2007 Update Archives

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

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12/20/2007 Profile: Congressman Joseph D. Courtney; Medicare Bill Protects Hospitals; Congress Expands Family and Medical Leave Act; Identifying Primary Care Resources Key Issue Examined by Statewide Primary Care Access Authority; CHA's Fillipo Featured on WNPR Program; CHA Offers Business Decision Making for Clinician; CHA Offers Dale Carnegie Training Program: How to Instill a Sense of Urgency and Maintain Momentum;  more...
12/13/2007 Governor Cites Hospitals as Priority for 2008; Governor's Hospital Task Unanimously Approves Recommendations at Final Meeting; HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Creates Work Groups; Reducing Pressure Ulcers in Connecticut Hospitals Goal of PSO Collaborative; Webber to Examine Role of Business Leaders in Healthcare Reform During January 29 Executive Summit;  more...
12/06/2007 Key Legislative Committees Hold Meeting on State's Fiscal Future; Legislative Committees Hold Informational Forum on Charter Oak Plan; Congressman Murphy Hosts Mental Health Roundtable in Connecticut; Governor Rell Calls For Special Senate Election on Tuesday, January 15, 2008; General Assembly Adjourns Current Session on Bonding; Program Provides Medicare Updates; Norman Ornstein To Keynote CHA's 2008 Healthcare Executive Summit;  more...
11/29/2007 Subcommittees of the Governor's Hospital Task Force Focus on Refining Recommendations; CHA Submits Comments on Proposed Payment Requirements for Behavioral Health Partnership; Statewide Primary Care Access Authority Holds Second Meeting; Second of Four-Part Series on Creating a Positive Work Environment; CHA Program Examines Wage and Hour Law; CHA Hosts Landmark Symposium on Pressure Ulcers;  more...
11/15/2007 Governor's Hospital System Strategic Task Force Holds Public Hearing On Draft Recommendations; CHA Presents Data to The Task Force Subcommittee on Workforce Issues; Senator DeLuca (R-Woodbury) Resigns From The Senate; HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Holds Second Meeting; CHA Launches Educational Series on Creating a Positive Work Environment; Strengthening Relationships Between Patients and Caregivers Focus of November 27 Program;  more...
11/08/2007 Implementation of RAC Program Delayed for Connecticut Hospitals; Financial Structure Subcommittee of Hospital Task Force Prepares Recommendations For Public Hearing; Healthcare Symposium Examines the Future of Healthcare in Connecticut; Final Medicare OPPS Rule Includes Important Changes Sought by CHA; Analysis and Education Focus of CHA Program on Medicare Wage Index; 2008 CHA Leadership Education Programs; Annual NEHA Trustee Conference in December;  more...
11/01/2007 Financial Structure Subcommittee of Hospital System Task Force Begins Formulating Recommendations; Workforce Issues Subcommittee of Hospital System Task Force Considers Staff Retention; CHA Offers Comment on Recovery Audit Contractor Proposal; State Legislature Convenes For Special Session Vote on Redrafted Bond Bill; Norwalk Hospital Undertakes Major Energy Conservation Project; CHA Program Examines Improving and Sustaining Patient and Employee Satisfaction; SPECIAL FEATURE - Profile on Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams;  more...
10/25/2007 Hospital System Strategic Task Force Subcommittees Begin to Draft Recommendations; CHA Hosts Record-Breaking Nursing Leadership Forum; Connecticut Hospitals Continued to Lose Ground in FY 2006; Statewide Primary Care Access Authority Holds First Meeting; Survey Reports Older Physicians Opting Out Of Patient Care;  more...
10/18/2007 CHA Presents Critical Data To The Governor's Hospital System Strategic Task Force and Subcommittees; SCHIP Veto Override Fails; HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Holds First Meeting; CHA Offers Medicare Severity DRGs (MS-DRGs) Program; CHA Insurance Services, John Hancock Offer Discounted Group Rates on Long-Term Care Insurance; Network of Care Website Launched by State;  more...
10/11/2007 Workforce Subcommittee of Governor's Task Force Reviews On-Call; Issues Governor Vetoes Bond Bill; Perillo Elected to Connecticut State House of Representatives; New Study Highlights Impact of Chronic Conditions on Working America; Mark Your Calendar for the November 16 Pressure Ulcer Symposium; Be Sure to Check Out CHA's October Webinars;  more...
10/04/2007 President Signs Bill Easing IPPS Cuts; Bush Vetoes SCHIP; Governor Rell Continues Her Support of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Joins Legal Challenge Against New Restrictive Federal Rules; All Connecticut Hospitals to Receive Full Medicare Payment Update; Tamper-Resistant Medicaid Prescriptions – Implementation Delayed by Congressional Action; CHA Nursing Leadership Forum To Be Held in Two Weeks; Free Registration to PSO Members for Communications Tools and Strategies Program on October 11, 2007;  more...
09/27/2007 U.S. House and Senate Form Tentative Agreement Easing IPPS Cuts; SCHIP Passes U.S. House; Presidential Veto Anticipated; State Health Plan is Focus of System Wide Utilization and Planning Subcommittee; Connecticut House and Senate Meet Briefly in Special Session; Yale-New Haven Hospital Named One of 100 Best Companies for Working Mothers; CHA Program to Focus on Cultivating Leadership Skills;  more...
09/20/2007 CHA Urges Equity in Medicare Payments for Connecticut Hospitals; Senator Lieberman Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Healthcare; Governor Rell Urges Congressional Support for SCHIP; Financial Structure Subcommittee Examining Hospital Cost Drivers; Gianelli Joins CHA as Director, Communications and Public Affairs;  more...
09/13/2007 Governor's Hospital Task Force and Subcommittees Continue Meeting on Aggressive Schedule; CHA Comments on OPPS Proposed Rule; Managing Performance Through Coaching;  more...
09/06/2007 Governor's Task Force Subcommittee on Workforce Issues Convenes; Regulations Review Committee Rejects Proposed OHCA Financial Regulations; Financing Agreement Approved for Windham Community Memorial Hospital; Hartford Regional Lead Treatment Center Selected as Finalist for 2007 NOVA Award; CHA Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Initiative Program Approved for Continuing Education Units; Barbara Braden to Keynote CHA Pressure Ulcer Symposium; Learn to Sharpen Your Presentation Skills;  more...
08/23/2007 Patient Safety Improvement Corps Team Formed in CT;General Assembly Expected To Return for Special Session; Schedule Set for Governor's Hospital Task Force; Mark Your Calendar for CHA Premier Educ ation Programs – P rograms Devoted to Critical Issues for Healthcare Leaders; CHA Insurance Services, John Hancock Offer Discounted Group Rates on Long-Term Care Insurance; CHA Offers Competency of Staff: A Major Component of Patient Safety;  more...
08/16/2007 CHA Joins Governor Rell and the American Red Cross in Urgent Appeal for Increased Blood Donation;McCooey Joins CHA as Director of Patient Care Regulation; Stem Cell Research Committee Requests Proposals for Second Round of Grants; CHA Offers Hospital Revenue Cycle Management Program; Hot Issues and Cold Calculations;  more...
08/09/2007 Revision of State Hospital Regulation Nearing Completion; Governor's Hospital Task Force Holds First Meeting; House and Senate Approve SCHIP Expansions; National Nursing Expert Beth Ulrich to Keynote CHA's 2007 Nursing Leadership Forum;  more...
08/02/2007 CMS Releases Inpatient PPS Final Rule: Good News, Bad News for CT Hospitals; House of Representatives Approves Children’s Health Bill; Joint Commission Appoints New President; Grissler Named E & Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 in the Metro New York Area; CHA Offers Live Teleconference on Best Practices for Managing Absenteeism; Save the Date for the 2007 CHA Nursing Leadership Forum;  more...
07/26/2007 An in-depth interview with U.S. Senator Christopher J. Dodd ; Governor Announces Appointments to Hospital Task Force;  more...
07/19/2007 Congresswoman DeLauro Leads the Calls for Reauthorizing the State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP); CHA Welcomes New Trustees; CHA Thanks Legislators For Making Hospitals and Patients a Priority This Session; Connecticut Hospitals Achieve National Recognition; CHA Offers Live Teleconference on Best Practices for Managing Absenteeism;  more...
07/12/2007 CHA Urges House Ways and Means Committee to Address Medicare Inequities Impacting CT Hospitals; OHCA Brief Shows Connecticut Hospitals Lost Ground in 2006; Behavioral Health Partnership Adopts Authorization Guidelines for Home Health Aides; St. Vincent’s Medical Center Celebrates Groundbreaking; Hartford Hospital Receives NCI Grant; CHA Offers Live Two-Part Teleconference on Life Safety Code and Utility Systems;  more...
06/28/2007 Biennial Budget Increases Hospital Funding; CHA Welcomes New Vice President, Quality and Safety; CHA Annual Meeting Highlights Hospitals as Community Cornerstones; Keynote Speaker Doris Kearns Goodwin Shares Passion for History;  more...
06/14/2007 Legislators Herald Healthcare Reform Bill; CHA Comments on IPPS Proposed Rule for 2008; CHA Annual Meeting Preview – Still Time to Register; Update Publication Schedule; CHA Insurance Services, John Hancock Offer Discounted Group Rates on Long-Term Care Insurance; CHA Offers Live Webinar on Risk Assessment;  more...
06/07/2007 Healthcare Reform Bill Passes, Regular Session Ends, Budget Negotiations Continue; Pugh to Receive 2007 T. Stewart Hamilton Award; CHA Issues Report on Medicaid; Program Informs Members on Trends in Quality Performance Measurement; DPH Hospital Oversight Update; Healthcare Heroes Essay Contest Winning Entries Available On CHA's Website; CHA’s 89th Annual Meeting;  more...
05/31/2007 Connecticut Hospital Advocacy Efforts Continue As Legislative Session Nears End; CHA Announces Healthcare Heroes Essay Contest Winners Hospitals Recognized For Environmental Excellence; CHA Insurance Services, MetLife Offer Benefits Solutions to CHA Members;CHA Offers Teleconference on Informed Consent;  more...
05/24/2007 Bridgeport Hospital, St. Vincent's Medical Center to Receive CHA Annual Awards; IPPS Update; Legislature Overrides Governor's Veto; Senate Recommits Bill Extending the Statute of Limitations For Minors; Johnson Memorial Hospital Celebrates New Emergency Department; Registration Deadline Extended for Education Program on Grant Writing – Sign Up Today!;  more...
05/17/2007 CHA Publishes Healthcare Workforce Report; CHA, Partners To Participate In National Quality Assessment Initiative; HAI Committee Reports Recommendations; Meehan Named 2007 Grassroots Champion; Lyons Receives Torch of Liberty Award;Hospital-Based Palliative Care Consortium Offers Free Program; Register Now For PSO Sessions on Quality Performance Measures;  more...
05/10/2007 Connecticut Hospital Contingent Attends AHA Annual Meeting, Meets With Congressional Delegation; Hospitals, Nurses Celebrated This Week; CHA Publishes 2007 Vacancy Rates; CMS Implements Voluntary Physician Quality Reporting System; Save The Date: PSO Program on Quality Performance Measures Next Month;  more...
05/03/2007 New Coalition Releases Consensus Principles for Health Reform; CHA, New England Alliance Urge Congress to Support State Children's Health Insurance Programs; Celebration of Nurses at Capitol Next Wednesday; CHA Offers Program on Creating the Customer-Focused Organization;  more...
04/26/2007 House Republicans Present Alternative Budget; Governor Declares Cover the Uninsured Week; ChimeData Fact Sheet on Emergency Department Utilization Underscores Need to Improve Primary Care Access;Deadline Approaches for Annual Awards, Essay Contest; Sponsorship Opportunities Available For 2007 CHA Annual Meeting;  more...
04/19/2007 Governor Announces Formation of Hospital Task Force; Tax Bill Passes; IPPS Proposed Rule Released; Fourth Annual Trade Show Draws Hundreds; Deadline Approaches for Annual Awards, Essay Contest; CHA To Offer Program On ED Coding and Billing;  more...
04/12/2007 Appropriations Committee Budget Released; Governor Promotes Awareness of ‘Safe Havens' Law; A Salute to Connecticut's Emergency Credentialing Program, Medical Reserve Corps Volunteers; Reminder: Healthcare 2007 Trade Show This Monday, April 16, 2007; Don’t Miss the CHA 2007 Corporate Compliance Conference;  more...
04/05/2007 Waterbury Hospital Begins Pilot Testing Video Interpreter Service; Governor Rell Names New Insurance Commissioner; TEIC User Group Discusses Changes in Data Submission Process; CHA Seeks Entries for Annual Awards, Essay Contest;  more...
03/29/2007 Congressman Murphy Meets With CHA Hospital Executives; Doris Kearns Goodwin to Keynote at CHA Annual Meeting; Three Connecticut Hospitals Named To Solucient “Top 100” List"; CHA Hosts Advanced CBISA Training;  more...
03/22/2007 Strong Turnout for “Hospital Day at the Capitol”; Human Services Committee Approves CHA's Full Medicaid Reimbursement Bill; Annual Awards Process to Begin in Early April; AHRQ Issues Guidance for Responding to Mass Casualty Events; Don’t Miss CHA’s 2007 Healthcare Trade Show; Register Now for CHA’s Coaching and Mentoring Training Program; Corporate Compliance Conference Coming Soon;  more...
03/15/2007 Medicaid Funding Front and Center In CHA Advocacy Efforts; Provider Tax Deleted from Insurance Bill; Connecticut Hospitals Participating in National Door-to-Balloon Program; Hospital of Saint Raphael Honored for 100 Years of Service; Hospital Day at the Capitol Next Week; Save the Date: Corporate Compliance Conference;  more...
03/09/2007 Special Update - 2007 CHA Patient Safety Summit;  more...
03/08/2007 CHA, Hospitals Deliver Medicare/Medicaid Message to Washington; CHA, Hospitals Oppose Provider Tax; CHA Hospital Day at the Capitol Planning Continues; Keys To Success, Happiness in Healthcare Job Offered at CHA Healthcare Trade Show;  more...
03/01/2007 CHA, Hospitals Testify on Funding of Hospital Care; New CHA Report Highlights Economic Impact of Hospitals; Human Resources Forum A Success; New System To Enhance CHA HR Metrics Data Collection; Still Time to Register for 2007 Patient Safety Summit;  more...
02/22/2007 Governor Meets With CHA Executive Committee; CHA, Hospitals Testify on State Budget Bill; Congressman Murphy Opposes Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid; Smart Moves Forum Kicks Off Statewide Campaign;  more...
02/15/2007 CHA, Hospitals to Testify on State Budget Bill Tomorrow; CHA Testifies on Need for Legislation To Address Healthcare Workforce Shortage; Bridgeport Hospital Expands Emergency Department; National Patient Safety Awareness Week, March 4–10, 2007; Connecticut To Host 2007 Regional Minority Health Conference; VNA Seeks Nightingale Award Nominations; Eisenberg Award Nominations Being Accepted;  more...
02/08/2007 State, Federal Budgets Proposed; OHCA Explains Changes in Hospital Financial Filing Process; Pacowta Honored by Waterbury Hospital for Longstanding Service; Hospital Day at the Capitol To Focus on Community Caring and Need for Increased Medicaid Funding; CHA Website Highlights “What's New” in Advocacy; 2007 Patient Safety Summit Next Month;  more...
02/01/2007 House Speaker Amann Hears Unified Message From Hospital CEOs, CHA; Hospitals, CHA Testify on Healthcare Reform; New Milford Hospital Board Elects New CEO at Annual Meeting; Smart Moves Collaborative Partners to Host Forum on Safe Patient Handling; Transforming Organizational Culture Topic at Upcoming Human Resources Forum;  more...
01/25/2007 State Senate Democrats Unveil Health Plan, Including Medicaid Rate Increase; OHCA Report Confirms Need For More Hospital Funding; Bush Healthcare Proposals Have Major Implications for the Healthcare Safety Net; New ChimeData Fact Sheet on APR DRGs;  more...
01/18/2007 CHA, Hospitals Call on Legislature to Make Healthcare Investments a Priority; Hospitals Must Be Paid What It Costs to Provide Care CHA Healthcare Executive Summit Approved for Continuing Education Credit; Save the Date: Healthcare 2007 Trade Show; Modern Healthcare Editor to Keynote 2007 CHA Human Resources Forum;  more...
01/11/2007 Hospitals Begin Advocacy Meetings With Legislators; MedPAC Recommends Full Market Basket Update; CT Hospitals Unlikely to See Full Increase; ChimeNet, YNHH Roll Out Video Interpreter Service Griffin Hospital Makes Eighth Straight Appearance on Fortune Top Employers List; Healthcare Executive Summit to Feature Presentation by Credit Suisse;  more...
01/04/2007 2007 Legislative Session Begins; Governor Rell Announces Healthcare Proposal; Grants Approved to Improve Hospital Infectious Disease Incident Preparedness; Leadership Transition at AHA; CHA Presentations on ED Overcrowding Now Online; Relationship Building to Influence Public Policy Among Topics at Upcoming Executive Summit;  more...