A recent report ranks Connecticut as fifth highest among 30 states in the rate of opioid-related emergency department visits and seventh highest among 44 in opioid-related inpatient hospital stays.
Since 2012 the federal government has been penalizing hospitals for high rates of patients returning within 30 days of discharge. But now, nursing homes also are being held accountable for hospital readmissions.
Connecticut’s acute-care hospitals saw gains from their operations tumble 35 percent in the last fiscal year, with seven of 29 hospitals reporting operating losses, according to a new state report.
At the Governor’s House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Simsbury, 17 of the nursing home’s 73 beds sat empty this spring – a 23-percent vacancy rate that would have been unlikely five years ago. The home’s occupancy has fallen despite its above-average health care quality scores in the federal government’s rating system. “There are a […]
Twenty-four of Connecticut’s 31 hospitals will face Medicare penalties in the fiscal year starting in October, in the second round of the federal government’s push to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month of discharge, new data shows. None of the state’s hospitals will lose the maximum amount possible – 2 percent of […]
Selenia Velez remembers the near-daily phone calls from the pre-school, alerting her that her 2-year-old son had acted out aggressively and needed to be picked up immediately. The calls went on for months, as Velez, 27, of Hartford, and her husband bounced between the pre-school and their son’s pediatrician, who recommended that they take him […]