2009 Update Archives

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

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12/17/2009 General Assembly Meets in Special Session; CHA Receives Federal Patient Safety Organization Designation; Federal Legislation Passed for Establishment of a Nursing Program at Northwestern Connecticut Community College; Senator Mary Ann Handley Announces She Will Not Seek Reelection; Connecticut Hospitals Celebrate the Holiday Season; Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule – 2010; Leaping from Staff to Management: The Next Steps; Changes in CPT/HCPCS for 2010;  more...
12/10/2009 Hospital Leaders Speak in Opposition to Medicaid Cuts at Deficit Mitigation Hearing; Connecticut Among States Expanding Access to Healthcare in 2009; CHA to Host Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule – 2010 on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 and Changes in CPT/HCPCS for 2010 on Monday, January 25, 2010; Save the Date: CHA’s 2010 Healthcare Executive Summit;  more...
12/03/2009 Governor Unveils FY 2010 Deficit Mitigation Plan; Cuts to Medicaid Rates and Urban DHS Proposed; CHA Opposes Funding Reductions; CHA and the NAACP Urge Congressional Delegation to Support Provisions in Healthcare Reform Bills Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities; CHA Hosts Nearly 100 Participants for HIPAA Boot Camp; The Joint Commission Medical Staff Standards: FPPE/OPPE Compliance to be Held at CHA on Wednesday, December 9, 2009; Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Final Rule – 2010 to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, January 5, 2010;  more...
11/19/2009 Governor’s Health Care Reform Advisory Board Meets; Hospital Campuses Go “Smoke-Free” During the Great American Smokeout; Crew Resource Management in Healthcare to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, December 1, 2009; CHA to Hold HIPAA Boot Camp on Wednesday, December 2, 2009; The Joint Commission Medical Staff Standards: FPPE/OPPE Compliance to be Held at CHA on Wednesday, December 9, 2009; CHA to Host Healthcare Employers in the Crosshairs: Is Your Organization Wage and Hour Compliant? on Wednesday, December 16, 2009;  more...
11/12/2009 Candidates Weighing Options as Rell Bows Out of 2010 Race; U.S. House Passes Healthcare Reform Bill; HHS Awards $17 Million for New National Initiative to Fight Healthcare-Associated Infections; FDA Commissioner Hamburg Comments on H1N1 Flu Vaccine; CHA to Host Leaping from Staff to Management: You’re a Manager. Now What? on Wednesday, November 18, 2009; Crew Resource Management in Healthcare on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 to be Held at CHA; CHA to Hold HIPAA Boot Camp on Wednesday, December 2, 2009; The Joint Commission Medical Staff Standards: FPPE/OPPE Compliance to be Held at CHA on Wednesday, December 9, 2009;  more...
11/05/2009 State Deficit Projected; Hospital CEOs Honored at Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame Ceremony; Republican Legislator Wins Mayoral Race in Stratford; St. Francis Hospital Celebrates Tower Construction Milestone; CHA to Host Applied Communication Tools for Achieving Quality and Patient Safety Excellence on Monday, November 9, 2009; From Difficult to Dynamic: Engaging Our Most Challenging Employees! to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, November 10, 2009; CHA to Host 2010 Joint Commission Standards and National Patient Safety Goals Updates on Thursday, November 12, 2009;  more...
10/29/2009 Deficit Projected by Budget Secretary Robert Genuario; OPM Notifies Agencies of Potential Cuts; State’s Bond Rating Downgraded; Quality Metrics That Matter: How Connecticut Hospitals Are Using the National Surgical Quality Improvement Project; Governor Rell Nominates Rehmer for DMHAS; CHA to Host Applied Communication Tools for Achieving Quality and Patient Safety Excellenceon Monday, November 9, 2009; From Difficult to Dynamic: Engaging Our Most Challenging Employees! to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, November 10, 2009; CHA to Host 2010 Joint Commission Standards and National Patient Safety Goals Updates on Thursday, November 12, 2009;  more...
10/22/2009 Yale-New Haven Hospital’s Smilow Cancer Hospital Opens; Brian Fillipo Named to National Quality Forum Panel; ChimeNet Thrives in Education/Municipal Market; CHA’s Elizabeth Beaudin Receives Prestigious UConn Service Award; H1N1 Informational Forum to Be Held in Hartford; CHA to Offer Advance Directives: Understanding the Issues—Complying with the Law on Tuesday, October 27, 2009; CHA to Host Applied Communication Tools for Achieving Quality and Patient Safety Excellence on Monday, November 9, 2009; From Difficult to Dynamic: Engaging Our Most Challenging Employees! to be held at CHA on Tuesday, November 10, 2009; CHA to Host 2010 Joint Commission Standards and National Patient Safety Goals Updates on Thursday, November 12, 2009;  more...
10/15/2009 2009 Nurse Leadership Forum a Resounding Success; State Seeks $5 Million in Stimulus Funds to Increase Nursing, Healthcare Jobs; Laura Jordan Joins CHA as Vice President, Patient Care Regulation and General Counsel; CHA to Host HITECH-HIPAA: New Enforcement Rules on Thursday, October 22, 2009; CHA to Offer Advance Directives: Understanding the Issues—Complying with the Law on Tuesday, October 27, 2009; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program to be held at CHA on Friday, November 6, 2009; CHA to Host Applied Communication Tools for Achieving Quality and Patient Safety Excellence on Monday, November 9, 2009;  more...
10/08/2009 General Assembly Completes Budget Process; Wyman Issues Budget Warning; Third Patient Falls Collaborative Learning a Success; CHA’s ChimeNet is Highlighted at CCM’s Annual Convention and Trade Show; CHA Hosts Senior Executive Boot Camp; CHA Featured on MidState’s Business Advisory Council Meeting Panel; CHA to Host HITECH-HIPAA: New Enforcement Rules on Thursday, October 22, 2009; CHA to Offer Advance Directives: Understanding the Issues—Complying with the Law on Tuesday, October 27, 2009; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program to be held at CHA on Friday, November 6, 2009;;  more...
10/01/2009 AHA President Visits CHA to Discuss Healthcare Reform; Lessons Learned: Lawrence & Memorial Hospital’s Emergency Response; General Assembly Meets − Budget Issues Still to Be Addressed; CHA Joins Effort Urging Congress to Address Pension Funding Issues; CHA to Offer Root Cause Analysis on Tuesday, October 6, 2009; CHA to Host HITECH-HIPAA: New Enforcement Rules on Thursday, October 22, 2009;  more...
09/24/2009 Wage Index Amendment Accepted in Chairman’s Mark; CHA’s Nursing Day of Sharing a Success; General Assembly Meets in Special Session; “National Falls Prevention Awareness Day” Press Conference Held at the Capitol; Reminder: Third Patient Falls Collaborative Learning Session to be Held at CHA; CHA to Host Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule for 2010 on Friday, October 2, 2009; CHA to Offer Root Cause Analysis on Tuesday, October 6, 2009;  more...
09/17/2009 Third Patient Falls Collaborative Learning Session to be Held at CHA; CHA Offers Regulatory Update on Wednesday, September 23, 2009; Addressing the Retirement Crisis: Hybrid Solutions for the 21st Century to be Offered on Wednesday, September 23, 2009; CHA to Host Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule for 2010 on Friday, October 2, 2009; CHA to Offer Root Cause Analysis on Tuesday, October 6, 2009;  more...
09/10/2009 State Budget Passed; Congressional Meetings Held In Hartford; Yale-New Haven Hospital Named One of the Top 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare; CHA Offers Regulatory Update on Wednesday, September 23, 2009; CHA Offers Addressing the Retirement Crisis: Hybrid Solutions for the 21st Century on Wednesday, September 23, 2009;  more...
08/20/2009 Democrats Schedule Special Session to Issue Bonds to Cover FY 09 Deficit and Fund School Construction; Congressman Courtney Visits The William W. Backus Hospital to Discuss Healthcare Reform; Laying the Quality Foundation on Wednesday, September 9, 2009; Addressing the Retirement Crisis: Hybrid Solutions for the 21st Century on Wednesday, September 23, 2009; Update Publication Schedule;  more...
08/13/2009 CHA and Hospital Leaders Advocate for Pension Relief; SustiNet Health Partnership Board of Directors Appointed; Laying the Quality Foundation on Wednesday, September 9, 2009; Addressing the Retirement Crisis: Hybrid Solutions for the 21st Century on Wednesday, September 23, 2009; 2009 Nurse Leadership Forum to Feature Tim Porter-O’Grady;  more...
08/06/2009 CMS Issues Final Rule to the Medicare Program’s Inpatient Prospective Payment System; Governor Rell and Democratic Leaders Meet Again on Budget Negotiations; Impressive Turn-Out for the Connecticut RAC Kick-Off at CHA; Addressing the Retirement Crisis: Hybrid Solutions for the 21st Century on Wednesday, September 23, 2009; 2009 Nurse Leadership Forum Keynote Speaker Announced;  more...
07/30/2009 Dodd and Larson Tour Manchester Memorial Hospital and Discuss Pension and Healthcare Reform Issues; Department of Public Health Unveils Online License Renewal; Delegation and CHA Work to Address CMS Interpretation; Legislature and Administration Agree on Budget Deficit Number of $8.56 billion; Appropriations and Finance Committees and Governor Rell Scheduled to Release New Budget Proposals; Governor Rell Expected to Release August Executive Order This Week; Comptroller Wyman Says a State Budget is Needed By September 1st;  more...
07/23/2009 SustiNet Health Plan Among Seven Bills Overridden by the General Assembly; Healthcare Pooling Bill Veto Sustained; Consensus Revenue Estimates Bill Overridden; Bill Requires Consensus Estimate in Five Days and New Budget Proposal in Ten Days; Governor Rell Prepares "Austere" Executive Order for August and List of State Assets to Sell; Connecticut Revises HIV Testing Consent Law;;  more...
07/16/2009 Legislators to Return for Veto Session; CHA Insurance Services Offers Comprehensive Disability Solutions to Physicians; Connecticut Hospitals Continue Effort to “STOP BSI”;  more...
07/09/2009 Governor Rell Vetoes SustiNet Health Plan and Pooling Bills; Anti-Smoking Advocates Celebrate Passage of Tobacco Control Legislation; Chief Nursing Officers Discuss Proposed Legislation with Congresswoman DeLauro’s Staff;  more...
07/02/2009 New Fiscal Year Begins Without Budget; Members of Congress Talk Healthcare Reform During July 4th Recess; ECHN Honored as a “Business Star” by Capital Workforce Partners;  more...
06/25/2009 CHA’s 91st Annual Meeting Highlights Commitment to Caring in Tough Economic Times; Second Patient Falls Collaborative Learning Session a Success;;  more...
06/18/2009 Democratic Leaders Deliver Message to Washington; Hartford Hospital’s J. Kevin Kinsella to Receive T. Stewart Hamilton Award; CHA Announces Healthcare Heroes Contest Winners; CHA Annual Meeting Preview – Still Time to Register;  more...
06/11/2009 Lawrence & Memorial Hospital to Receive Two CHA Annual Awards; CHA’s New Quality and Patient Safety Information Website Now Online; Connecticut Hospitals Work to “STOP BSI”; CHA Annual Meeting Preview;  more...
06/04/2009 Flurry of Activity During the Final Days of Session - No Budget Agreement Reached Between Legislative Leaders and the Governor - Special Session to be Held; Three Connecticut Hospitals Receive 2009 Environmental Excellence Awards; St. Vincent’s Medical Center Honored for Going Smoke-Free; Preventing Surgically Related Hospital-Acquired Conditions on Wednesday, June 10, 2009; Understanding Regulatory Risk and Managing Costs: Furloughs...FMLA Changes... Ledbetter Fair Pay Acton Thursday, June 11, 2009; CHA’s Annual Meeting;  more...
05/28/2009 Legislative Session Nears Its End; CHA’s Liz Beaudin Appears on CPTV’s Code Blue: Calling all Nurses Program; Preventing Surgically Related Hospital-Acquired Conditionson Wednesday, June 10, 2009; Understanding Regulatory Risk and Managing Costs: Furloughs...FMLA Changes... Ledbetter Fair Pay Act on Thursday, June 11, 2009; CHA’s Annual Meeting;  more...
05/21/2009 Legislative Activity in Hartford; Senator Dodd’s Listening Tour Stops at Griffin Hospital; Quality Improvement Through Data Analysis to be Held on Wednesday, May 27, 2009; Preventing Surgically Related Hospital-Acquired Conditions on Wednesday, June 10, 2009; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
05/14/2009 Legislative Activity in Hartford; Senator Dodd’s Listening Tour Stops at Griffin Hospital; Two-Day Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Module to be Presented in May – Managing the Business Module; Quality Improvement Through Data Analysis to be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2009; CHA's Annual Meeting;  more...
05/07/2009 Healthcare Reform Forum Held in Hartford; Legislative Activity in Hartford; Four Nightingale Galas Honor Nurses Across the State; Reminder: One Week Left for CHA’s 2009 Annual Awards Nominations; Two-Day Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Module to be Presented in May – Managing the Business Module; Quality Improvement Through Data Analysis to be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2009;  more...
04/30/2009 Legislative Activity in Hartford; HealthFirst Connecticut Authority Meets; Connecticut Hospital Contingent Attends AHA Annual Meeting, Meets with Congressional Delegation; Legislative Committees Hold Hearing on Swine Flu; Reminder: CHA’s 2009 Annual Awards Nominations Due; There’s Still Time to Register for Managing Disruptive Behavior; Two-Day Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Module to be Presented in May – Managing the Business Module; Quality Improvement Through Data Analysis to be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2009;  more...
04/23/2009 Chambers of Commerce Voice Opposition To Healthcare Insurance Pooling Bill; General Assembly Meets in Session; MidState Medical Center CEO Among Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare; CHA Hosts Eighth Annual Corporate Compliance Conference; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program To Be Held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 or Thursday, April 30, 2009; Managing Disruptive Behavior in the Workplace To Be Held on Tuesday, May 5, 2009;;  more...
04/16/2009 General Assembly Meets in Session; Key Legislative Committees Release Bills; Governor Rell Announces Plans For Additional Administrative Cuts; “On the CUSP: Stop BSI” Initiative Kicks Off at CHA; Quality for Clinical Managers Series Offers Two Programs on Tuesday, April 21; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program To Be Held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 or Thursday, April 30, 2009; Managing Disruptive Behavior in the Workplace To Be Held on Tuesday, May 5, 2009;  more...
04/09/2009 U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Holds Hartford Hearing on “Making the Economic Stimulus Work for Connecticut”; Budget Continues To Be the Focus In Hartford; House Meets in Session; CHA to Host 2009 Corporate Compliance Conference; Quality for Clinical Managers Series Offers Two Programs on Tuesday, April 21; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program To Be Held on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 or Thursday, April 30, 2009;  more...
04/02/2009 Appropriations and Finance Committees Release Their Budget and Tax Proposals; CHA Seeks Support for Hospitals in Series of Administration, Congressional Meetings; CHA Invited To Testify at U.S. Senate Committee Hearing in Hartford; Manion Returns for Nurse Manager Leadership Academy - Leading the People Module; CHA to Host 2009 Corporate Compliance Conference; Quality for Clinical Managers Series Offers Two Programs on Tuesday, April 21;  more...
03/26/2009 Public Health Committee Approaches Reporting Deadline; House Session Held On Wednesday; Special Election for 15th House District Seat Held; CHA Offers Popular Management Program Next Week – Space Still Available; Jo Manion Returns for Nurse Manager Leadership Academy - Leading the People Module; CHA to Host 2009 Corporate Compliance Conference;  more...
03/19/2009 Legislative Committees Continue Public Hearings and Release Bills; 2009 Patient Safety Summit Examines the Many Facets of Quality and Safety; CHA’s First “Go-Green” Forum a Success; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy; Process Improvement Tools to be Held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009; Leaping from Staff to Management: The Next Steps to be Held on Tuesday, March 31, 2009;  more...
03/12/2009 CEOs Bring Hospitals’ Message to Legislative Leaders; Legislative Committees Release Bills; Commission on Children Holds Informational Forum on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; CHA to Offer “Go-Green” Forum on Tuesday, March 17, 2009; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy; Process Improvement Tools to be Held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009; SAVE THE DATES – 2009 Corporate Compliance Conference and CHA’s Annual Meeting;  more...
03/05/2009 CHA Presents Testimony to Legislative Committee; CHA to Host Patient Safety Summit on Friday, March 13, 2009; Dodd to Hold Forum on Healthcare Reform; CHA to Offer “Go-Green” Forum on Tuesday, March 17, 2009; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy;  more...
02/26/2009 Human Services Committee Hears from Hospitals on Maximizing Federal Stimulus Funding; Insurance and Real Estate, Public Health, and Human Services Committees Hear Testimony During Joint Informational Hearing; CHA Presents Testimony To Legislative Committees; HealthFirst Authority Approves Final Report; 2009 Smart Moves Forum on Safe Patient Handling; CAUTION: Workplace Democracy at Risk - Tuesday, March 3, 2009; CHA Patient Safety Summit - Friday, March 13, 2009; “Go-Green” Forum - Tuesday, March 17, 2009;  more...
02/19/2009 Human Services Committee Hears from Hospitals on Maximizing Federal Stimulus Funding; Connecticut Hospitals Present Testimony on the Governor’s 2010-2011 Budget; Governor Releases Third Budget Mitigation Plan; Democrats Seek an Additional $2.8 Billion in Cuts by Early March; CHA Supports Nursing Bills Before the Higher Education and Employment Advancement Committee; Preventing Medical Errors: Human Factors Engineering – Friday, February 27, 2009; CAUTION: Workplace Democracy at Risk - Tuesday, March 3, 2009; CHA Patient Safety Summit - Friday, March 13, 2009; “Go-Green” Forum - Tuesday, March 17, 2009;  more...
02/12/2009 Connecticut Hospitals Provide Testimony to Legislative Committees; Appropriations Committee To Hold Public Hearing On DSS-Related Budget Items; Over 150 Participants Attend Launch of CHA’s Third PSO Collaborative; Applications Now Being Accepted for the 2009-2010 Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship; Human Resources Basics: Essentials for Every Healthcare Manager – Monday, February 23, 2009; Preventing Medical Errors: Human Factors Engineering – Friday, February 27, 2009; CHA Patient Safety Summit -Friday, March 13, 2009;  more...
02/05/2009 Governor M. Jodi Rell Releases Her FY 2010 & FY 2011 Proposed Biennial Budget; Obama Signs State Children’s Health Insurance Program Bill Into Law; Coalition Proposes New Revenues to Fill Budget Shortfall; State-Wide Primary Care Access Authority Receives Report on Primary Care Capacity; Dodd to Hold Forum on Preventive Healthcare; Changes in CPT/HCPCS for 2009 – Wednesday, February 11, 2009; Human Resources Basics: Essentials for Every Healthcare Manager – Monday, February 23, 2009; Human Factors Engineering – Friday, February 27, 2009;  more...
01/29/2009 Senator Dodd Convenes Healthcare Listening Tour; Key Legislative Committees Meet This Week to Raise Bills; ChimeNet Achieves Excellence Distinction from Cisco Systems; Transforming Organizations Through Lean Principles - Wednesday, February 4, 2009 and Thursday, February 5, 2009; Critical Review of Medical Literature - Friday, February 6, 2009; Symposium: Reducing Falls With Injury - Monday, February 9, 2009;  more...
01/22/2009 Current Fiscal Year Deficit Nearly $922 Million; Connecticut Prescriptions for Change Event; How to Sack the RAC Attack: Preparing For and Successfully Managing the Recovery Audit Contractor - Friday, January 30, 2009; Transforming Organizations Through Lean Principles - Wednesday, February 4, 2009 and Thursday, February 5, 2009; CHA Patient Safety Summit - Friday, March 13, 2009; CAUTION: Workplace Democracy at Risk - Wednesday, January 28, 2009, Tuesday, March 3, 2009, or Friday, May 15, 2009;  more...
01/15/2009 General Assembly Acts on Governor's Second Deficit Reduction Plan; CHA’s Healthcare Executive Summit a Success; AHA Reports on the Economic Contribution of Hospitals; Leaping from Staff to Management: You’re a Manager—Now What? - Thursday, January 22, 2009; How to Sack the RAC Attack: Preparing For and Successfully Managing the Recovery Audit Contractor - Friday, January 30, 2009; CAUTION: Workplace Democracy at Risk - Wednesday, January 28, 2009, Tuesday, March 3, 2009, or Friday, May 15, 2009;  more...
01/08/2009 2009 Regular Session Convenes; Bush Signs Pension Funding Relief Bill into Law; S&P Concludes Limited Relief “Only Postpones” Problems for Hospital Plans Hit Hard by Stock Market Slide; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Releases HAI Action Plan; CHA, Connecticut House Members Support Letter Requesting Economic Relief for Hospitals; 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...