CT Health Reform Dashboard responds to eroding accountability in hospital oversight and Medicaid consumer rights

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This month’s Health Reform Dashboardupdate once again reflects more attempts to unravel progress in CT.  Medicaid leads the concerns with the success of new ACOs at the last minute in blowing up federally required consumer notices that were carefully negotiated over months, so that consumers will need a college education to understand the risks of underservice and adverse selection or how to protect themselves. This is in addition to the administration’s broken promises on downside risk and a reversal on whether to conduct or act on a meaningful evaluation of the new Medicaid shared savings program. Other concerns include poor choices for monitors and consultants to oversee Yale-New Haven’s acquisition of L&M’s health system, the Health Care Cabinet continues to consider troubling reform recommendations for CT and SIM ethics concerns continue.