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Connecticut’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers Get Mixed Ratings

May 26, 2016
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Connecticut’s Ambulatory Surgery Centers Get Mixed Ratings

By Lisa Chedekel Connecticut’s outpatient surgery centers fare well in preventing patient falls and wrong-site surgeries, compared to national rates, but poorly in avoiding patient burns and in ensuring that surgical patients get intravenous antibiotics, new federal data show. In addition, many of the state’s 45 Medicare-certified centers perform significantly more surgical procedures than...

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Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care

May 25, 2016
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Connecticut Nursing Homes Fined Following Lapses In Care

Four nursing homes were recently fined by the state in connection with incidents in which residents were hospitalized, fell, broke a bone or were burned. On May 6, Sharon Health Care Center was fined $2,320 in connection with two residents who were burned when...

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Ct Lawmakers Press For Thorough Review Of Two Health Insurance Mergers

May 25, 2016
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Ct Lawmakers Press For Thorough Review Of Two Health Insurance Mergers

By Patricia Daddona Seventeen lawmakers are asking the state’s insurance commissioner for a fair and thorough review of two pending colossal health insurance mergers and a study on how they could affect Connecticut jobs. “The proposed Anthem–Cigna and Aetna–Humana mergers are likely to have...

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Connecticut’s Health Insurance Co-Op Predicts Profit In 2017

May 24, 2016
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Connecticut’s Health Insurance Co-Op Predicts Profit In 2017

By Cara Rosner Over a dozen of the cooperative health insurers that started under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have failed, but leaders of Connecticut’s co-op say it is on track to turn a profit next year. “We’re very...

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Ct Nursing Board Disciplines 13 Nurses

May 20, 2016
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Ct Nursing Board Disciplines 13 Nurses

By Kate Farrish The Board of Examiners for Nursing has recently disciplined 13 nurses, and in nearly all of the cases, the nurses were abusing drugs or alcohol that affected their ability to practice. After a hearing this week,...

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Three Ct College Registered Nursing Programs Placed On Conditional Status

May 19, 2016
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Three Ct College Registered Nursing Programs Placed On Conditional Status

By Kate Farrish The state Board of Examiners for Nursing on Wednesday placed the registered nursing programs at three colleges on conditional status for one year because too many students have failed the R.N. licensing exam. The programs –...

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Connecticut Hospital Inspection Reports Now Available On C-HIT

May 18, 2016
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Connecticut Hospital Inspection Reports Now Available On C-HIT

By Lisa Chedekel Lapses in cleanliness, infection-control procedures and in the treatment of patients with behavioral health problems were among the most common violations found in Connecticut hospitals inspected by the state health department in 2015, reports collected by...

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What’s Behind Dramatic Increase In Suicides Among Girls?

May 18, 2016
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What’s Behind Dramatic Increase In Suicides Among Girls?

By Susan Campbell The incidence of suicide in nearly all age groups has increased by 24 percent since 1999—and by 200 percent among girls between the ages of 10 and 14. Theories behind such astounding unprecedented increases, reported recently...

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Colleges Failing to Educate Students about Debt

May 18, 2016
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By LowCards.Com 71% of this year’s college graduates did not receive credit or debt management classes, even though 69% of them will have to pay back student loans after graduation, according to an Experian survey released today. On average, students...

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