2008 Update Archives

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

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12/18/2008 Governor Announces Second FY 09 Budget Deficit Mitigation Plan; Some Medicaid Reductions, No Cuts to Medicaid Rates or DSH Payments to Hospitals; House Republicans Announce Leadership Team; HealthFirst Connecticut and Primary Care Access Authorities Meet To Review Draft Recommendations; Congressman Murphy Appointed to the House U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee; Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule for 2009 – Monday, January 12, 2009; 2009 CHA Healthcare Executive Summit - Quality and Patient Safety for the Senior Leader – Wednesday, January 14, 2009; DNV: A New Alternative for Hospital Accreditation – Thursday, January 15, 2009;  more...
12/11/2008 House Leadership Positions Filled by the Speaker-Elect; American College of Emergency Physicians Releases its National Report Card on the State of Emergency Medicine; Connecticut Ranks 14th; Report Confirms Impact of Cost Shifting Caused by Low Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement; Protecting Patient Information: Connecticut Public Act 08-167 and Federal “Red Flag” Regulations – Tuesday, December 16, 2008; Preparing Your Organization for the ICD-10 Transition: The Road Ahead – Thursday, December 18, 2008; Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule for 2009 – Monday, January 12, 2009;  more...
12/04/2008 Connecticut Hospitals Launch Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Initiative; Waterbury Hospital First in State to Offer Free HIV Testing During an Emergency Department Visit; CHA Accepted to the Health Research and Educational Trust’s STOP BSI Project; ChimeNet Achieves Advanced Wireless LAN Specialization from Cisco; Quality for Clinical Managers: Laying the Foundation – Friday, December 12, 2008 - Exceptional Value at $49!; Protecting Patient Information: Connecticut Public Act 08-167 and Federal “Red Flag” Regulations – Tuesday, December 16, 2008; Preparing Your Organization for the ICD-10 Transition: The Road Ahead – Thursday, December 18, 2008;  more...
11/20/2008 Budget Deficits the Focus of Legislative Hearings; Representative Larson Elected Chairman of Democratic Caucus; Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments - CHA Regulatory Series - Workplace Issues; Stark Regulations - New Developments and Practical Applications; Quality for Clinical Managers: Laying the Foundation;  more...
11/13/2008 State House and Senate Caucuses Elect Leaders; No Surprises; Governor Rell and Congressman Courtney Call for Additional Medicaid Funding; Governor Rell Pushes for an Increase in Medicaid Reimbursement; 2009 Joint Commission Standards and National Patient Safety Goals Update - Thursday, November 20, 2008; American with Disabilities Act Amendments - CHA Regulatory Series - Workplace Issues - Tuesday, December 2, 2008; Quality for Clinical Managers: Laying the Foundation – Friday, December 12, 2008;;  more...
11/06/2008 Federal and State Election Result; Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Initiative Conference Call Held; 2009 Joint Commission Standards and National Patient Safety Goals Update - Thursday, November 20, 2008; American with Disabilities Act Amendments - CHA Regulatory Series - Workplace Issues - Tuesday, December 2, 2008; Stark Regulations - New Developments and Practical Applications -Tuesday, December 9, 2008;  more...
10/23/2008 Governor Rell Delays HUSKY Transition; Governor Announces FY 09 Budget Deficit Mitigation Plan; No Cuts to Medicaid Rates or DSH Payments to Hospitals; AHA Holds Member Call on the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Program; 2009 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule for 2009 Program a Success; Wage and Hour Law Review on Friday, November 7, 2008 and Tuesday, November 18, 2008; Stark Regulations - New Developments and Practical Applications on Tuesday, December 9, 2008;  more...
10/16/2008 Democratic Leaders Promote Expanded Access to Health Insurance Coverage; House and Senate Republicans Call for Spending Cuts to Fix $300 Million Deficit; CHA Launches New Website; First Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Initiative Conference Call Held; Save the Date – Ethical Requirements for Lobbying on Thursday, November 6, 2008; 2008 Nurse Leadership Forum; Wage and Hour Law Review;  more...
10/09/2008 HealthFirst Connecticut Public Hearings Draw To an End; Senator Dodd Co-Sponsors Preserving Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act of 2008; Alison Hong, M.D., Quality and Patient Safety Expert, Joins CHA; CHA to Launch New Website; Secretary of the State Launches Multimedia Campaign to Educate Voters on New Voting Machines; 2008 Nurse Leadership Forum; Wage and Hour Law Review;  more...
10/02/2008 U.S. Senate Legislation Introduced Addressing Rural Floor Provision; Congressman Christopher Shays Faces Democratic Challenger Jim Himes in the 4th Congressional District; Congressman Christopher Murphy Faces Republican Challenger State Senator David Cappiello in the 5th District; Governor Rell Orders Additional Rescissions; Hospital Funding Not Impacted; Hospital-Associated Infections Program a Success; Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule for 2009 on Wednesday, October 22; 2008 Nurse Leadership Forum on Thursday, October 23;  more...
09/25/2008 Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Initiative Kick Off Event Big Success; First-Term Incumbent Joe Courtney Challenged By Sean Sullivan; Rosa Delauro Challenged By Bo Itshaky; Hospital Leaders Testify at HealthFirst Connecticut Public Hearings; MRSA Reduction Plan Requirements and Joint Commission Healthcare-Acquired Infections Update; Save the Dates: Outpatient Medicare Payment and Coding Updates for 2009;  more...
09/18/2008 Campaigns Kick into High Gear in Connecticut; The 1st Congressional District; CMS Moves RAC Implementation Date for Connecticut; MRSA Reduction Plan Requirements and Joint Commission Healthcare-Acquired Infections Update;  more...
09/11/2008 Governor Rell Commends eHealthConnecticut on Federal Recognition; CDC Launches MRSA Prevention Campaign; St. Francis and Freedom Calls Foundation Introduces Newborn to Iraq-Based Dad; Hospital-Acquired Conditions – What CMS Policy Means for Connecticut Hospitals; Save the Date: Nurse Leadership Forum; Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Initiative Kicks Off This Month;  more...
09/04/2008 CHA Comments on CMS Proposals Regarding Partial Hospitalization; HealthFirst and Statewide Primary Care Access Authorities Announce Public Hearings; New Census Data on the Uninsured in Connecticut; Stand Up 2 Cancer; CHA Launches Critical Review of Medical Literature Series; Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Initiative Kicks Off This Month; Hospital-Acquired Conditions? What CMS Policy Means for Connecticut Hospitals;  more...
08/14/2008 Party Primaries Held Across the State; State-wide Primary Care Access Authority Meets; CMS Holds Special Listening Session on Electronic Prescribing; National and State Emergency Department Utilization Increases; Save the Date: Connecticut's Statewide Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Kick-Off; Update Publication Schedule;  more...
08/07/2008 Urgent Appeal for Blood Donors Announced By American Red Cross Connecticut Blood Services Region; IRS Expected to Release Final Instructions for Form 990, Schedule H; Jim Conway to Speak as Part of CHA's Quality Institute; Quality and Patient Safety for the Senior Leader;  more...
07/31/2008 Senate Leaders Join Hospital Community In Promoting New Infection Control Law; CHA Provides HealthFirst Connecticut Authority with Crucial Data; Appropriations Committee Receives Briefing on the Impact of the Governor's Rescissions to Health and Human Services Programs; Save the Date!;  more...
07/24/2008 State to End Fiscal Year With A Surplus; Connecticut Hospitals Recognized for Excellence; Save the Date!;  more...
07/10/2008 OPM Secretary Genuario Addresses Governor's Budget Recissions, Warns of Tough Times Ahead; CMS Releases the Proposed Medicare Outpatient Rule for CY 2009; Governor Opens Applications for Charter Oak Health Plan; HealthLeaders Media Recognizes Griffin Hospital Management Team; Save the Dates!;  more...
06/26/2008 Employee Wage Bills Overridden By The General Assembly; Governor Orders Agencies to Make Budget Cuts; Members of Congress Oppose CMS's IPPS Proposed Rule; CHA Provides Insight at 17th Annual Shaw Management Symposium; Update Publication Schedule;  more...
06/19/2008 CHA Annual Meeting Celebrates 90 Years Helping Hospitals Care for Communities; Connecticut Congressional Delegation, CHA, and Hospital Leaders Meet with CMS; CHA Welcomes New Director, Education and Sponsorship Services; Healthcare Budgeting and Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers; Current Medicare Billing Issues;  more...
06/12/2008 State Legislative Special Session Addresses Energy Issues, Deficiency Spending Bill; CHA Comments on IPPS Proposed Rule for 2009; Nurse Staffing Bill Signed into Law by Governor Rell; LAN Offers Interpretation Coverage Solutions; CHA Education Finds Patron in TIAA-CREF; Healthcare Budgeting and Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers; Current Medicare Billing Issues; CHA Annual Meeting Preview – Still Time to Register;  more...
06/05/2008 Robert G. Kiely to Receive 2008 T. Stewart Hamilton Award; CHA Applauds Connecticut Congressional Delegation Opposition to Medicare Funding Cuts; General Assembly To Convene Special Session; Healthcare Opinion Leader Forum Held In Hartford; Senate Democrat Leaders Celebrate the First Anniversary of HUSKY; CHA Announces Healthcare Heroes Essay Contest Winners; Building Healthy Collaborative Workgroups; Healthcare Budgeting and Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers; Current Medicare Billing Issues;  more...
05/29/2008 Attorney General Blumenthal Issues Opinion on Pooling Bill; The William W. Backus Hospital, Windham Community Memorial Hospital to Receive CHA Annual Awards; Children's Healthcare Rated State-by-State; Leaping from Staff to Management: The Next Steps; CONNSACS Sexual Assault Program to be hosted by CHA; Building Healthy Collaborative Workgroups; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
05/22/2008 Hospitals Participate in CMS Open Forum Call on IPPS Proposed FY09 Rule; Administration Delays Medicaid IGT, CPE, GME Rules Another 60 Days; FY 09 Deficit Increases: Governor Rell Takes Steps to Control State Spending; CMS Launches Advertising Campaign to Promote Hospital Compare; Connecticut Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations Receive 2008 Environmental Excellence Awards; Leaping from Staff to Management: The Next Steps; CONNSACS Sexual Assault Program to be hosted by CHA; Building Healthy Collaborative Workgroups; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
05/15/2008 CHA-backed letter opposes “August 17 Directive"; CHA to Meet with State's Congressional Delegation on Rural Floor Wage Index Reform; CHA Member Briefing on CMS Interpretive Guidelines; New Program from the Quality and Patient Safety Training Institute; Leaping from Staff to Management: The Next Steps; Building Healthy Collaborative Workgroups; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
05/08/2008 2008 Legislative Session Ends Speaker James Amann Relinquishes Leadership; Senate Panel Launches Hearings on Health Reform; CHA's Quality and Patient Safety Training Kicks Off; Quality 101 – The Basics; Essentials for the ED – Compliance, Coding, and Regulatory Updates for Physicians, Nurses, and Managers; Building Healthy Collaborative Workgroups; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
05/01/2008 New Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Uncertain; Senate Finance Committee Considers Value-Based Purchasing; CHA Offers New Employee Benefits Package for Members; Seventh Annual Corporate Compliance Conference a Success; Achieving Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety Approved for 21.5 CE Hours; Labor Relations Management Basics; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
04/24/2008 Fiscal Year 2009 Budget Projections Announced, Surplus Shrinks; Connecticut House Speaker James Amann Announces Retirement; Reminder: CHA's 2008 Annual Awards Nominations Due; Experts Respond to Commonwealth Fund/“Modern Healthcare” HealthCare Opinion Leaders Survey; Joint Commission Report Released; The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Releases New Medicare Conditions for Coverage; IDEAL Outpatient Coding Model: The Essence of Compliance; Achieving Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety Approved for 21.5 CE Hours; Labor Relations Management Basics; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
04/17/2008 CMS Issues 2009 Inpatient Proposed Rule - Promises Cuts for Connecticut; Connecticut House Passes CHA-Supported MRSA Bill; HealthFirst Connecticut Workgroup Hears Presentation on Disease Management and Medical Homes; 2008 Corporate Compliance Conference; Achieving Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety; Labor Relations Management Basics; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
04/10/2008 Connecticut Hospitals Attend AHA Annual Meeting, Meet With Congressional Delegation; Robert Trefry Recognized as Grassroots Champion; Pressure Ulcer Collaborative Holds Second Learning Session; 2008 Corporate Compliance Conference; Coach, Challenge, Lead: Develop an Indispensable Management Team; IDEAL Outpatient Coding Model: The Essence of Compliance; CHA Offers Curriculum for Quality Improvement/Patient Safety Professionals;  more...
04/03/2008 CHA Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Develops and Strengthens Leadership Skills; This Week at the Capitol; Discount on MRSA Reagent Tests Available Through CHA; CHA Holds HIPAA Security Member Briefing; Human Resources and Workforce Planning for a Potential Bird Flu Pandemic -A Live Webinar; Connecticut Building Codes and Regulations for Healthcare Facilities; 2008 Corporate Compliance Conference; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
03/27/2008 Appropriations Committee Approves Proposed Budget; Judiciary Committee Reaches Reporting Deadline; Annual Healthcare Performance Data By State Released; Pressure Ulcer Collaborative Activity Gains Momentum; Middlesex Hospital Opens New Emergency Department and Receives Prestigious Honor; Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Workplace; Coaching and Mentoring: A Training Program for New Managers and Supervisors; CPT Coding Basic and CPT Coding Advanced; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
03/20/2008 Public Health and Human Services Committees Reach Reporting Deadline; CASE Reports On The Future Of The UCONN Health Center; Tamper-Resistant Prescription Pads Discount Available Through CHA Agreement; Hospitals Receive ENERGY STAR Designation; Member Briefing on HIPAA Security: Five Years Later – Compliance Enforcement Begins; Stopping Sexual Harassment in the Workplace; Coaching and Mentoring: A Training Program for New Managers and Supervisors; 2008 Corporate Compliance Conference; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
03/13/2008 CHA Testifies On Numerous Healthcare Bills; Governor Rell: Proposed Medicaid Regulations Would Harm State Budget; 2008 CHA Patient Safety Summit a Success; CHA to Host Nurse Manager Leadership Academy 2008; Member Briefing on HIPAA Security: Five Years Later – Compliance Enforcement Begins; 2008 Corporate Compliance Conference; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
03/06/2008 CHA Testifies On A Number Of Hospital-Related Bills; Congressional Delegation Supports Connecticut Hospitals; CHA Hosts Member Reception at HIMSS; CHA to Host Nurse Manager Leadership Academy 2008; Managing Multiple Priorities: Surviving When You Feel Overwhelmed;  more...
02/28/2008 CHA and Senator Donald DeFronzo Discuss Bonding Recommendations; Medicaid/SAGA Coalition Meets with Representative Denise Merrill; State-wide Primary Care Access Authority Meets; Governor Rell Launches Colon Cancer Education Initiative; CHA Participates in Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System Advisory Board Meeting; HHS Proposes New Patient Safety Regulation; HR Professionals Attend CHA's Human Resources Forum; New Member Benefit!; A. Blanton Godfrey to Present March 7 at Patient Safety Summit; Save the Date!;  more...
02/21/2008 HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Sets 2008 Activities Timeline; General Assembly Sessions Commence; CHA and Rep. Denise Merrill Discuss Medicaid and SAGA Funding Needs; Dear Colleague Letter Opposing Presidents Bush's Proposed Hospital Cuts Circulates on Capitol Hill; Smart Moves Presents Forum on Safe Patient Handling; Reminder: CHA 13th Annual Human Resources Forum; J. Bryan Sexton to Present March 7 at Patient Safety Summit; Managing Multiple Priorities: Surviving When You Feel Overwhelmed;  more...
02/14/2008 CHA Advancing Hospital Priorities in Hartford and Washington, D.C.; Legislative Leaders Concerned About Slow Implementation of New Provider Rates; Committees Meet to Raise Bills; Shays Unveils Plan for Universal Health Care; Medicaid Managed Care Council Provides HUSKY Updates; CHA 13th Annual Human Resources Forum; The APC Challenge Factor: Orthopedic Ambulatory Surgery; Chargemaster: Beyond the Basics;  more...
02/07/2008 2008 Session of the Connecticut General Assembly Begins; President's Budget Proposal Cuts $200 Billion From Medicare and Medicaid; Connecticut Hospitals Launch Initiatives to Prevent and Control Multiple Drug-Resistant Organisms; Lucian Leape to Keynote March 7 Patient Safety Summit;  more...
01/31/2008 CHA Advancing Hospital Priorities in Hartford and Washington, D.C.; CHA Releases 2008 Legislative Agenda; President Bush Continues to Call for Medicare Cuts in State of the Union Address; Quality, Access, and Safety Workgroup of HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Holds First Meeting; More Than 100 Attend CHA Healthcare Executive Summit; CHA 13th Annual Human Resources Forum; 2008 Smart Moves Annual Forum on Safe Patient Handling;  more...
01/24/2008 Hospital Hardship Funds Awarded to Eight Connecticut Hospitals; HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Workgroup Holds First Meeting; Department of Public Health Releases Diabetes Plan for Connecticut; HUSKY Update and Governor's Task Force Report Focus of State-wide Primary Care Access Authority; Ninth Year for Griffin Hospital on FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” List; State Senate and House Pass Criminal Justice Reform in Special Session; Save the Date - CHA Sixth Annual Patient Safety Summit;  more...
01/17/2008 CHA Presents Testimony Highlighting Hospitals $12 Billion Contribution to the Economy; Governor Issues Final Task Force Report; HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Reviews Urban Institute Report; Robert Kane Fills Open Senate Seat; Save the Date: CHA 13th Annual Human Resources Forum; Panel to Examine Healthcare Issues and Presidential Candidate Proposals;  more...
01/10/2008 Second Healthcare Symposium Held In Hartford; National Experts to Present at January 29 CHA Executive Summit; AHA Launches National Health Reform Campaign; Survey Shows Impact of Aging Physicians;  more...