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Connecticut Prepares To Tighten Prescription Monitoring

June 24, 2016
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Connecticut Prepares To Tighten Prescription Monitoring

By Lisa Chedekel Connecticut’s shift next month from weekly to “real-time” reporting of prescriptions for opioids and other controlled substances is an effective way to help stem opioid-related deaths, a new study suggests. Researchers from Vanderbilt University who analyzed states’ prescription drug monitoring programs – central databases that log controlled substances dispensed to patients...

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Yale Study: Clinicians Often Overlook Veterans’ Mental Health Disorders

June 23, 2016
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Yale Study: Clinicians Often Overlook Veterans’ Mental Health Disorders

By Cara Rosner Nationally, at least one in five military veterans who experience trauma are at a heightened risk for depression, suicide or substance abuse but are often overlooked in clinical settings because they don’t fit the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according...

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Four Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined For Lapses In Care

June 22, 2016
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Four Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined For Lapses In Care

By Kate Farrish Four nursing homes have been fined by the state in connection with residents who broke bones, required surgery or wandered away. In two separate citations on April 8, Cassena Care at Norwalk was fined a total of $5,370 for a case...

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Connecticut Medical Board Disciplines Six Doctors

June 22, 2016
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Connecticut Medical Board Disciplines Six Doctors

By Kate Farrish The state Medical Examining Board on Tuesday disciplined six doctors, including fining a Norwalk doctor $5,000 for prescribing high doses of opioids to a prison inmate and other patients without proper safeguards. The board also suspended...

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Six Things To Know About Ticks And Lyme Disease

June 20, 2016
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Six Things To Know About Ticks And Lyme Disease

By Colleen Shaddox This year 97 percent of blacklegged ticks, commonly known as deer ticks, survived the Connecticut winter and are hungry for blood as temperatures warm. These arachnids transmit bacteria that cause Lyme disease and are likely thriving...

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Derby Nurse Cooperating In Broadening Federal Probe

June 17, 2016
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Derby Nurse Cooperating In Broadening Federal Probe

By Lisa Chedekel A Derby nurse who admitted taking kickbacks from a drug company that makes the powerful opioid painkiller Subsys is cooperating with federal investigators, who recently charged two drug company employees with violating kickback laws, court documents...

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Connecticut Board Revokes Licenses Of Four Nurses, Disciplines Eight Others

June 16, 2016
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Connecticut Board Revokes Licenses Of Four Nurses, Disciplines Eight Others

By Kate Farrish The state Board of Examiners for Nursing has revoked the licenses of four nurses and disciplined eight other nurses, with all but one of the cases connected to alcohol or drug abuse. Meeting in Hartford on...

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Watch Out For Utility Scams In Connecticut

June 15, 2016
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Utility scams are on the rise again according to the Department of Consumer Protection.  As we move into summer, and increase our usage of air conditioning, scammers are taking advantage of individual consumers and businesses by scaring them into...

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Branford Psychiatrist Agrees To Give Up Medical Licens

June 13, 2016
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Branford Psychiatrist Agrees To Give Up Medical Licens

By Kate Farrish A Branford child psychiatrist who paid $30,000 to settle a Medicaid fraud allegation with the state last year has agreed to give up his medical license when it expires Aug. 31. On May 24, the state...

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