2013 Update Archives

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

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12/19/2013 Happy Holidays from the Connecticut Hospital Association; CHA Recommends Elimination and Modification of Outdated, Unnecessarily Burdensome State Regulations; Hospitals of the Future are Focus of AHA CEO Rich Umbdenstock Op-Ed ; Education Updates; ;  more...
12/12/2013 Education Updates; Connecticut Hospitals Seek to Improve Employee Wellness; Senate Committee Leadership Changes; Connecticut's Efforts to Reduce Infection Noted Nationally; Hospital Leaders Trained in High Reliability Science; ;  more...
12/05/2013 Education Updates; Hospitals Testify at Educational Hearing on Hospital Conversions; State Senator Beth Bye Named Senate Chair of the Appropriations Committee; NBC Connecticut Holds Second Healthcare Roundtable; Mark Your Calendar: Employee Health and Wellness Symposium; Hospital Leaders Meet With Legislators in Washington; ;  more...
11/21/2013 Education Updates; Connecticut Hospitals Participate in Fall Harvest Visits; CHA Provides Nurse Preceptor Education; Mark Your Calendar: Employee Health and Wellness Symposium; Happy Thanksgiving; Connecticut Hospitals Assist in the Philippines; ;  more...
11/14/2013 New Report Evaluates Hospital Report Cards ; Education Updates; Connecticut Hospitals Honored for Organ Donation Awareness Effort; Connecticut Hospitals Discuss "Red Rules"; CDC: Increases in Flu Activity Expected in Coming Weeks; AHA Donates to American Red Cross for Typhoon Relief ; ;  more...
11/07/2013 Education Updates; Connecticut Hospitals Joint Commission "Top Performers"; St. Vincent's Launches Affiliation With MD Anderson Cancer Network; State Innovation Model Design Grant Plan Submitted ; Hospitals Working to Prevent Falls in the Acute Care Setting; Municipal Election Results: Toni Harp Elected Mayor; ;  more...
10/31/2013 Education Updates; Full House for Third Annual CHA Diversity Symposium ; State to Submit State Innovation Model Design Grant Plan; Majority of CT Hospitals Participate in Certified Application Counselor Training at CHA; CHA, Hospitals Participate in Medical Marijuana Symposium; CHA Sponsors High Reliability Training for Students; Attorney General Establishes Online Consumer Complaint Form; ;  more...
10/24/2013 Education Updates; CHA Testifies at Public Health Committee Meeting; Hospitals Celebrate National Healthcare Quality Week; CHA Holds Multiple Safety Training Sessions; Next Week: HHS Leader to Give Keynote at Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium; CHA Working With TopSource LLC to Reduce Non-Medical Procurement Costs; CHA Board Chair Susan L. Davis Receives CNA’s Doris M. Armstrong Award; ;  more...
10/17/2013 Education Updates; National High Reliability Summit Features CHA and Hospital Leaders; CHA and Continuum of Care Partners Collaborate on New Program Series on End of Life Care; HHS Leader to Give Keynote at Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium; Connecticut Hospitals Partner with Access Health CT to Enroll Consumers in Coverage; ;  more...
10/10/2013 Education Updates; DPH Continues Holding Community Forums Throughout the State; CHA Hosts Successful 13th Annual Nurse Leadership Forum; HHS Leader to Give Keynote at Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium; New Program Series Focuses on End of Life Care Issues; Hospitals Focus on Preventing Pressure Ulcers; Town Hall Meeting on Health Disparities: Free and Open to the Public; ;  more...
10/03/2013 Education Updates; Flu Season Could Start Early; Connecticut Hospitals Working With Access Health CT to Increase Access to Coverage; Hospitals Testify on the Impact of ED Utilization on the State’s Medicaid Budget; New Program Series Focuses on End of Life Care Issues; HHS Leader to Give Keynote at Diversity Collaborative Anniversary Symposium; Upcoming Nurse Leadership Forum: Navigating the Changing Healthcare Landscape; ;  more...
09/26/2013 Education Updates; Congressional Delegation Discusses Fiscal Cliff, Sequestration at Forum; Laws Impacting Hospitals to Take Effect; AG To Pursue Legislation On Facility Fees In 2014; Upcoming Nurse Leadership Forum: Navigating the Changing Healthcare Landscape; CHA CFO 2013 GNEMSDC Shining Star; ;  more...
09/19/2013 Education Updates; Hospitals Focus on Fair and Just Accountability; Upcoming Nurse Leadership Forum: Navigating the Changing Healthcare Landscape; NBC Connecticut Holds Healthcare Roundtable; Patient Engagement Focus of Statewide Conference ; Hartford HealthCare Selected to Be First MSK Cancer Alliance Member; Public Programs on Healthcare Reform; 500 Attend Grand Opening of the Lawrence + Memorial Cancer Center; ;  more...
09/12/2013 Education Updates; New Report: Family Physicians Top the “Most Recruited” List ; Twitter Chat on Patient Engagement Features WCHN; Hospital Job Growth Lower in August; Connecticut Department of Public Health Holds Community Forum; DSS Proposes to Eliminate Hospital Inpatient Inflationary Increases; Municipal Party Primaries Held For Fall Elections; CT Partners for Health to Host First Patient-Engagement Conference in Connecticut; ;  more...
09/05/2013 Education Updates; E-Learning Programs Offered in Cultural Competence; CHA Sponsors Minority Business Conference and Expo; CT Partners for Health to Host First Patient-Engagement Conference in Connecticut; Upcoming AHA Twitter Chat on Patient Engagement Features WCHN; ;  more...
08/29/2013 Program Review and Investigations Committee Studies ED Use and its Impact on State Medicaid Budget; ECHN Signs Letter of Intent with Vanguard Health Systems and Yale New Haven Health System ; Education Updates; AHA Offers Guide on Patient and Family Engagement and Twitter Chat Featuring WCHN; Public Health Committee Holds Informational Forum on Hospital Conversions; ;  more...
08/08/2013 Hospitals Present Diversity Collaborative Progress; New England Regional Health Equity Council Studying Health Disparities ; CMS Accepting Applications to Become Certified Application Counselor Organizations; IOM Releases Toolkit on Crisis Standards of Care; ;  more...
07/25/2013 Yale New Haven Health System and VA CT Healthcare System Recognized for Healthcare Equality; CT Partners for Health to Host First Patient-Engagement Conference in Connecticut; Connecticut Hospitals and Health Systems Among Nation’s Most Wired; Guide Provides Patient/Family Engagement Strategies; American College of Surgeons Releases Book on Quality and Patient Safety; Hospital Leaders Meet With SIM Grant Project Directors; Backus Corporation and Hartford HealthCare Form Affiliation; ;  more...
07/11/2013 Connecticut Nurses’ Association Welcomes New Executive Director; U.S. Senators Hold Discussion With Federal and State Leaders on Implementation of the Patient Protection And Affordable Care Act; Program Focuses on Community Health Needs Assessments; Hospitals Participate in Cause Analysis Webinar; HHS Updates Website to Help Consumers; Connecticut Hospitals Achieve Key Partnership for Patients Milestone; ;  more...
06/28/2013 Presidential Historian Discusses Leadership at CHA’s 95th Annual Meeting ; Hospital Leaders Elected to CHA Board of Trustees; CHA Awards Highlight Healthcare Leaders and Heroes; Fourth Annual Supplier Diversity Forum Features Noted Speakers; Connecticut Association of Healthcare Executives Meeting Focuses on Diversity; Update Summer Schedule; ;  more...
06/20/2013 Education Updates; CHA Hosts Fourth Supplier Diversity Program; CHA Annual Meeting - Connecticut Hospitals: Caring for People, Serving Our Communities ; Republican Sam Belsito Sworn In As New Member of CT General Assembly; Hospital Leaders Participate in High Reliability Rounding Workshop; Connecticut Hospital Leaders Featured in National Program; CHA Diversity Collaborative Focuses on New CLAS Standards; Hospitals Collaborate on Disaster Preparedness; ;  more...
06/13/2013 CHA Special Edition of Update: Annual Meeting Awards; Andrea Rynn, Director, Public & Government Relations, Western Connecticut Health Network, Recognized as Grassroots Champion; Congratulations to Connecticut's 2013 Healthcare Heroes!; Middlesex Hospital to Receive the 2013 Connecticut’s Hospital Community Service Award; WCHN to Receive the 2013 John D. Thompson Award for Excellence in the Delivery of Healthcare Through the Use of Data; Retired Qualidigm CEO and Partner at Wiggin and Dana to Receive Connecticut Hospital Association Honorary Membership Awards; Congratulations to Awardees; ;  more...
06/06/2013 $1.1 Billion Invested in Community Benefit Initiatives in 2011, But CT Hospitals’ Ability to Strengthen Community Health at Risk; Education Updates; L+M Corporation Purchases Westerly Hospital; General Assembly Adjourns 2013 Regular Session – Sine Die; CHA Hosts Fourth Supplier Diversity Program; CHA Annual Meeting - Save the Date; Hospitals Focus on Preventing Venous Thromboembolic Events; Connecticut is the Only State With Decreasing Gross Domestic Product; ;  more...
05/23/2013 Education Updates; Thank You to the Hospital and Healthcare Community; Hospitals Continue Visibility at the Capitol; Cross Cultural & Diversity Inclusiveness Training Series; No Update Newsletter on Thursday, May 30; Hospitals Focus on Preventing Perinatal Harm; ;  more...
05/16/2013 CHA Congratulates Nightingale Award Winners; Connecticut Hospitals Celebrate Hospital Week ; Education Updates; House and Senate Meet in Session; Urge Legislators to Protect Hospitals; CHA Annual Meeting - Connecticut Hospitals: Caring for People, Serving Our Communities ; ;  more...
05/09/2013 Education Updates; 2013 Legislative Session in Final Weeks; Hospitals Participate in Briefing on Restraint and Seclusion Laws; CHA Takes Part in National CAUTI Program; Hospitals Participate in Partnership for Patients Program on Preventing CAUTIs in the Acute Care Setting; Connecticut Hospitals Honor Nurses for National Nurses Week; Hospitals Take Part in Safety Coach and High Reliability Training Sessions ; ;  more...
05/02/2013 Modern Healthcare Names Marna P. Borgstrom one of its Top 25 Leaders ; Education Updates; WCHN's Andrea Rynn Recognized as Grassroots Champion; Leaders Take Hospital Message to Washington ; Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Features Healthcare Leadership; CHA Annual Meeting - Save the Date; ;  more...
04/25/2013 Education Updates; Committees Vote on FY 2014-2015 Budget; CHA Reacts to Committee Vote; Tomorrow: Healthcare Leaders Discuss Best Practices for Improving Quality and Value ; Rich Umbdenstock: Bending the Cost Curve; Hospital Medicaid Funding Explained: Setting the Record Straight; ;  more...
04/18/2013 Budget-Writing Committees to Release FY 2014-2015 Budget Recommendations; Education Updates; Connecticut Hospitals Participate in Unique National Safety Program; State Representative from Tolland Resigns - Receives Federal Appointment; CHA Annual Meeting - Connecticut Hospitals: Caring for People, Serving Our Communities ; CHA Statement on the Boston Bombings; ;  more...
04/11/2013 Education Updates; Hospitals Converge on Hartford for Connecticut Hospital Day at the Capitol; ;  more...
04/04/2013 Education Updates; CT Receives Nursing Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ; Hospitals Focus on Reducing Readmissions; You are Invited: Connecticut Hospital Day at the Capitol; CHA Annual Meeting - Save the Date; Corporate Compliance Highlighted at CHA Conference; Legislative Committees Reach Reporting Deadlines; Hospitals Testify in Opposition to Certificate of Merit Bill; ;  more...
03/28/2013 CHA and CADH Unveil Guidelines for Conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment; Education Updates; Connecticut Attorney General to Provide Conference Keynote; Nominations Open for Schwartz Center Compassionate Caregiver Award®; This Week in the Legislature; CHA Annual Meeting - Connecticut Hospitals: Caring for People, Serving Our Communities ; Hospitals Develop Cultures of Safety; 13 Hospital Safety Champions Participate in 2013 Fellowship; Middlesex Hospital Presents at National Meeting ; Partnership for Patients Readmission Session Planned; ;  more...
03/21/2013 Hospitals Write Open Letter to Legislators: Oppose Cuts; Retiring Qualidigm CEO Marcia Petrillo Honored; Deadline Extended: CHA Annual Awards; Education Updates; CHA Testifies on Healthcare Bills; Legislative Committees Begin to Reach Reporting Deadlines; Connecticut Attorney General to Provide Conference Keynote; ;  more...
03/14/2013 Education Updates; Senate Minority Leader John McKinney Begins Statewide Fiscal Responsibility Tour; Joint Commission President Keynotes CHA Patient Safety Summit ; CHA Testifies on Healthcare Bills; Deadline Nearing: CHA Annual Awards; Legislative Committees Take Action on Bills of Interest to Hospitals; ;  more...
03/07/2013 Hospitals Celebrate Patient Safety Week; Senate and House Meet in Session ; CHA Provides Testimony on Healthcare Issues; Hospital Leaders Become Safety Champions; Education Updates; CHA Annual Meeting Save the Date; CHA Annual Awards - Requesting Submissions; Follow us on Social Media; Hospital Leaders on WTIC Radio; Governor Starts Series of Community Forums; ;  more...
02/28/2013 Joint Commission President to be Keynote Speaker at CHA Patient Safety Summit; Education Updates; Hospitals Testify in Opposition to Governor’s Budget; Hospital Leaders Meet With Congressional Delegation in Washington; Crisis at the Hospitals – Special Broadcast on WDRC Radio ; CHA Submits Testimony on Healthcare Bills; At CHA Summit, Healthcare Leaders Address Unprecedented Change; Connecticut Receives SIMS Grant; Connecticut Hospital Safety Leaders to Participate in Second National Fellowship; ;  more...
02/21/2013 CHA Annual Meeting Awards - Requesting Submissions; Hospitals Prepare for Appropriations Committee Hearing; CHA Provides Testimony on Healthcare Issues; Education Updates; Public Health Committee Vice Chair Philip Miller: Representing the Communities of Essex, Deep River, Chester, and Haddam in the 36th House District; Joint Commission President to be Keynote Speaker at CHA Patient Safety Summit; Connecticut Hospitals Highlight Policy Makers; 2013 Healthcare Executive Summit: Addressing Unprecedented Change; ;  more...
02/14/2013 Education Updates; 2013 Healthcare Executive Summit; CT Health Insurance Exchange Partners with the Office of the Healthcare Advocate to Reach the Underserved; Connecticut Hospitals Highlight Policy Makers; Public Health Committee Ranking Member Prasad Srinivasan: Representing the Community of Glastonbury in the 31st House District; Connecticut Caregivers Weather Nemo; Join CHA's Social Media Community ; Hospitals Develop Medical Staff Training; ;  more...
02/07/2013 Hospital Leaders Address Budget Concerns With Legislative Leaders; Public Health Committee Co-Chair Susan Johnson: Representing the Community of Windham in the 49th House District; Maternal and Infant Health is Focus of County-Wide Program; Governor's Budget Proposes Significant Reductions to Hospital Funding; Education Updates; Connecticut Hospitals Highlight Policy Makers; 2013 Healthcare Executive Summit; ;  more...
01/31/2013 Connecticut House of Representatives Majority Leader Joe Aresimowicz: Representing the Communities of Berlin and Southington in the 30th House District; Education Updates; Connecticut Hospitals Highlight Policy Makers; Connecticut Hospitals' Safety Work Highlighted in Journal for Healthcare Quality ; CHA Testifies Before the Mental Health Services Working Group; Congressman Joe Courtney Announces Renewal of Medicare Dependent Hospital Program for Windham Hospital; Hospital Economic Impact Website Relaunched; ;  more...
01/24/2013 General Assembly’s Special Task Force on Gun Violence Meets; Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey: Representing Hamden in the 88th House District; Education Updates; CHA Annual Meeting: Save the Date; Hospitals Participate in Cross Cultural and Diversity Inclusiveness Training; Hospitals Study Causal Analysis Fundamentals ; Connecticut Hospitals Participate in Mission: Lifeline Program; Western Connecticut Health Network and Norwalk Hospital Sign Affiliation Agreement ; Hospitals Highlight Connecticut Policy Makers; Connecticut Hospitals Contribute $20 Billion to State’s Economy ; ;  more...
01/17/2013 U.S. Senator Christopher Murphy: Representing Connecticut in the U.S. Senate; Education Updates; Saint Francis Center for Health Equity Opens; Governor Malloy Names New Chief Legal Counsel; Saint Francis Care and Ascension Health Care Network Sign Letter of Intent; Hospitals Highlight Connecticut Policy Makers; Hospital Leaders Focus on Safety Culture; ;  more...
01/10/2013 Legislative Committee Assignments Made; 2013 Legislative Session Convenes; Education Updates; U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty: Representing Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District; Flu Activity on the Rise; Hospitals Highlight Connecticut Policy Makers; Bridgeport Hospital CEO William Jennings Appointed to American College of Healthcare Executives’ Council of Regents; Hospital Leaders Develop Safety Culture; ;  more...