2011 Update Archives

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

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12/15/2011 Connecticut Hospitals Facing Major Medicare and Medicaid Funding Cuts; State Medicaid Plan Amendment For Transition to ASO Addresses Key Hospital Concerns; Governor Malloy Names Mark Ojakian Chief of Staff; CHA Diversity Collaborative to Hold First Team Meeting on January 11, 2012; Education Updates; Update On Hiatus;  more...
12/08/2011 Readmissions Collaborative Focus of CHA Presentation to CT Association of Health Care Facilities; Veteran State Representatives Announce Retirements; State Work Group Formed to Integrate Care for Dual-Eligible Individuals; "On the CUSP: Stop CAUTI" Holds Second Call on CAUTI Prevention and Reporting Guidelines ;Education Updates;  more...
12/01/2011 Sharon Hospital Becomes CHA's Newest Acute Care Hospital Member; State Budget Update; Special Election to be Held January 10, 2012; GNEMSDC Opens New MBDA Center in Boston; Education Updates;  more...
11/17/2011 Connecticut Hospitals Launch Participation in the National Stop CAUTI Project; CHA Tells Connecticut Hospital Story Around the State; State Representative Timothy O'Brien Resigns - Special Election To be Held; U.S. Supreme Court to Hear PPACA Case; Education Updates;  more...
11/10/2011 Connecticut Hospital Leaders Hear From National Colleagues: Creating a Culture of Safety to Eliminate Harm Using High Reliability Science; Hospitals Provide Testimony and Recommendations Before Governor's Storm Panel; Fifth Learning Session of the Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative Held; Connecticut Municipal Election Results; Education Updates;  more...
11/03/2011 Bond Commission Approves Hospital-Related Bond Authorizations; CT Hospitals Join the National Stop CAUTI Project; Education Updates;  more...
10/27/2011 CHA Diversity Collaborative Successfully Launched at October 25 Kickoff Symposium; Governor Malloy to Sign Jobs Legislation This Evening; Connecticut Stop BSI Project Teams Celebrate Success, Stop CAUTI Initiative to Begin in November; Education Updates;  more...
10/20/2011 CHA Diversity Collaborative Kickoff Symposium to be Held Next Week ; CHA 2011 Nurse Leadership Forum a Success; Jobs Proposals Examined in Hartford in Anticipation of October 26 Legislative Special Session; Health Insurance Exchange Board Meets to Advance Agenda; Education Updates;  more...
10/14/2011 October 25 Kickoff Symposium Launches Innovative CHA Diversity Collaborative; GNEMSDC Business Expo Draws Hundreds; Health Insurance Exchange Board Begins CEO Recruitment Process; Education Updates;  more...
10/06/2011 CT Hospitals Meet with Congressional Delegation: No More Cuts to Hospital Funding; NAACP Chairman to Present Keynote Address at October 25 Kickoff of the CHA Diversity Collaborative; Backus Hospital Hosts Third Annual Multicultural Fair; Education Updates;  more...
09/29/2011 National Speakers Featured at CHA Diversity Collaborative on October 25; CT Hospitals Heading to Washington to Advocate: No More Cuts to Hospital Funding; GOP Leaders Release Jobs Proposal; Yale-New Haven Hospital and Hospital of Saint Raphael Sign Definitive Agreement For Potential Integration; October Business Opportunity Expo Focuses on Supplier Diversity and Minority Business Enterprises; Education Updates;  more...
09/22/2011 President Obama’s Deficit Plan Calls for $320 Billion in Medicare and Medicaid Cuts; Final Session Planned for Stop BSI Project Teams; CHA Joins On the Cusp: Stop CAUTI Initiative; CHA’s Frayne Presents at CBIA Business Roundtable; CHA to Launch Diversity Collaborative on October 25; October Business Opportunity Expo Focuses on Supplier Diversity and Minority Business Enterprises; Primary Care Access Authority Holds Its Final Meeting; Education Updates;  more...
09/15/2011 October Business Opportunity Expo Focuses on Supplier Diversity and Minority Business Enterprises; Stephen Larcen, PhD, Appointed Co-Chair of Medical Efficiency Advisory Committee; Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange Board of Directors Holds First Meeting; Connecticut Attorney General Creates Privacy Task Force; Joint Commission Releases Annual Report; Education Updates;  more...
09/08/2011 OHCA Releases Annual Report On Financial Health Of Connecticut’s Hospitals; Stop BSI Collaborative Reviews 12 Strategies To Achieve Zero Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections; Hospitals Invited To Join CHA’s Diversity Collaborative; Readmission Collaborative Discusses Post-Discharge Interventions; Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Discussing Strategic Alliance With The Westerly Hospital; Connecticut Hospitals Well Prepared For Hurricane Irene; Education Updates;  more...
08/25/2011 Governor Signs Declaration of Emergency; State Prepares for Hurricane Irene; CHA To Work On Safety With National Leader In Reliability Science; CHA To Kick Off Innovative Diversity Collaborative On October 25; The Waterbury Hospital and Saint Mary’s Hospital Announce Plans To Merge; Two Chosen From Saint Francis Hospital for Patient Safety Leadership Fellowships; IHI, CDC, and Avaris Concepts To Host Webinar on Healthcare Safety; Education Updates; Update Schedule for Augus;  more...
08/11/2011 Stephen Larcen Appointed Interim CEO of Windham Hospital; Richard Brvenik Leaving for North Carolina; CMS Releases Final 2012 IPPS Rule; Collaboration on Emergency Preparedness: Hospitals and DPH Plan For the Unexpected; Education Updates; Update Schedule for August;  more...
07/28/2011 CHA Chairman Appointed To AHA Board; Hartford Hospital Announces CEO Changes for Hospital and System; More Than 200 Representatives and 45 Senators Urging CMS to Lower Medicare Inpatient Coding Offset; Governor Malloy And Unions Reach A Clarified Union Concession Agreement; Reminder: Schedule H Project for Tax-Exempt Hospitals Reopened; Update Schedule for August;  more...
07/21/2011 CHA Participates in Business Roundtable with HHS Chief Technology Officer; CHA and OHCA Work On Legislation to Protect Confidentiality of Outpatient Data; Legislature Passes Bill Providing More Clarity on Handling Patients With Oxygen Needs; Unions Continue To Discuss Concessions As Layoffs Begin; No Change To Hospital Tax Planned; Update Schedule for August;  more...
07/14/2011 CMS Corrects CHA-Identified Errors in Proposed IPPS Rule, Returning $31 Million to Connecticut Hospitals; CHA Delegation Goes To Washington For AHA Advocacy Day; Legislature Expands Use of Standing Orders; Governor Signs Bill To Establish Connecticut's Health Insurance Exchange; Bill To Prohibit Most-Favored-Nation Clause; AHA Releases Survey on Drug Shortages; Connecticut Hospitals Working With Senator Blumenthal; Seven Connecticut Hospitals Recognized As "Most Wired" by AHA Publication; CHA Annual Meeting and Supplier Diversity Vendor Fair Photo Galleries;  more...
06/30/2011 CHA Reflects on Reform, Resilience, and Resolve at 93rd Annual Meeting; Governor Releases Recommendations to Close Budget Deficit; CHA Comments on Proposed IPPS Rule for 2012; Recruiting for the Stop CAUTI Project September Cohort; Update Publication Schedule;  more...
06/16/2011 Middlesex Hospital's Colleen Smith Awarded CHA's Distinguished Service Award; CHA Works with Congressional Delegation on Changes to CMS IPPS Proposed Rule; CHA Reports Progress On Commitment To Reduce Disparities and Increase Diversity; Donna Brazile To Keynote 93rd CHA Annual Meeting, June 23; Education Updates;  more...
06/09/2011 Norwalk Hospital and The William W. Backus Hospital To Receive CHA Annual Awards; 2011 CHA Board of Trustees Slate of Candidates Announced; General Assembly Adjourns 2011 Regular Session: Malloy Addresses Legislators; Recruiting for the Stop CAUTI Project; CHA's Annual Meeting and Supplier Diversity Vendor Fair - Thursday, June 23, 2011;  more...
06/02/2011 CHA Celebrates Connecticut's 2011 Healthcare Heroes; Yale-New Haven Hospital Attains Magnet Status; House Passes Healthcare Reform Legislation; Bioscience Connecticut Proposal Moves Forward in Legislature; Senate Passes Health Insurance Exchange; CHA Annual Meeting: Sponsorship Opportunities Still Available; Education Updates;  more...
05/26/2011 Medicaid HER Incentive Payment Program For Hospitals Announced; Implementer Bill Includes Hospital Tax; Details of Tax Still Not Decided; Malloy Administration Presents Bioscience Connecticut Proposal at Informational Hearing; CHA Annual Meeting To Include Supplier Diversity Vendor Fair, June 23; Helping Hospitals in the Midwest and South; Education Updates;  more...
05/19/2011 Budget: Agreement on Concessions Announced; Unions Discussing; Governor Announces Plans for University "Bioscience Connecticut"; Legislative Update: General Assembly Meets in Session; CHA and PeriGen Host "The Art and Science of Obstetrics Safety"; Having Fun Saying Goodbye; Education Updates;  more...
05/12/2011 Budget Developments: State Sued Over "Unbalanced Budget"; "Plan B" Released; Union-Backed Bills Advance in Legislature; Blumenthal Requests GAO Look Closely at Drug Shortages; Connecticut Celebrates Nursing with Nightingale Awards; CHA Annual Awards Presented at June 23 Annual Meeting; Education Updates;  more...
05/05/2011 Biennium Budget Passes Senate and House; Governor Signs Into Law; Other Hospital-Related Bills Continue To Work Through Legislature; Save the Date: June 23 for the CHA Annual Meeting; National Hospital Week Begins Sunday; CDC Report Calls for States To Do More To Fight Childhood Obesity; Education Updates;  more...
04/28/2011 Hospital CEOs Meet with Head of CMS; CHA Board Member Named Man of the Year; Save the Date: June 23 for the CHA Annual Meeting; Nomination Deadline for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award Extended to May 18; Education Updates;  more...
04/21/2011 Governor Malloy and Democratic Leaders Reach Budget Deal; Hospital Provider Tax Included; Eliminating Healthcare Disparities Focus of CHA-Saint Francis Hospital Conference; SustiNet Plan Moves Forward; Nomination Deadline for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award Extended to May 18; Education Updates;  more...
04/14/2011 On the National Scene: Connecticut Hospital Contingent Meets with Congressional Delegation; Yale-New Haven Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Marna Borgstrom Receives National Grassroots Champion Award; Governor Malloy Wraps Up Town Hall Meetings; CHA Annual Meeting; Awards Deadline is Monday, April 18; Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative Holds Fourth Learning Session; CHA To Co-Host Discussion of Health Disparities with Saint Francis Hospital; Education Updates;  more...
04/07/2011 As Governor Winds Down Listening Tour, Hospitals Continue In Efforts To Oppose Tax and Cuts in Proposed Budget; CHA's Patient Falls Collaborative Hosts Successful Learning Session; The Federal Budget Crisis: Implications for Healthcare and Connecticut; Waterbury Hospital Names Darlene Stromstad New President and CEO; Deadline Approaching for CHA Annual Meeting Awards Nominations; CHA To Co-Host Discussion of Health Disparities with Saint Francis Hospital; Education Updates;  more...
03/31/2011 Connecticut Hospitals Contribute $17.6 Billion to State and Local Economies; CHA Kicks Off Campaign to Protect Connecticut's Hospitals; Greenwich Hospital Packs the Auditorium for Governor's Town Hall Meeting; Donna Brazile To Address 93rd CHA Annual Meeting; DPH Releases Hospital-Specific CLABSI Reports Showing Positive Trends; Public Health and Judiciary Committees Release Bills; Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative Schedules Learning Session; Education Updates;  more...
03/24/2011 Hospitals Continue In Efforts To Oppose Tax and Cuts in Proposed Budget; CHA Provides Testimony on Public Health Committee Bills; MacArthur Fellow and Expert in Older Adult Fall Prevention To Be Keynote Speaker for Patient Falls Collaborative Learning Session; CHA Annual Meeting Awards Nominations Due April 18; One-Year Anniversary of PPACA Noted by Connecticut Lawmakers; Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs to Hold Conference Call; Education Updates;  more...
03/17/2011 Governor Malloy Meets with Hospital Leaders at CHA; CHA Patient Safety Summit Focuses on Patient-Driven Leadership; Patient Falls Collaborative To Hold Fourth Learning Session; Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions Schedules Learning Session; CHA Provides Testimony in Hartford This Week; Governor’s Town Hall Meeting Schedule Revised; How To Help Japan; Database Tracks PPACA-related State Legislation; Education Updates;  more...
03/10/2011 Hospitals Leaders Testify on Impact of Budget Cuts at Appropriations Committee Hearing; State Comptroller Kevin Lembo Meets with CHA's Committee on Government; Public Health Committee Releases CHA-Proposed Bill; New Commissioner of Department of Social Services Appointed; Connecticut Business Day Features Session on Labor and Healthcare; Hope Dispensary of Greater Bridgeport Opens; Education Updates;  more...
03/03/2011 Hospitals to Testify at Appropriations Committee Hearing Tomorrow; Hospitals Encouraged to Attend Governor's Town Hall Meetings; CHA Meets with Congressman John Larson and CMS Innovation Director on Readmission Demonstration Proposal; Patient Safety Awareness Week/ CHA Holds Patient Safety Summit; CHA Testifies on Bills Before the Judiciary, Public Health, and Planning and Development Committees.; Senator Theresa Gerratana Named Senate Public Health Chairwoman; Education Updates;  more...
02/24/2011 CHA and Connecticut's Hospitals Get the Message Out: Proposed State Budget Hurts Hospitals and Communities; Public Health Committee Holds Public Hearing; CHA Provides Testimony on Four Legislative Proposals; CHA Hosts 2011 Smart Moves Forum on Safe Patient Handling; Special Elections Held; Republicans Pick Up One Senate and One House Seat; Save the Date: CHA's Patient Safety Summit, Friday, March 11, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Education Updates;  more...
02/17/2011 Governor Releases FY 2012-2013 "Shared Sacrifice" Biennium Budget; Hospital Tax Imposed and Uncompensated Care and Urban DSH Pools Eliminated; Governor Malloy To Hold Series of Town Hall Meetings Across Connecticut; Task Force Reports Findings On Transfer of Medicaid Patients to Long Term Care Facilities; CHA's Readmissions Collaborative Hears from The Joint Commission About Core and Advanced Certification programs; CHA's 2011 Smart Moves Forum on Patient Safety Handling To Be Held February 22; Education Updates;  more...
02/10/2011 Plans Announced To Move Medicaid to ASO; CHA Offers Medicaid Solutions to Ease Budget Crisis; Attorney General George Jepsen Meets With CHA Committee on Government; Legislative Committees Hold Public Hearings: CHA Provides Testimony On CON, Captive Audience, and ID Badges; Governor Malloy Previews Budget―Consolidates Department Of Energy & Environmental Protection Agencies and Higher Education Boards; Save the Date for CHA's Patient Safety Summit, March 11; CHA's 2011 Smart Moves Forum on Safe Patient Handling To Be Held February 22; Education Updates;  more...
02/03/2011 Judiciary Committee Adds Medical Malpractice Issues To Agenda; Florida Judge Rules Against Piece of Healthcare Reform Act; Senate Rejects Repeal; Connecticut Scores in Top Ten in Providing Healthcare for Children; Save the Date for CHA’s Patient Safety Summit, March 11; Education Updates;  more...
01/27/2011 CHA's 2011 Executive Summit Focuses On Healthcare Reform and Accountable Care Organizations; CHA Submits Certificate of Need Comment Letter; Governor Provides Glimpse of Budget Plan: No Early Retirement Plan, No Borrowing for Operating Expenses, and No Spending Increase; Large Cuts Expected; President Also Provides Hints of Budget Plan: Reductions in Medicare and Medicaid Spending; SkillSurvey's Reference Assessment Tool Enhances Hiring; Education Updates;  more...
01/20/2011 CHA and The William W. Backus Hospital Host Sessions on Treating Psychiatric Patients in the ED; US House of Representatives Votes to Repeal Healthcare Reform; Governor Malloy Responds; Readmissions Collaborative Hears About “Heart Failure Navigator” Role; Hearings Held on Commissioner Nominees; CHA to Host 2011 Healthcare Executive Summit on Health Reform on January 26; Education Updates;  more...
01/13/2011 Governor's Transition Policy Working Groups Issue Final Report and Recommendations—Good News: Hospital DRG Reimbursement System; Bad News: Expanded Provider Tax; National Stop BSI Participants Encouraged to Engage Hospital Leadership; Connecticut Hospitals Announce Early Adoption of Health IT; New Requirements Become Effective for Visitation Privileges; CHA to Host 2011 Executive Summit on Healthcare Reform on January 26; Education Updates;  more...
01/06/2011 2011 Legislative Session Convenes; CHA Vice President Jeannette DeJesús Tapped As Special Healthcare Advisor; CHA to Host 2011 Executive Summit on Healthcare Reform on January 26; Deadline Extended for Joining CHA’s New Patient Safety Program To Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections; Education Updates;  more...