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Archive for August 2016

New to the Book Club: Creating Scientific Controversies

It’s a shame that this book is written in the style of a textbook rather than for the general public, because we all need to hear David Harker’s message. Created scientific controversies surround issues where there is broad scientific agreement but the public’s perception is that there is uncertainty and doubt. The false controversies can…

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Reform is hard and Econ 101 doesn’t work

An article published today in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights the challenges in health reform and why the usual, simple fixes aren’t working.  The article by Richard Bohmer, The Hard Work of Health Care Transformation, explains why changing financial incentives or governance structures aren’t sufficient to effect change. The status quo is very…

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Lots of hospital quality news, CT not excelling

  In the last few days several sources have released hospital quality rankings and measures. The bottom line — CT’s hospitals have a lot of work to do. CMS released their long-awaited five star system for hospital ratings, but no CT hospitals received five stars. In fact, only one earned four stars (Backus), 17 received…

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Updated CT Health System Primer online

Our Basics of CT’s Health System has been updated for 2016. It addresses private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, the uninsured, health care financing, reform and where CT stands. The primer is part of our resource collection available at

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CTHPP website down, apologies

Our CT Health Policy Project website has been down for an unacceptable length of time. (I know some of you feel our pain.) Be assured we are working furiously on a solution – both short and long-term. We apologize for any inconvenience. If there is something you are looking for, please let us know at…

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