Pino named to lead public health, just in time for Zika

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy at a briefing on Zika. Dr. Raul Pino is second from left.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy named Dr. Raul Pino to lead the state Department of Public Health on Thursday, then immediately featured him at a briefing on the mosquito-borne Zika virus. Pino says there is no public health crisis, but the department is arranging testing of suspected cases contracted by travelers to warm-weather countries where the disease is present. Continue Reading →

Expert: Transparency, savvy patients, competition key in tackling health care prices

This is a picture of Zack Cooper

Zack Cooper recently co-authored a high-profile paper linking higher hospital prices to market power. He advocates for strong antitrust enforcement when it comes to health care consolidation. But when his father was very sick, Cooper told state policymakers, he wanted him to go to a large medical center that treated a high volume of patients with the same condition. "There's this tension," he said. Continue Reading →