2010 Update Archives

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

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12/16/2010 Connecticut Hospitals Celebrate the Season; Two CHA Collaboratives Wrap Up 2010; Governor-Elect Malloy Taps Senator Andrew McDonald for Legal Post; OPM Secretary-Designee Ben Barnes Names Senior Staff; Senator-Elect Blumenthal Hires Chief Of Staff; Attorney General-Elect George Jepsen Names His Second-in-Command; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
12/09/2010 Governor-Elect Transition Team Establishes Working Groups and Begins National Search for DSS Commissioner; Joint Commission Standards Revisions and Updates Discussed at CHA; Study Shows US Improving Patient Safety; Census Data Reveal Increase in Uninsured During Recession; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
12/02/2010 CHA Kicks Off New Patient Safety Program To Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections; CHA Joins Others Asking CMS To Intervene With the Department of Social Services Regarding MCO Rate Changes; Malloy Nominates Connecticut Supreme Court Justice Joette Katz to Lead the Department of Children and Families; Merritt Hawkins Releases Report on Impact of Healthcare Reform on Physicians; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
11/18/2010 CHA 2011 Legislative Agenda Approved by Board of Trustees; Smoke-Free Hospital Campus Initiative A Success; UConn Health Center Goes Smoke-Free To Mark the Great American Smokeout; Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative: Approaching the Halfway Point and Looking Ahead; Upcoming CHA Education Programs; Update Hiatus for Thanksgiving;  more...
11/11/2010 Third Learning Session of Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative: Connecticut's Hospitals Leading the Way; AHRQ Awards Funds To Expand Fight Against Healthcare-Associated Infections; CHA Comments on DCP Proposed Regulations on Sterile Compounding Pharmacies; Election Results Finalized for General Assembly Races; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
11/04/2010 State and Federal Election Wrap-Up; Jeannette DeJesús Joins CHA as Vice President, Strategic Initiatives; Harlan Krumholz, MD, Is Keynote Speaker at CHA's Upcoming Conference on Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions; Connecticut Physician Gives Tips on "Surviving the Emergency Room"; US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Offers Resources for Free Spanish-Language Patient Education; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
10/28/2010 Hospital Leaders and Staff Honored by CNA for Outstanding Contributions; Tough Economic Times Bring Challenges for Hospital Fundraising; Election Season: Room at the Top for a New Governor; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
10/21/2010 Nurse Leadership Forum Inspires, Educates, and Entertains on the Subject of Diversity and Inclusion; CHA Works with DPH on Key Patient Safety Initiatives; Third Learning Session for the Reducing HF Readmissions Collaborative Takes Shape; CT Awarded $396,000 for Consumer Education on Healthcare Reform; Election Season: Race for the Attorney General's Office; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
10/14/2010 Hospital Leaders Meet with Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Malloy; Hospitals and DPH Collaborate on Emergency Preparedness; Election Season: Who's Running for Secretary of State, Treasurer, Comptroller; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
10/07/2010 Certificate of Need Policies and Procedures Became Effective October 1; Stop BSI Project Expands to Include Stop CAUTI; Readmission Collaborative: Transitioning Patients Across the Continuum; Stop BSI Collaborative Learns About “Walking the Process"; Congressional Races Offer Interesting Contrasts; CHART Hosts “The Big Picture of Health Reform” on October 14; Coaching Skills Enhance Critical Thinking; Other Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
09/30/2010 Census Estimates Reveal Trends on Connecticut's Uninsured—and Challenges for Hospitals; Healthcare Reform—Round One: Meaningful Use Discussed at CHA; The Race to Replace Christopher Dodd in the Senate; Quinnipiac Poll Shows Races Tightening; Survey on Physician Recruiting Incentives for 2010 Available; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
09/23/2010 CHA Goes To Washington To Discuss Next Steps on Pension Reform; Charlotte Hungerford Hospital Participates in Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare Project; Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center Recognized with Platinum Innovation Award; Today's Six Month Anniversary of Healthcare Reform Passage Is Significant; Congressmen in 1st and 2nd Districts Facing Newcomer Challenges; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
09/16/2010 State Legislature Likely To See Changes Next Year; Falls Collaborative Learns About Pediatric Falls Prevention; Statewide Collection of Prescription and OTC Meds To Be Held September 25 Around State; Chad Wable Named "Up and Coming" By Modern Healthcare; Recruitment Call for the National Stop BSI Program; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
09/09/2010 Republican Senatorial Candidate Linda McMahon Visits CHA; Readmissions Collaborative Discusses Importance of Handoff Communications; CHA Sends Comments to DPH on Health Information Technology Exchange Plans; Profile: Nursing in Afghanistan Combines Burkas and Patient Safety; Emily Hoffman and Crucial Conversations: A Win-Win Professionally and Personally; Upcoming CHA Education Programs;  more...
08/19/2010 House Meets and Overrides Governor's Veto of Campaign Finance Program; Hospitals and CHA Meet with HHS Regional Administrator; Third Learning Session for Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative to Feature Dr. Harlan Krumholz; Readmissions Collaborative Learns Importance of Daily Goals from Stop BSI Expert; September 2010 CHA Education Programs;  more...
08/12/2010 U.S. Senate and House Pass Six-Month FMAP Extension; Party Primaries Held Across the State; Transition to Healthcare Reform Role Brings New Challenges for Cristine Vogel; DSS Receives Federal Matching Funds for Developing Medicaid HIT Plan; September 2010 CHA Education Programs;  more...
08/05/2010 Campaign Finance Law Amended; Governor Vetoes; Senate Overrides; William Jennings Appointed Bridgeport Hospital’s New President & Chief Executive Officer; DPH Holds Hearing on Certificate of Need Policies and Procedures; Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Awarded Safe Lifting Leadership Award; State Budget Surplus Projection Better Than Expected; Connecticut in Top Ten with Lowest Percentage of Uninsured Residents; CDC Issues Advisory on Influenza A Activity; By Popular Demand: Crucial Conversations Program at CHA in September; September 2010 CHA Education Programs Announced;  more...
07/29/2010 Department of Public Health Conducts Hearings on CON Policies and Procedures; Peter Pronovost, MD, Discusses Interdisciplinary Communications at Waterbury Hospital Grand Rounds; By Popular Demand: Crucial Conversations Training at CHA in September; September 2010 CHA Education Programs Announced;  more...
07/22/2010 CHA Works Toward Implementing New Source of Funding for Electronic Health Records; Dr. Peter Hayward Joins CHA Data Services Team; DPH to Hold Hearing on Proposed CON Policies and Procedures on July 29; September 2010 CHA Education Programs Announced;  more...
07/15/2010 CMS and ONC Release Final Rules for Electronic Health Record Standards; CMS and ONC Release Final Rules for Electronic Health Record Standards; State Congressional Delegation Signs “Dear Colleague” Letters to CMS; Reducing Heart Failure Readmission Collaborative Teams Joined by HRET Author; Third Learning Session for Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative to be Held on November 8, 2010; Yale-New Haven Hospital Named One of the Top Hospitals in the Nation by U.S. News & World Report; DPH to Hold Hearing on Proposed CON Policies and Procedures on July 29;  more...
07/08/2010 CHA’s 92nd Annual Meeting Ushers in a New Era with New Challenges; Governor Rell Signs Adverse Events Bill at St. Vincent’s Medical Center; CHA Submits Comments to DPH on Draft Health Information Technology Exchange Plan; CHA Holds Second Annual “STOP BSI” Learning Session;  more...
06/24/2010 Yale-New Haven Hospital and Stamford Hospital to Receive CHA Annual Awards; SAGA State Plan Amendment Approved; HHS Secretary Announces Connecticut First in Nation to Expand Medicaid Coverage to Low-Income Adults under the Affordable Care Act; Peggy Noonan to Share Lessons in Leadership at Annual Meeting; CHA’s Annual Meeting and Vendor Fair – Wednesday, June 30, 2010; General Assembly Meets in Veto and Special Sessions; Enacts Authorizing Language for Medicaid HIT Incentive Payments; CHA Holds New Media Panel; Update Publication Schedule;  more...
06/17/2010 Governor Issues Vetoes; CHA and Hospital Representatives Discuss Urban Medicare-Dependent Hospitals with Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation; 2010 CHA Board of Trustees Slate of Candidates Announced; CHA Announces Healthcare Heroes Contest Winners; Falls Collaborative Teams Report Progress in Quarterly Call; CHA’s Annual Meeting and Vendor Fair – Wednesday, June 30, 2010; CHA to Host Medical Records Law on Tuesday, June 22, 2010; Workforce Compliance Update—Preparing for New Risks and Financial Exposure to be Held at CHA on Thursday, June 24, 2010;;  more...
06/10/2010 Readmissions Collaborative Holds Second Learning Session; 2010 CHA Incoming Chairman and Vice Chairman Nominee Announced; General Assembly to Meet in Special Session; 2010 Legislative Highlights; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program Back by Popular Demand; CHA to Host Medical Records Law on Tuesday, June 22, 2010; Workforce Compliance Update—Preparing for New Risks and Financial Exposure to be Held at CHA on Thursday, June 24, 2010; CHA’s Annual Meeting – Wednesday, June 30, 2010;  more...
06/03/2010 Collaborative Hears About New Research on Preventing Heart Failure Readmissions; CDC Releases First State-Specific Summary Data Report on HAI; State Comptroller Projects Connecticut Will End Fiscal Year with a Surplus; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program Back by Popular Demand; CHA to Host Medical Records Lawon Tuesday, June 22, 2010; Workforce Compliance Update—Preparing for New Risks and Financial Exposureto be Held at CHA on Thursday, June 24, 2010; CHA’s Annual Meeting – Wednesday, June 30, 2010;  more...
05/27/2010 Political Parties Hold Nominating Conventions; 2010 Legislative Session Highlight: An Act Concerning The University of Connecticut Health Center’s Facilities Plan; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Concludes; CHA to Host Leaping from Staff to Management: You’re a Manager. Now What? on Tuesday, June 1, 2010; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program Back by Popular Demand; CHA to Host Medical Records Law on Tuesday, June 22, 2010; Workforce Compliance Update—Preparing for New Risks and Financial Exposure to be Held at CHA on Thursday, June 24, 2010; CHA’s Annual Meeting – Wednesday, June 30, 2010;  more...
05/20/2010 Congressman Murphy Requests Information on Electronic Health Record Systems Loan Programs; 2010 Legislative Session Highlights; CHA Hosts Information Session for Supplier Diversity Program; Two Connecticut Hospitals Recognized as 2010 Environmental Excellence Winners; Cohort 4 of On the CUSP: Stop BSI to Launch July 8, 2010; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy’s Final Session to be Held Tuesday, May 25, 2010; CHA to Host Leaping from Staff to Management: You’re a Manager. Now What? on Tuesday, June 1, 2010; CHA Nurse Preceptorship Program Back by Popular Demand; CHA to Host Medical Records Law on Tuesday, June 22, 2010; Workforce Compliance Update—Preparing for New Risks and Financial Exposure to be Held at CHA on Thursday, June 24, 2010;  more...
05/13/2010 Governor Rell Appoints New Office of Policy and Management Secretary; CHA-Backed Adverse Events Bill Sent to the Governor; Medical Malpractice Mediation Program Established; CHA Recognizes National Hospital Week; The William W. Backus Hospital Receives Beacon Award for Critical Care Excellence; CHA and Qualidigm Host 2nd Learning Session for Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy’s Final Session to be Held Tuesday, May 25, 2010; CHA to Host Leaping from Staff to Management: You’re a Manager. Now What? on Tuesday, June 1, 2010;  more...
05/06/2010 2010 Legislative Session Ends; No Cuts to Hospital Funding; CHA Urges Congressional Delegation Support for FMAP Increase Extension; Senator Lieberman Offers Support for Electronic Health Record Loan Program; Nightingale Galas Honor Nurses Across the State; CHA Annual Meeting Awards Nominations Due May 12; CHA to Host Control Charts—A Proven Tool in Quality Improvement Monday, May 10, 2010; CHA Nurse Preceptor Program Back by Popular Demand; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy’s Final Session to be Held Tuesday, May 25, 2010;  more...
04/29/2010 Legislative Session in Final Stretch; Governor Proposes Securitization Plan; Connecticut Hospital Contingent Meets with Congressional Delegation; ECHN President & CEO Peter Karl Receives National Grassroots Champion Award; Peggy Noonan to Deliver Keynote Address at CHA Annual Meeting; CDC-Funded Breastfeeding Initiative to Assist Hospitals; CHA Annual Meeting Awards Nominations Due May 12; CHA to Host Control Charts—A Proven Tool in Quality Improvement Monday, May 10, 2010; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy’s Final Session to be Held Tuesday, May 25, 2010;  more...
04/22/2010 John Tobin, Waterbury Hospital’s President/CEO, to Retire; General Assembly Meets as End of Session Nears; Health Care Reform Cabinet Established; CHA Nursing Workplace Environment Assessment Presented at National Nursing Leadership Conference; CHA, Heart Center of Greater Waterbury, Receive American Lung Association’s Breath of Life Award; CHA Hosts Fourth Session of Nurse Manager Leadership Academy; CHA to Host Improving Surgical Safety on Tuesday, April 27, 2010; CHA to Host Control Charts—A Proven Tool in Quality Improvement on Monday, May 10, 2010; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy’s Final Session to be Held on Tuesday, May 25, 2010;  more...
04/15/2010 Governor Signs Compromise Deficit Mitigation Plan; Governor Rell Announces Submission of a State Plan Amendment Moving SAGA into Medicaid; CHA Addresses Business Economists on Impact of Recession on Healthcare; CHA Annual Meeting Award Information Available; CHA to Host 2010 Corporate Compliance Conference on Tuesday, April 20, 2010; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Sessions Continue Throughout Spring at CHA; CHA to Host Improving Surgical Safety on Tuesday, April 27, 2010; Still Time to Register for The Art and Science of Effective Decision Making to be Held at CHA on Wednesday, April 28, 2010;  more...
04/08/2010 Finance Committee Approves Hospital Tax; House of Representatives Met April 7; No Action on Hospital-Related Bills; Windham Hospital Opens Women’s Health Center; Connecticut NAACP’s Second Annual “Great Debate” Held Before a Sold-Out Crowd; CHA to Host 2010 Corporate Compliance Conference on Tuesday, April 20, 2010; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Sessions Continue Throughout Spring at CHA; CHA to Host Improving Surgical Safety on Tuesday, April 27, 2010; The Art and Science of Effective Decision Making to be Held at CHA on Wednesday, April 28, 2010;  more...
04/01/2010 Legislative Action Continues on State Budget; Hospital Tax Risk Remains High; Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Foley Visits CHA; Members of Congress Visit Connecticut Hospitals to Discuss New Healthcare Reform Law; Connecticut Hospitals Continue to Work to “Stop BSI”; CHA Hosts Two-Session Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Module; CHA to Host 2010 Corporate Compliance Conference on Tuesday, April 20, 2010; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Sessions Continue Throughout Spring at CHA;  more...
03/25/2010 National Healthcare Reform Enacted; Appropriations Committee Approves Budget with 5.5% Hospital Tax; Hospitals Unified in Opposition; CHA Testifies on Judiciary Committee Bills; CHA Joins with the MATCH Coalition to Support Smoking Cessation Therapies; CHA Hosts First Session of Nurse Manager Leadership Academy; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Sessions Continue Throughout Spring at CHA; CHA to Host 2010 Corporate Compliance Conference on Tuesday, April 20, 2010;  more...
03/18/2010 CHA’s 8th Annual Patient Safety Summit Features Nationally Recognized Speakers Addressing Quality Care and Patient Safety; University of Connecticut Health Center’s Facilities Plan Moves Forward at Capitol; CHA Testifies in Opposition to Proposals for Taxing Hospital Beds; Legislative Activity Continues on Bills of Interest to Hospitals; CHA to Host Nurse Manager Leadership Academy; CHA to Host Advanced Concepts for Experienced Nurse Preceptors on Thursday, March 25, 2010;CHA to Host 2010 Corporate Compliance Conference on Tuesday, April 20, 2010;  more...
03/11/2010 Appropriations Committee Questions Secretary Genuario on Governor’s Hospital Tax; Hospitals Unite in Testifying Against Proposed Budget Cuts; CHA Testifies Before Human Services Committee; Public Health Committee to Hold Hearing on Bills of Interest to the Healthcare Provider Community; Clarence Silvia Named President and CEO of The Hospital of Central Connecticut; HITECH—Meaningful Use: What’s In It For Connecticut Hospitals?to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, March 16, 2010; CHA to Host Nurse Manager Leadership Academy Session One: Creating the Leader in Yourself on Tuesday, March 23, 2010; CHA to Host Advanced Concepts for Experienced Nurse Preceptors on Thursday, March 25, 2010;  more...
03/04/2010 Hospitals Make Strong Showing in Opposition to Adverse Events Reporting Bill; Governor Issues FY 2010 Deficit Mitigation Plan; Includes Cuts to Hospitals and Imposes Hospital “User Fee”; Key Committees Hold Public Hearings; CHA Provides Testimony on Hospital-Backed Bills; Connecticut Business Community Voices Support For CHA’s Priorities; CHA Hosts Smart Moves Forum on Safe Patient Handling; CHA to Host 2010 Patient Safety Summit on Friday, March 12, 2010; HITECH—Meaningful Use: What’s In It For Connecticut Hospitals? to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, March 16, 2010; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy 2010 Dates Announced; CHA to Host Advanced Concepts for Experienced Nurse Preceptors on Thursday, March 25, 2010;  more...
02/25/2010 Middlesex Hospital President and CEO Robert G. Kiely To Retire; CHA Provides Testimony to Key Committees; House and Senate Meet in Session; Public Health Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Adverse Events Bill on Monday; Legislators Consider New Process for Determination of Scope of Practice for Healthcare Professions; Getting to the Heart of Conflict—Skills for Healthy Conflict Management to be Held at CHA on the Rescheduled Date of Tuesday, March 9, 2010; CHA to Host 2010 Patient Safety Summit on Friday, March 12, 2010; HITECH—Meaningful Use: What’s In It For Connecticut Hospitals? to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, March 16, 2010; Nurse Manager Leadership Academy 2010 Dates Announced;  more...
02/18/2010 SAGA, Electronic Health Records Among Concepts Raised for Further Legislative Consideration; CHA Testifies on a Variety of Hospital-Related Bills; Nearly 200 Connecticut Healthcare Providers Gather to Address Hospital Readmissions for Patients with Heart Failure; Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute Inaugurated at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center; CHA to Hold HIPAA Privacy: Rules of the Road on Tuesday, February 23, 2010; 2010 Smart Moves Forum on Safe Patient Handling to be Held at CHA on Friday, February 26, 2010; CHA to Host 2010 Patient Safety Summit on Friday, March 12, 2010;  more...
02/11/2010 CHA and Member Hospitals Present Testimony on the Governor’s FY 2011 Budget Adjustments; Middlesex Hospital Uses Disaster Training to Respond Quickly and Effectively to Sunday’s Middletown Explosion; CHA Provides Testimony Before Medical Inefficiency Committee; Middlesex Hospital Receives Prestigious Magnet Recognition for Third Consecutive Time; Medical Supply Donations Sought for Haiti’s Children of the Promise Orphanage; Getting to the Heart of Conflict—Skills for Healthy Conflict Management to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, February 16, 2010; CHA to Hold HIPAA Privacy: Rules of the Road on Tuesday, February 23, 2010; CHA to Host Optimizing Point-of-Service Revenue on Wednesday, February 24, 2010; 2010 Smart Moves Forum on Safe Patient Handling to be Held at CHA on Friday, February 26, 2010;  more...
02/04/2010 General Assembly Convenes for 2010 Session; Appropriations Committee Holds Hearing on DSS Budget; Hospital Leaders Focus on Emergency Preparedness; Patient Safety Leadership Fellowship Applications Due February 15, 2010; Getting to the Heart of Conflict—Skills for Healthy Conflict Management to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, February 16, 2010; CHA to Hold HIPAA Privacy: Rules of the Road on Tuesday, February 23, 2010; CHA to Host 2010 Patient Safety Summit on Friday, March 12, 2010;  more...
01/28/2010 CHA, Congressional Delegation Discuss Electronic Health Records Loan Fund; 2010 Legislative Session to Begin Next Week; CHA and Eastern Connecticut Health Network Urge Congress to Provide Pension Funding Relief; Connecticut Hospitals Contribute to Haiti Relief; Rockville General Hospital Welcomes Senator Dodd; Tune In - CHA Delivers Hospital Message on Friday's Ray Dunaway Radio Show; 2010 CHA Healthcare Executive Summit, Featuring Ron Galloway, Offers a Look into the Future of Healthcare; Emergency Preparedness —Standards of Care During Prolonged Health Emergencies to be Held at CHA on Thursday, February 4, 2010; Getting to the Heart of Conflict—Skills for Healthy Conflict Management to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, February 16, 2010; CHA to Host 2010 Patient Safety Summit on Friday, March 12, 2010;  more...
01/21/2010 Hearing Conducted on Cedarcrest Hospital Closing; Hospital of Central Connecticut CEO Larry Tanner Postpones Retirement; The Joint Commission’s Annual Report on Quality and Safety Shows Improvements; 2010 CHA Healthcare Executive Summit Features Ron Galloway, the Geisinger Health System, and the Advisory Board on Tuesday, January 26, 2010; Emergency Preparedness —Standards of Care During Prolonged Health Emergencies to be Held at CHA on Thursday, February 4, 2010; CHA to Host Symposium on Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions on Friday, February 12, 2010; Getting to the Heart of Conflict—Skills for Healthy Conflict Management to be Held at CHA on Tuesday, February 16, 2010; Save the Date: CHA’s 92nd Annual Meeting;  more...
01/14/2010 General Assembly Meets, Takes No Action on Governor s Veto of Budget Bills; Project Update On the CUSP: StopBSI; 2010 CHA Healthcare Executive Summit Features Ron Galloway, the Geisinger Health System, and the Advisory Board on Tuesday, January 26, 2010; Smart Moves Forum Returns to CHA on February 26, 2010; Haitian Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help; CHA to Host Changes in CPT/HCPCS for 2010 on Monday, January 25, 2010; CHA to Host Quality Improvement Through Data Analysis on Thursday, January 28, 2010; Emergency Preparedness Standards of Care During Prolonged Health Emergencies to be Held at CHA on Thursday, February 4, 2010;  more...
01/07/2010 U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd Won’t Seek Reelection; Governor Rell Assembles Panel to Review Federal Healthcare Reform; 2010 Healthcare Executive Summit; Changes in CPT/HCPCS for 2010; Quality Improvement Through Data Analysis; Emergency Preparedness — Standards of Care During Prolonged Health Emergencies;  more...