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Panel endorses strategies to curb health costs, redesign care system

The recommendations are aimed at curbing health care costs, but some members of the state’s Health Care Cabinet wondered if they will be too expensive. Another key recommendation faces opposition from one of the agencies that would be charged with implementing it. Continue Reading →

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Hospitals ask feds to declare CT Medicaid rates, hospital tax illegal

Citing a host of job and program cuts and funding levels that threaten hospital viability and patients’ access to care, Connecticut hospitals have asked the federal government to declare that the state is violating federal law by paying inadequate rates for treating Medicaid patients and imposing a $556 million tax on the industry. Continue Reading →

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Charlotte Hungerford, Hartford HealthCare say they will partner

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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Introducing The Mirror’s Hospitals Database

On average, 78 percent of hospital beds in the state were filled during the 2014 fiscal year, and patients stayed an average of five days. Connecticut’s acute care hospitals earned an average margin of 6.22 percent that year. But averages don’t tell the full story about hospitals in Connecticut. This database is aimed at helping you dig deeper. Continue Reading →

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Nonpartisan analysts: Tentative CT budget wipes away lots of red ink

The tentative plan to close a $1 billion hole in Connecticut’s finances starting July 1 also would wipe away more than 40 percent of the red ink threatening state government after the November elections, nonpartisan fiscal analysts reported Tuesday evening. Continue Reading →

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Down to the wire on chances for a regular-session CT budget

Updated at 10:30 p.m.
Chances of a state budget deal before the legislative session ends Wednesday could hinge on whether negotiations – sparked by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s new budget proposal – bear fruit overnight Monday into Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Senate passes bill limiting doctor non-compete agreements

The Senate passed a proposal Wednesday to limit non-compete clauses in physician contracts and broaden the types of organizations that can employ doctors, a measure intended to address concerns among Senate leaders about doctors’ ability to remain in independent practice or return to it after joining a hospital system. Continue Reading →

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Middlesex Hospital gets approval for shoreline cancer treatment

This is A picture of an Elektra linear accelerator, included in Middlesex Hospital's certificate of need proposal.

Middlesex Hospital has reached a settlement with state regulators that will allow it to put a new piece of cancer treatment equipment in its shoreline clinic in Westbrook – a proposal that drew opposition from Yale-New Haven Hospital and sparked questions about the intersection of state regulation and health care competition. Continue Reading →

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State behind on funds to help troubled health care professionals

When Connecticut lawmakers raised the annual licensing fee for health care professionals by $5 last year, they assigned the additional money to go to a confidential assistance program for health care practitioners whose medical, mental health or substance abuse issues could prevent them from practicing safely. But so far, the program has yet to receive any of the money. Continue Reading →

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Legislature adopts bipartisan plan to close this year’s modest deficit

The General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a bipartisan plan Tuesday afternoon to close most or all of the current budget deficit, immediately shifting the legislature’s focus to a far larger projected shortfall for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
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Malloy orders more cuts as lawmakers vow to close deficit by April 1

While legislators committed Wednesday to close a $220 million hole in state finances by March 31, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy ordered $79 million in emergency cuts, two-thirds of which hit social service agencies and education. Continue Reading →

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

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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