Medicaid update: hints of new data and promises of more, call center wait times still long, but behavioral health progress

By Ellen Andrews | July 16, 2018

There was good and bad news at Friday’s Medicaid council meeting. Call center wait times are down to 85 minutes…

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CTNJ op-ed — Facts, and data, are stubborn things

By Ellen Andrews | July 11, 2018

Big data is revolutionizing healthcare. The ability to collect reams of detailed information about how care is provided, how much…

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ICER to report on unjustified drug price increases

By Ellen Andrews | June 28, 2018

Early next year, the nonprofit Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) will issue its first report on US drug…

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31 ways to save on healthcare in Connecticut’s budget

By Ellen Andrews | June 26, 2018

Connecticut’s state budget is facing future deficits and health spending is a large share of the budget. The state now…

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Most CT uninsured qualify for ACA coverage

By Ellen Andrews | June 21, 2018

Almost two in three uninsured CT residents qualifies for either Medicaid or tax credits through Access Health CT, according to…

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Medicaid update: Quality was rising through 2016, raising concerns about PCMH+

By Ellen Andrews | June 11, 2018

Friday’s MAPOC meeting focused on Medicaid quality and access information from CHNCT, DSS’s administrative contractor for the program. Across the…

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CT suicide rate up, but it could be worse

By Ellen Andrews | June 9, 2018

The national suicide rate grew by 25% from 1999 to 2016 while CT’s rate grew by 19.2% over those years,…

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CT and surrounding states provide better than average quality care to Medicaid members

By Ellen Andrews | June 5, 2018

CMS has published a new Medicaid/CHIP scorecard to promote accountability and transparency in states’ programs. The site allows comparisons of…

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Rest of US catching up with CT – Medicaid managed care doesn’t work

By Ellen Andrews | May 29, 2018

Two Health Affairs blog posts highlight the disappointments states are having with their capitated Medicaid managed care programs. Managed care…

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