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The Hospital for Special Surgery has received approval to open a large outpatient center in Stamford, according to Crain’s New York Business. The New York hospital has a reputation for very high quality and serving wealthy patients. But as a condition of DPH approval, HSS has agreed that 10% of their CT patients will be Medicaid members. Only 2% of NY patients are covered by Medicaid. Access to orthopedic specialty care has been a serious issue for Medicaid members in our state. This announcement is testament to the improvement in CT Medicaid’s attractiveness to providers.