “Clinical Connection Suite” Seminar; CHA To Offer Six Sigma Certification Program; 2006 Health Care Leadership Series Concludes in June;  more...
05/12/2006 Lyons To Receive 2006 T. Stewart Hamilton Award; Middlesex Hospital Wins John D. Thompson, Community Service Awards; Medical Liability Reform Bills Defeated in Washington; Hospitals, Nurses Celebrated This Week; CCMC Names New CEO; CHA To Offer Program on Corporate Compliance;  more...
05/05/2006 Legislative Session Ends; Budget Adjustments and Infection Reporting Bill Passed; Connecticut Hospital Contingent Attends AHA Annual Meeting, Meets With Congressional Delegation; CHA Presents at Forum on RHIOs; Nightingale Awards Celebrate Connecticut Nurses;  more...
04/28/2006 Tobin Recognized as Grassroots Champion; Legislative Update; TEIC Member Hospitals Test Web Tool;CHA To Offer Program on Surgical Care Improvement Project; CHA To Offer Program on Frontline Training in Patient Safety;  more...
04/21/2006 Legislative Update; ChimeData Publishes Fact Sheet on Cesarean Sections; George Will to Keynote at CHA Annual Meeting; 2006 Healthcare Leadership Series Continues in May;  more...
04/14/2006 CHA Sends AHRQ Feedback Regarding National PSO System; CMS Releases Proposed Hospital IPPS Rule; Hospital Performance Reporting Website Updated; AHA President Announces Retirement; CHA to Offer Program on Labor Relations; CHA To Offer Program On ED Coding and Billing;  more...
04/07/2006 CHA Presents at National Meeting on HCAHPS; Legislative Update; Mobile Field Hospital Dedicated; Save The Date: CHA Annual Meeting; CHA Offers Program on Conflict Management; CHA Offers Program on Ambulatory Surgery Coding;  more...
03/31/2006 Governor Rell Meets With Hospital Executives; Appropriations Committee Budget Includes Increases to Hospital Funding; CHA Advocates for Effective Public Reporting; CHA Seeks Entries for Annual Awards, Essay Contest;  more...
03/24/2006 Congresswoman Nancy Johnson Addresses Representatives of Connecticut Hospitals; Hospitals Host Health Fair at the Capitol; Trade Show a Success; eHealthConnecticut Hosts HIT Summit; CHA Participates in AHRQ Meeting on PSOs; CHA Upgrades Data Software; CHA Seeks Entries for Annual Awards, Essay Contest;  more...
03/17/2006 CHA Board Approves Community Benefit Reporting System, Revised Legislative Agenda; Legislative Update; CMS Posts Hospital Performance Data ;Healthcare 2006 Trade Show 2006; Healthcare Leadership Series Begins April 7;  more...
03/10/2006 Patient Safety Summit Emphasizes Partnership with Patients; Legislative Update;Danbury Hospital Named To “Top 100” List;  more...
03/03/2006 Hospitals Announce New Efforts to Fight Infections; Governor Proclaims Patient Safety Awareness Week; Investment in Healthcare Infrastructure a Must, Says CHA; CHA Offers Program on Accountability; CHA Offers Program on Denials Management;  more...
02/28/2006 Special Update: 2006 Patient Safety Summit; Speaker Profiles;  more...
02/24/2006 CHA Addresses Children's Healthcare; Report Shows Improvement Of Hospitals' Fiscal Health, Notes Challenges; CHA Testifies on State Payments to Hospitals; Jennifer Barrows Joins CHA as Director, Communications; CHA Testifies in Support of Proposed Revisions to Hospital Regulations; Free Book For Trade Show Early Birds; CHA Plans Patient Safety Week Activities; Nominations Sought for 2006 Eisenberg Award;  more...
02/17/2006 CHA Testifies on State Budget Adjustments; Behavioral Health Partnership Update; CHA Supports Employee, Employer Rights; Brady to Present at National Meeting on HCAHPS; CHA Offers Program on IT Governance; Register Now: Healthcare 2006 Trade Show;  more...
02/10/2006 State, Federal Budgets Proposed; Labor Committee To Hold Public Hearing; Save the Date: CHA Health Fair at the Capitol; National Patient Safety Foundation President to Speak at 2006 Patient Safety Summit; CHA To Host Program on Documentation for Inpatient Rehab Providers;  more...
02/03/2006 CHA Calls on Governor toConsider Hospitals' Contributions to State's Economy; President Outlines Healthcare Plans; Representative Johnson, Governor Rell Announce State E-Health Initiative; Representative Larson Elected Vice Chairman of Democratic Caucus; Hospital Performance Reporting Website Updated; TEIC User Group Meeting; Leaders Meet On Pandemic Flu Preparations;  more...
01/27/2006 Governor Rell Accepts $13.7 Million Federal Grant to Improve Mental Health Services; CHA Participates in National Forum on PSOs; JCAHO Issues Medication Reconciliation Alert; OHCA Issues Report on Psychiatric Bed Capacity for Children; Fred Lee to Keynote 2006 Trade Show; Flu Season Update; 2006 Patient Safety Summit;  more...
01/20/2006 CHA Board Approves Pay-for-Performance Principles; Iacobellis Presenting to Children's Healthcare Advocacy Group; Lieutenant Governor's Mental Health Cabinet Plans for 2006 Session; ChimeNet Selected By ECHN To Provide Fiber Optic Network; Save the Date: Healthcare 2006 Trade Show; CHA Offers New Program on Charge Masters;  more...
01/13/2006 CHA Board Elects Pat Charmel as New Chairman; CHA Announces 2006 Agendas; Connecticut Emergency Care Scores High Marks; Griffin Hospital Ranked Fourth Best Employer Nationally; Time to Register for the CHA Healthcare Executive Summit; CHA Offers Program on Patient Care for the Severely Obese;  more...
01/06/2006 DPH Report on Community Benefits Shows Hospitals Meeting Community Needs; Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership Begins; Flu Season Officially Begins in Connecticut; The CHA Performance Reporting Website Attracts Continued Interest; CHA to Hold 2006 Healthcare Executive Summit;  more...