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Charlotte Hungerford, Hartford HealthCare say they will partner

Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

After more than five months of negotiation, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital and Hartford HealthCare announced they will seek state and federal approval to make the Torrington-based hospital the sixth in the Hartford HealthCare network. But regulatory hurdles could keep the deal from being approved for months. Continue Reading →

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Hospitals say state puts them between a rock and a hard place

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As hospital officials describe it, state policy is pushing them in two opposing directions. Higher state taxes and funding cuts have added to the factors pushing independent community hospitals to join larger health systems, they say. But at the same time, legislators concerned about the growth of large health systems have been pushing for new restrictions on changes in hospital ownership, which hospital officials say makes it harder for them to adapt. Continue Reading →

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Malloy orders review of health care oversight, delaying Yale-L+M decision

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has ordered the state Department of Public Health to postpone until next year any final decisions on certain hospital transactions – or reject them if state law requires a quicker decision – while a newly created task force examines the state’s oversight process for transactions and other major changes involving hospitals. Continue Reading →

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How well will new rules on health care cost transparency work?

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Lisa Freeman recently tried an experiment: Before having a medical diagnostic test, she tried to figure out what it would cost. “It took no less than five phone calls, and I still never got to the end of the thing,” she said. A major transparency law intended to change that is taking effect this year. How will it work in practice? Health care providers say it might be bumpy at first. Continue Reading →

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As health care changes, can independent hospitals survive?

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As large hospital systems have grown in Connecticut, the state now has just seven hospitals that are not part of a bigger system or in talks to join one. Are the remaining independents holding out for the right suitor? Or do they see a path forward as independent hospitals at a time when more hospital leaders are taking the opposite view? Continue Reading →

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In Windham Hospital service cuts, some see sign of the future

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Most of Connecticut’s 29 hospitals are in or joining larger systems, raising the possibility that parent companies will seek to consolidate services rather than offering every type of care at each hospital in their network. Does the state have the proper oversight to address cuts in what services hospitals deliver? Continue Reading →

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Hartford HealthCare, Day Kimball suspend talks, citing state’s ‘reckless’ cuts

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Hartford HealthCare and the parent company of Day Kimball Hospital say they have suspended plans to consider an affiliation because of “severe and unexpected” cuts in Medicaid payments, a reference to $192 million in funding reductions Gov. Dannel P. Malloy made to hospitals last month. Continue Reading →

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Yale student tests negative for Ebola, but state steps up preparations

This is a photo of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen during a briefing on Ebola at the state's emergency operations center Thursday.

Preliminary testing indicates that the Yale doctoral student admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital with Ebola-like symptoms does not have the deadly virus. While awaiting the results, officials sought to emphasize the efforts to prepare in case someone in Connecticut contracts Ebola virus — while also trying to reassure people that the risk of infection is low. Continue Reading →

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