2012 Update Archives

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

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12/20/2012 Happy Holidays From the Connecticut Hospital Association; Hospital Funding Cut During Special Session; Connecticut Health Council Launches; Hospitals Care for Communities in Wake of Shooting; ;  more...
12/13/2012 Education Updates; State Health Insurance Exchange Approved; Connecticut Quality and Safety Work Highlighted; OSHA Discusses Common Compliance Issues; Strategy Session for CHA Diversity Collaborative Teams; Special Legislative Session Scheduled for Next Week; Connecticut U.S. Senators Receive Committee Assignments; ;  more...
12/06/2012 Mary Reich Cooper, MD, JD, Joins CHA as Vice President and Chief Quality Officer; Education Updates; Flu Season Strikes Early; Hospital Leaders Meet With Legislators in Washington; Hospitals Study Best Practices for Finding and Fixing Problems that Cause Harm; Additional Contamination Identified in Medical Products from New England Compounding Center; ;  more...
11/29/2012 Education Updates; CHA Congratulates Department of Children and Families Commissioner on Recognition; Hospital Leaders Among Connecticut’s Most Influential People; Bristol Hospital and Health Group, Inc., Signs Letter of Intent With Vanguard Health Systems, Inc.; State Rescissions Impact Hospitals; Hospitals Focus on Fostering a Culture of Safety; ;  more...
11/21/2012 Education Updates; CHA VP of Health Equity Gives Keynote Address at NAACP Banquet; Happy Thanksgiving; Special Advisor to the Gov. on Health Reform and Dir. of the Office of Health Reform & Innovation to Depart Position; ;  more...
11/15/2012 Education Updates; Hurricane Sandy Health Care Employee Relief Fund Established; Update Schedule Change; Department of Children and Families Lauds Medical Community for Improving Recognition of Child Abuse; Connecticut Hospitals Focus on Care for Diverse Patient Populations; St. Vincent's Medical Center Achieves Magnet Recognition; ;  more...
11/08/2012 Education Updates; AHA Sues the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; AHA President and CEO Meets Hospital Leaders at CHA; CHA Releases New Diversity Video; Hospitals Shine During Hurricane Sandy; ;  more...
11/01/2012 Education Updates; Connecticut Hospitals Serve Patients Throughout Hurricane Sandy; CHA Hosts Successful 12th Annual Nurse Leadership Forum ; Ameridose Voluntarily Recalls Products ; New England Health Equity Council Meets to Develop Priorities; ;  more...
10/25/2012 Symposium Celebrates One Year Anniversary of the CHA Diversity Collaborative; The Saint Raphael Campus of Yale-New Haven Hospital Receives First HHS Partnership for Prevention Award; Sue Fitzsimons Receives 2012 Doris M. Armstrong Award; Mary Harris, RN, CRRN, of Yale-New Haven Hospital, Finalist for Compassionate Caregiver Award; Education Update; ;  more...
10/18/2012 Connecticut Hospitals Provide Testimony on Behavioral Health Prevention, Treatment, and Coverage; CHA Submits Comments to the Dept. of Energy & Environmental Protection on Air Quality; Connecticut Hospitals Attend Healthcare Performance Improvement Safety Summit 2012; CHA Partners with Hispanic Health Council on Cross Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness Training; Future of Healthcare Main Topic at Upcoming Nurse Leadership Forum; Register Now: CHA Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium; Education Updates; CHA Works with State Agencies, FDA, and CDC to Address the Fungal Meningitis Outbreak; Lawrence + Memorial Hospital One of Top Contenders for Pink Glove Dance; ;  more...
10/11/2012 Two Hospital Leaders Named to Technical Governing Board; CHA Honored for Blood Stream Infection Collaborative; CHA Offers Cross Cultural Training and Presents Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium; Education Updates; First-of-its-Kind Event Highlights Transitions of Care; ;  more...
10/04/2012 Hospitals Reduce Blood Stream Infections in Connecticut and Nationwide; Education Updates; CHA Offers Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium and Cross Cultural Training; Special Democratic Primary Held in 5th General Assembly House Seat; Medicaid Growth Hurts State’s Fiscal Projections; ;  more...
09/27/2012 Education Updates; CHA Offers Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium and Cross Cultural Training; CHA Convenes Subcommittee on EMS and Sponsor Hospitals; Governor Malloy Releases Report on Progress in Changing State Government; Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Surgeon Speaks Nationally with Partnership for Patients; ;  more...
09/20/2012 Education Updates; CHA Offers Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium and Cross Cultural Training; CHA Employee Health and Wellness Symposium Draws Large Crowd; Follow CHA on Twitter; New Study: Obesity Rate in Connecticut Could Dramatically Increase ; ;  more...
09/13/2012 New Report: The Cost of a Physician Vacancy ; CHA Board Member Honored with Anti-Defamation League's Torch of Liberty Award; Yale-New Haven Hospital Acquires the Hospital of Saint Raphael ; Education Updates; Noted Speakers to Give Keynote Addresses at CHA; ;  more...
09/06/2012 Education Update; One-Year Delay for ICD-10; Connecticut Medicaid Director to Lead New Initiative; A New Look for CHA Update; CHA Sponsors Minority Business Expo; CHA to Host Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium; Connecticut Hospitals Create a Culture of Employee Health and Wellness; ;  more...
08/23/2012 Hands for Life Stamford: Making History; New Survey: Use of Temporary Physicians Rising; Education Updates; Hospitals Explore Strategies for Preventing Catheter-Associated UTIs; CHA to Participate in NAACP Urban Business Expo; Connecticut Leads Attendance at National Safety Improvement Fellowship Program; ;  more...
08/09/2012 New England Health Equity Council Celebrates First Anniversary; New Report: Trends in Physician Recruiting; Hospitals Begin Ambitious Safety Program; Hospitals Explore Strategies for Preventing Patient Falls; Health Commissioner Appointed to National Advisory Committee on Health Disparities; ;  more...
07/26/2012 CHA Opposes Waiver to Change the Medicaid for Low-Income Adult Program; Anthony Dias, MBBS, DPM, MPH, Joins CHA as VP, Data Services; Connecticut Hospitals and Health System Among Nation’s Most Wired ; CHA Diversity Collaborative Discusses Benchmark Study Results; ;  more...
07/12/2012 Update Summer Schedule; Connecticut Medicaid Director Among Six Selected for Medicaid Leadership Institute Class of 2013; Town Hall Meeting Spotlights Health Disparities; President Obama Signs Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act; ;  more...
07/05/2012 CHA Board Chairman Susan Davis, EdD, RN, Testifies on Patient Safety Reforms for the Elderly at Senate Committee Hearing; CHA Opposes Changes to Medicaid Low-Income Adult Program; Partnership for Patients Model for Improvement Workshop Held at CHA; CHA Files Amicus Curiae Brief with Connecticut Supreme Court; Pension Funding Stabilization Provisions Pass Congress; ;  more...
06/28/2012 The Connecticut Hospital Association Applauds Supreme Court Ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ; CHA’s 94th Annual Meeting Draws Record Crowd; Susan Davis, RN, EdD, Begins Term as Board Chairman; Notable Hospital Leaders Elected to CHA Board of Trustees; CHA Awards Highlight Healthcare Leaders and Heroes ; Third Annual Supplier Diversity Forum Features Noted Speakers; ;  more...
06/21/2012 2012 CHA Annual Meeting: The Will to Change – The Courage to Lead: Transforming Connecticut Healthcare; Noted Speakers to Address Hospitals at CHA Supplier Diversity Forum; 2012 CHA Board of Trustees Slate of Candidates Announced ; Governor Signs Bills of Interest to Connecticut Hospitals; Connecticut Hospitals Focus on Safety at CHA High Reliability Boot Camp; The Connecticut Hospice: Leading and Teaching; ;  more...
06/18/2012 Congratulations to Connecticut's 2012 Healthcare Heroes!; St. Vincent’s Medical Center and Bridgeport Hospital to Jointly Receive the Connecticut’s Hospital Community Service Award; Greenwich Hospital and St. Vincent’s Medical Center to Receive CHA’s 2012 John D. Thompson Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Healthcare Through the Use of Data; Judith A. Carey, RSM, PhD, Awarded the T. Stewart Hamilton, MD, Distinguished Service Award; CHA Special Edition of Update: Annual Meeting Awards; ;  more...
06/14/2012 Budget Implementer and Legislative Proposal Bills Pass in Special Session; 2012 CHA Annual Meeting: The Will to Change – The Courage to Lead: Transforming Connecticut Healthcare; Noted Speakers to Address Hospitals at CHA Supplier Diversity Forum; Evolving Healthcare Delivery in Connecticut: A CHA Perspective; Noted Speaker Reviews Hospital-Acquired Conditions for Partnership for Patients; ;  more...
06/07/2012 CHA Board Chairman Shares Diversity Collaborative Work at National Conference; ChimeNet’s Second Co-Location Data Center A Success; Connecticut Hospitals Strengthen Community Health ; Education Update; Governor Malloy Signs Bills Into Law; CHA Annual Meeting – Save the Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012; CHA Hosts Third Supplier Diversity Forum; ;  more...
05/31/2012 2012 CHA Annual Meeting: The Will to Change – The Courage to Lead: Transforming Connecticut Healthcare; Collaboration Aims to Improve Community Health in Connecticut ; CHA Asks for Hospital Exemption From New Pharmacy Licensure Classification; General Assembly to Meet in Special Session; Education Update; ;  more...
05/24/2012 CHA Celebrates Emergency Medical Service Providers ; Noted Speakers to Address Hospitals at CHA Supplier Diversity Forum; CHA Applauds NAACP’s Commitment to Social Justice and Education; Education Update; CHA Diversity Collaborative Tackles “Elephant in the Room” – Unconscious Bias; ;  more...
05/17/2012 Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Surgeon Featured on National HRET Panel; Connecticut Best Representation at National Safety Fellowship Program; Education Updates; Middlesex Hospital CEO Addresses Human Resources Leadership; CHA Convenes Hospital Leaders to Improve Quality, Patient Safety, and Patient Experience; ;  more...
05/10/2012 Leaders Take Hospital Message to Washington; CHA Comments on Meaningful Use Proposed Rules; Education Updates; General Assembly Adjourns 2012 Regular Session Sine Die: Malloy Addresses Legislators; Legislators Pass Numerous Bills in Final Days of Session ; Healthcare Law Increases Payments to Doctors for Primary Care; Frank A. Corvino, President and CEO, Greenwich Hospital, Recognized as Grassroots Champion; ;  more...
05/03/2012 CHA Presents Successful High Reliability Boot Camp; Certificates of Merit Bill Redrafted and Passed by State Senate; Partnership Receives Award to Help Reduce Hospital Readmissions; Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council Honors Minority Suppliers; Education Updates; Save the date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012; Regional Health Equity Council Meets at CHA; Appropriations Committee Fails To Take Action On Issues Of Interest To Hospitals; House and Senate Pass Telepharmacy Bill; ;  more...
04/26/2012 Connecticut Hospitals Reduced Infections: CDC Report ; 5th District Congressional Candidate Addresses Hospital Leaders ; Economic Forces Impact the Future of Healthcare ; House and Senate Vote on Measures of Importance to Hospitals ; CHA Diversity Collaborative Discusses Cultural Competence; Education Update; CHA Minority Vendor Fair – Save the Date; ;  more...
04/19/2012 CHA Opposes CMS Proposed Rule on Medicare Overpayments; General Assembly Acts on Several Bills of Interest to Hospitals; Noted Filmmaker/HRET Board Member Highlights Low-Cost Excellent Healthcare in America ; Nationally Recognized Experts Headline CHA Executive Summit ; CHA’s HCAHPS Learning Network Holds Successful Teleconference; ;  more...
04/12/2012 Nationally Recognized Experts Headline CHA Executive Summit; CHA’s Popular HCAHPS Learning Network to Hold Teleconference; One-Year Delay Proposed for ICD-10; Report: How Physician Compensation is Evolving from Volume- to Value-Based Metrics ; Connecticut Education Leaders Meet with Hospital Executives; CHA-Backed Bills Advance; ;  more...
04/05/2012 Save the Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012; Connecticut Hospital Safety Leaders to Participate in National Fellowship; Appropriations Committee Releases FY 2013 Budget Adjustments; Legislative Activity: Reporting Deadlines Reached; Nominations Open for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award®; Malpractice, Reimbursement, and Healthcare Reform Worry Medical Residents ; “Like” CHA on Facebook; Education Updates; Western Connecticut Health Network and Norwalk Hospital to Explore Affiliation; ;  more...
03/29/2012 Excitement Builds for New Initiatives at 10th Annual CHA Patient Safety Summit ; CHA Diversity Collaborative Session: How Hospitals Can Better Support Black Nurses; Public Health Committee: Reporting Deadline Tomorrow; Stephen W. Larcen, PhD, Named CEO of Windham Hospital; Education Updates; Join us at the 2012 CHA Healthcare Executive Summit; ;  more...
03/22/2012 Tomorrow: Donald Berwick, MD, to Headline CHA’s 2012 Patient Safety Summit; CHA Testifies on Establishing a Basic Health Plan and Other Bills of Interest to Hospitals; Bills Released from Committees; Judiciary Committee Advances Certificate of Merit Bill: Opposed by Hospital and Physician Community; House GOP FY 2013 Federal Budget Resolution Calls for Healthcare Cuts; Committees Reach Joint Favorable (JF) Reporting Deadline; Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Releases Annual Report; Education Update; Yale New Haven Health System’s Gayle Capozzalo Elected Chair of National Healthcare Organization; ;  more...
03/15/2012 CHA Launch of HCAHPS Learning Network Draws Hundreds of Participants; CHA-Backed Bills Advance ; Senate Passes Highway Bill: Pension Funding Language Included; CHA Testifies On Establishing A Basic Health Plan; Public Health Committee to Hold Public Hearing ; Connecticut Nursing Collaborative Named as Action Coalition by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action; Education Updates; ;  more...
03/08/2012 Hospitals Argue Against Weakening Medical Malpractice Laws; Public Health and General Law Committees Holding Public Hearings; Register Now for CHA’s 2012 Patient Safety Summit; CHA Awards – Deadline in One Week; Richard D'Aquila Named President and Chief Operating Officer at Yale-New Haven Hospital; Education Update; ;  more...
03/01/2012 Sixth Annual Smart Moves Forum on Safe Patient Handling Draws Crowd; CHA Provides Testimony on Two Bills; Stage 2 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule Released; FDA Addresses Cancer Drug Shortage; Dr. Stuart Marcus Named President of St. Vincent’s Medical Center; The Connecticut Hospice Among First to Receive Advanced Certification for Palliative Care; Education Updates; Renowned National Patient Safety Leader Donald Berwick, MD, to Headline CHA’s 2012 Patient Safety Summit; ;  more...
02/23/2012 CHA Annual Meeting – Save the Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012; Congressional Action on Payroll Tax Cut and “Doc Fix”; CHA Testifies on Bills Impacting Hospitals; CT Hospitals Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week; Education Updates; ;  more...
02/16/2012 Reducing Heart Failure Readmissions Collaborative Holds Sixth Session; CHA to Testify in Opposition to Proposed Cuts to Medicaid; Yale-New Haven’s Marna Borgstrom Named to Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care; CHA Insurance Services Partners with Marsh U.S. Consumer; CHA Awards – Now Accepting Nominations; Education Updates; CT Hospitals Celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week; ;  more...
02/09/2012 CHA Member Briefing on Mandatory Flu Vaccination Policy Draws Capacity Crowd; General Assembly Convenes for the 2012 Legislative Session ; Backus and Hartford HealthCare to Explore Affiliation; CHA’s 2012 Smart Moves Forum on Safe Patient Handling to be held February 28; Education Updates; ;  more...
02/02/2012 General Assembly to Convene for the 2012 Legislative Session; Pre-Session Legislative Activity; Flu Season Peak: CHA to Brief Members on Statewide Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Policy; Recruitment Continues for the National Partnership for Patients Initiative; Education Updates; ;  more...
01/26/2012 5th Congressional Candidate Lisa Wilson-Foley Visits CHA; Dannel Malloy Cuts $79 Million from State Budget: No Cuts to Medicaid; President Delivers 2012 State of the Union Address with Little Mention of Health Insurance Reform; Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners Program Celebrates First Year of Operation; CHA Diversity Collaborative Educational Program; Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Johnson Memorial Hospital Announce Affiliation; Congressman Joe Courtney Opposes Medicare Cuts to Physicians; Education Updates; ;  more...
01/19/2012 CHA Annual Meeting - Save the Date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012; Hospital Leaders Meet with Legislators; Recruitment Underway for the National Partnership for Patients Initiative; Department of Public Health Public Health Preparedness Advisory Committee Discusses Two Storm Panel Recommendations; Health Insurance Exchange Board Meets; Governor Dannel P. Malloy Responds to Fourth Quarter Revenue Shortfall; Michele Sharp joins CHA as Director, Communications and Public Affairs; Education Updates; ;  more...
01/12/2012 Save the date: Wednesday, June 27, 2012; CHA Diversity Collaborative Team Kickoff; Two Storm Panel Releases Report; Connecticut Legislators Announce Support for Amicus Brief Supporting the PPACA; Connecticut Hospital Community Health and Community Benefit Initiatives Highlighted Nationally; Special Election: Democrats Retain Connecticut House of Representatives Seat; Health Spending Growth Slow in 2010; Education Updates; ;  more...
01/05/2012 Senator Richard Blumenthal Addresses Drug Shortages in Connecticut; Governor Malloy’s Two Storm Panel to Release Report; NLRB Postpones Effective Date of Rights Posting Rule to April 30, 2012; On the CUSP: Stop HAI Project Hosts Special Call for All Teams; Education Updates; ;  more...