Archive for August 2008

PCCM concept paper out

The concept paper for the state’s planned PCCM pilot has finally been delivered to the legislature. The Appropriations and Human Services Committees now have 30 days to hold a public hearing and approve, deny or make changes to the plan. PCCM is a way of running HUSKY without HMOs and will serve as another option…

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Sad news

From Gary Spinner, COO of the Hill Health Center: “It is with great sadness that I let you know of the passing away of Cornell Scott, Hill Health Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer. Scotty passed away at noon today in Yale New Haven Hospital. He had been ill for a great deal of time, and the…

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COHI seeking Executive Director

The CT Oral Health Initiative needs to hire a new Executive Director. For five years COHI has been advocating for better oral health for everyone. They have focused on access to dental care for CT’s underserved and education about the importance of oral health. COHI is seeking an experienced nonprofit leader who shares the organization’s…

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eHealthCT designated as a Chartered Value Exchange

Connecticut is entering the e-health big leagues! Yesterday, our own eHealthCT was designated as a Chartered Value Exchange by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. eHealthConnecticut is a not for profit entity incorporated in January 2006 and represents a collaborative approach to meeting the challenges of health information technology adoption and interoperability for the…

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Drama at the Medicaid Managed Care Council

Yesterday, the Council passed a resolution to recommend a delay in transitioning HUSKY families into the new HMOs and to freeze enrollment in Charter Oak until July 1st, 2009. The council was concerned that only a handful of providers have signed up with the two new plans, AmeriChoice and Aetna Better Health, and that patients…

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Retail Medical Clinics and Primary Care panels

Today’s panels at the CSG/ERC annual meeting explored retail clinics – opportunities and concerns – and primary care shortages. The clinic panel included Kim Rhodes from Take Care Clinics (owned by Walgreens) and Ken Ferrucci from the CT medical society. There are about 1000 retail clinics in the US, providing affordable access, including evenings and…

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State reform updates

I’ve been staffing the annual meeting of the Council of State Governments/Eastern Regional Conference health policy track meetings in Atlantic City, NJ. Today we heard updates from states at varying stages of reforming their health care systems – Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Jersey. Sen. Joseph Vitale described New Jersey’s comprehensive plan to cover all…

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Charter Oak/HUSKY troubles in the news

The current problems getting providers to participate in the new Charter Oak/HUSKY plans have been hot news lately. A sampling: The Day ctnewsjunkie.com Hartford Courant Journal Inquirer New Haven Register Waterbury Republican American Kaiser Daily Health Reports Medical News Today CT Post WTIC News Talk 1080 Fox News 61 News Channel 3 Norwich Bulletin According…

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