In-depth journalism.
In your home state.
In your inbox.

Sign up for CT Mirror's free daily briefings.

Success! You're on the list.
Posted inHealth

Hospitals take lessons from the “happiest place on earth”

With plans to tie hospitals’ Medicare payments to patient satisfaction beginning next year, some hospitals are seeking advice from The Walt Disney Co., Phil Galewitz reports for Kasier Health News. At least 25 hospitals have signed multi-year consulting agreements with the entertainment giant, and some are sending employees to Disney World for a firsthand look […]

Posted inHealth, Money

Report: Connecticut residents provide 465 million hours of unpaid care to relatives

Connecticut residents spent 465 million hours serving as unpaid caregivers in 2009, providing care to family members that would have cost $5.8 billion if it had to be provided by paid workers, according to estimates in a report released Monday. The report, “Valuing the Invaluable: The Growing Contributions and Costs of Family Caregiving, 2011 Update,” […]

Posted inHealth, Money

CT AARP joins debt ceiling lobbying fray

A phalanx of AARP staffers and volunteers, including two from Connecticut, fanned out across Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby lawmakers against making changes to Social Security or Medicare in any debt-ceiling deal. The goal was straightforward, if not a political bank shot: “To get Social Security and Medicare off the table in the discussions about […]

Posted inHealth, Money

Malloy signs bill inspired by Rockville birthing center closure

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has signed a bill requiring hospitals to get state approval before eliminating inpatient or outpatient services, reversing a change made last year. The bill was inspired by the closure of the birthing center at Rockville General Hospital last year, which occurred without a public approval process. Previously, hospitals seeking to terminate […]

Posted inHealth, Money

Medicare officials will fix error that could have cost CT hospitals $30 million

The federal Medicare and Medicaid agency has agreed to correct a $30 million mistake how it calculates payments to Connecticut hospitals. The Connecticut Hospital Association first caught the error, a provision in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ complex reimbursement rules. The CHA determined that the error would have cost one hospital in Rep. […]