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Clinicians, Experts Team Up for C-HIT Forum On Women’s Addiction, Recovery

March 13, 2017
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Clinicians, Experts Team Up for C-HIT Forum On Women’s Addiction, Recovery

By Cara Rosner Connecticut has seen a continued rise in opioid-related addiction among women, with more than 420 women dying of drug overdoses in 2015 and 2016. To address the crisis and stir community discussion about prevention, intervention and treatment, the Conn. Health I-Team, in collaboration with Wheeler Clinic, will host a free community...

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Connecticut DCF Routinely Takes Custody Of Kids With “Specialized Needs”: Data

October 28, 2016
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Connecticut DCF Routinely Takes Custody Of Kids With “Specialized Needs”: Data

By Lisa Chedekel The state has taken custody of more than 860 children since 2011 because their families could not access or provide “specialized care” for their mental health or physical conditions, according to judicial department data. The data show that the Department of Children and Families (DCF) has regularly used “uncared for” petitions,...

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Connecticut Nursing Board Recommends Disciplining Nurse Following Baby’s Death

October 21, 2016
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Connecticut Nursing Board Recommends Disciplining Nurse Following Baby’s Death

 By Kate Farrish The state Board of Examiners for Nursing has recommended disciplining an East Hartford nurse for her actions when a 13-month-old girl she was caring for in Manchester stopped breathing and died in 2014. A June 14 investigative report concluded that licensed practical nurse Shirley A. Powell failed to provide rescue breathing...

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Drug Company Falsely Claimed Connecticut Patients Had Cancer, Feds Allege

October 18, 2016
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Drug Company Falsely Claimed Connecticut Patients Had Cancer, Feds Allege

By Lisa Chedekel  A former executive of Insys Therapeutics has been criminally charged for leading a special “reimbursement unit” at the company that defrauded insurers into paying for a potent opioid pain medication by falsely claiming patients had cancer and other conditions needed for pre-approval. Elizabeth Gurrieri, a former manager of reimbursement services for...

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