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CT docs say health information exchange would help fight opioid epidemic

As Connecticut residents continue to die from opioid overdoses at an alarming rate, several doctors agree that being able to share health records electronically across the entire state would help fight the epidemic. But a system to accommodate that sharing remains elusive. Continue Reading →

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A decade of delays, $23 million spent, as state makes fourth try for health information exchange

The idea of a single health information exchange across the state of Connecticut seems simple: Gather all health information in one place and make it available to every practitioner involved with a single patient to provide the best care possible. Unfortunately, in Connecticut this process has been anything but simple. Instead, it has been enormously expensive and time-consuming — costing the state $23 million and 11 years of work which, to this date, have yet to produce an exchange. Continue Reading →

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CT hospitals collect $1.2B in outpatient facility fees over three years

Connecticut hospitals and health networks have received an estimated $1.2 billion in outpatient facility fees from 2015 through 2017, according to data announced on Tuesday. These fees are collected for a wide-range of services, including oncology, eye surgery, psychotherapy and primary care, provided at off-site facilities run by hospitals and health networks. Continue Reading →

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Doctors slow to adopt medication-assisted therapy for opioid treatment

By the time William Evans was working at his first job after college, he was addicted to opioids, spending $25,000 in less than a year and driving to Philadelphia twice a week to buy drugs on the street. Now 37, Evans hasn’t used illegal drugs since 2006. He is married and has a 3-year-old daughter, a home in Trumbull, and a sales job at a software company. He attributes his sobriety to counseling and medication to treat his addiction. “It’s allowed me to live a life.” Continue Reading →

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Dems try to link Stefanowski to Trump’s health care policy

NEW HAVEN – U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy tag-teamed with Democratic gubernatorial nominee Ned Lamont on Friday to paint the candidate’s Republican rival, Bob Stefanowski, as a Trump acolyte when it comes to health care policy. Continue Reading →

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Congress moves towards approval of massive anti-opioid bill

WASHINGTON – Congress is finally close to passing a comprehensive bill to combat opioid abuse, combining law enforcement and public health measures, including making addiction services more accessible. The massive bill, which includes provisions introduced by dozens of lawmakers, including Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, is considered a rare bipartisan accomplishment. Continue Reading →

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Insurance Department approves on average 3 percent rate hikes for 2019 plans

The Connecticut Insurance Department announced Thursday that premiums for individual and small group plans can rise only about 3 percent on average in 2019, lower than the increases approved in recent years. Continue Reading →

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Medicaid transportation contractor improving, but complaints continue

Veyo has made some marked improvements in recent months, but the company hired to oversee the transportation of Medicaid patients continues to be criticized for its performance and has been fined several times by the state for contract violations. Continue Reading →

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CT files lawsuit after losing nearly $11M in ‘kickback pyramid scheme’

Connecticut is suing a Florida-based compounding pharmacy and several people, including former and current state employees, for their alleged involvement in a kickback pyramid scheme that cost the state nearly $11 million, Attorney General George Jepsen announced Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Outreach Bridging Racial Gap In Pregnancy-Related Health Outcomes

New Haven resident Kimberly Streater was pregnant with her third of six children when she called her friend for a ride to the hospital after sustaining a hit to her stomach by her then-husband. When she reached the hospital, Streater, not yet 28 weeks pregnant, alerted personnel that her baby was coming—now. “They said, ‘No, no, he’s not coming,’ after I told them he was,” she recalled. Minutes later, Howie was born at 3 pounds and 1.5 ounces in the admitting area of the hospital, just as Streater had predicted. Statistically, the preterm birth of Streater’s baby does not come as a surprise. Continue Reading →

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Dems warn insurers may deny coverage to sick people as Texas court takes up ACA case

WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers warned Wednesday of a “double whammy” that would obliterate the Affordable Care Act — a case being argued before a Texas judge that could result in a repeal of the health care law, and the likely confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Continue Reading →

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