The number of people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped by 23 Tuesday. A total of 3,041 people have now died.
Federal bailout money won’t be enough to make up for revenue that has vanished since the pandemic began.
The number of patients hospitalized with coronavirus jumped by three dozen people to a total of 1,500 on Tuesday.
Continued decline in the number of hospitalized, but fatalities rose by 79 — bringing the death toll to 2,168.
With hospitalizations falling for five straight days, officials are preparing Connecticut for what an easing of restrictions might mean.
As of Friday, 173 people are hospitalized in Connecticut with COVID-19 while hospital vacancy statewide is at 39 percent.
The number of known COVID-19 cases climbed by nearly 42% Wednesday as officials warned that some supplies are running low.
The state’s limited testing could hamper its ability to slow the spread of the disease, experts say.
Nine of the 16 health systems in Connecticut ended 2017 in the black, according to a report by the state Office of Health Strategy. Collectively, the systems took in about $14.2 billion in the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, 2017. After expenses, this left about $580 million — a 4 percent total margin.
Connecticut state officials heard a renewed call on Tuesday for legislative action to avoid another disruption in health care like the one caused by the seven-week contract standoff between Hartford HealthCare and Anthem.
Consumer advocates said Thursday the impact of a prolonged contract dispute between a major insurer and healthcare provider, Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Hartford HealthCare, has been exacerbated by the rapid consolidation of hospitals, physician groups and clinics in Connecticut. In eastern Connecticut, they said, there is a “dead zone” of coverage.
Hartford HealthCare and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield failed to renew their contract this weekend, meaning that many Connecticut residents will face higher out-of-pocket costs for the health network’s services. The two sides said they are willing to continue negotiations.
Many in health care say joining larger systems is key to small hospitals’ survival. But some policymakers are wary of the trend, saying it can raise prices without necessarily improving quality. And leaders of the state’s few remaining independent community hospitals say their organizations are facing stresses that could jeopardize their viability.
Would you buy a health plan that covered fewer hospitals and doctors if the premiums were 10 percent less? So-called narrow-network plans haven’t had much traction in Connecticut, but some think that’s likely to change.
With the potential for major changes in federal health care policy looming, hospital leaders are watching closely, worried especially that cuts to Medicaid could bring a big financial hit and that a repeal of Obamacare could raise the number of uninsured Connecticut residents.