State Strategies for Health Reform Implementation conference

I’ve been in DC for a fascinating conference for state-based advocates on how we can influence and support health reform at home. First, it is an incredible opportunity to connect (and reconnect) with advocates from across the states, get ideas, share stories and learn what is really happening. For example, Utah’s much publicized insurance exchange…

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Candidate briefing book online

The 2010 CT Health Policy Project Candidate Briefing Book is now available online. Password protected access was sent before the primaries to every candidate registered with the Secretary of the State’s Office for all statewide offices, Congress, State Senate and House. The book has been updated periodically and is now available without a password at…

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Health Care Advocate position posted

The state is seeking to fill the position of Health Care Advocate. The agency assists consumers struggling to access care in an increasingly hostile environment and makes recommendations to policymakers. For more information, click here.

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NY hospital takes artwork in exchange for care

28% of NY artists are uninsured. To meet the needs of their community – both artists and patients — Woodhull Medical Center in Brooklyn gives 40 credits toward health care services for every hour artists share with the hospital. Artists in Woodhull’s Artist Access Program take professional first photos of newborns and moms, provide storytelling…

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Fifteen ways to save money in CT’s health care budget

The next administration faces an unprecedented budget deficit. The good news is that CT has barely scratched the surface of policy opportunities that save money, many of which also improve health care. Taking guidance from other states and other payers, we have assembled 15 ideas potentially reaching hundreds of millions in savings. We include PCCM,…

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Courant photoblog on health care salaries

One of the Hartford Courant’s online featured photo galleries compares average salaries for health care workers in Connecticut. The highest are obstetricians and gynecologists at $209,160; lowest are home health aides averaging $29,020. Ellen Andrews

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YNHH surgeries under scrutiny after wrong site operation

The New Haven Independent is reporting that on June 9th a car crash victim had a skeletal traction pin surgically inserted into the wrong leg at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The error was the result of poor communication between surgeons during a “handoff” of the patient and had to be corrected in another surgery. The mistake…

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November web quiz

Test your knowledge of CT managed care plan performance. Take the November CT Health Policy Web Quiz.

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State Supreme Court to decide if widows are responsible for nursing home bills

The New Haven Advocate reports that the CT State Supreme Court is considering a case that could have a devastating impact on CT’s 28,000 nursing home patients and their families. The case involves who should pay the $60,795.32 nursing home bill of a man who died two years ago. The nursing home, Wilton Meadows, is…

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