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Federal Report Finds Wide Disparities Among Medicare Recipients

May 1, 2016
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Federal Report Finds Wide Disparities Among Medicare Recipients

By Lisa Chedekel Blacks and Hispanics are less likely than whites to get flu vaccines, have a preventive health care visit, or receive follow-up care after being hospitalized for a mental health disorder, according to a first-of-its kind federal report that looks at health disparities among people on Medicare Advantage plans. “While these data...

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Orange Hospice Facility Ordered To Hire Consultant, Fined

April 28, 2016
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Orange Hospice Facility Ordered To Hire Consultant, Fined

By Cara Rosner The state has fined an Orange hospice facility $2,500 and ordered it to bring in an independent nurse consultant after inspections at the facility last year uncovered nearly two dozen violations. Compassus – Greater Connecticut entered into a consent order with...

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Life In Italy ‘Devastating’ For Deported Ct Army Veteran

April 25, 2016
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Life In Italy ‘Devastating’ For Deported Ct Army Veteran

By Peggy McCarthy From his kitchen table in Italy via Skype, deported U.S. Army veteran Arnold Giammarco said the years apart from his family have been “devastating.”“It’s tough,” said Giammarco, a legal non-citizen veteran of the Army and National Guard, during a Skype interview...

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New Report Cites Long Wait Times For VA Primary Care

April 20, 2016
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New Report Cites Long Wait Times For VA Primary Care

By Lisa Chedekel Some newly enrolled veterans seeking a primary care appointment at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wait more than 90 days before they see a provider, and the agency’s way of calculating wait times understates them,...

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Nearly One-Fifth of Millennials’ Salaries Spent on Student Loan Repayments

April 18, 2016
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By LowCards.com College graduates with student loans spend nearly one-fifth (18%) of their salaries on student loan payments, according to new research from Citizens Bank. 60% of these graduates, aged 35 and under, expect to be paying student loans into their 40s....

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Critics Of Opioid Overprescribing Take Aim At Hospital Surveys

April 16, 2016
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Critics Of Opioid Overprescribing Take Aim At Hospital Surveys

By Lisa Chedekel More than 60 medical experts, state health directors and advocacy groups have asked federal Medicare officials to remove questions related to pain treatment from hospital patient surveys that are used to rate hospital quality, saying such...

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Seven Ct Nursing Homes Fined For Injuries

April 13, 2016
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Seven Ct Nursing Homes Fined For Injuries

By Kate Farrish Seven nursing homes have been fined at least $1,200 in connection with residents who were verbally abused or who suffered cuts or broken bones. The state Department of Public Health (DPH) fined Madison House in Madison...

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Low-Income Diabetics Paying High Price For Insulin

April 11, 2016
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Low-Income Diabetics Paying High Price For Insulin

By Gary Stoller The high cost of insulin, which has risen by triple-digit percentages in the last five years, is endangering the lives of many diabetics who can’t afford the price tag, say Connecticut physicians who treat diabetics. The...

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Stamford, Shelton Nursing Homes Fined Following Deaths

April 7, 2016
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Stamford, Shelton Nursing Homes Fined Following Deaths

By Kate Farrish A Stamford nursing home has been fined $5,160 in connection with its handling of emergency procedures when a resident died in January. And a Shelton nursing home was fined $3,000 in connection with a resident who...

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