Inpatient Mental Health Coverage Rare For Connecticut Insurance Plans

February 11, 2017
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Inpatient Mental Health Coverage Rare For Connecticut Insurance Plans

By Lisa Chedekel February 9, 2017 The state’s top insurers were more likely to approve claims for mental health services in 2015 than the year before, but rates of rejection for residential care remained high, a new state report shows. About 6.4 percent of claims for mental health services were rejected by eight top...

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Proposed Connecticut Bill Would End ‘Custody For Care’

February 8, 2017
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Proposed Connecticut Bill Would End ‘Custody For Care’

By Lisa Chedekel State officials and parent advocates gave different versions Tuesday of how often, and why, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) takes custody of children with severe behavioral health problems – and whether the practice should continue. Advocates, including a group of adoptive parents, told the legislature’s Committee on Children that...

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Mix Of Connecticut Programs Helping Low-Income Families Build Healthy Eating Habits

January 26, 2017
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Mix Of Connecticut Programs Helping Low-Income Families Build Healthy Eating Habits

By Colleen Shaddox Connecticut doctors and health care workers are battling childhood obesity by helping low-income families make healthier food choices, and coaching busy parents on fast but healthy ways to feed their children. Children are more likely to be obese if they grow up in low-income families, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control...

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Derby Nurse’s Sentencing Delayed Until July

January 25, 2017
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Derby Nurse’s Sentencing Delayed Until July

By Lisa Chedekel A federal judge has agreed to a six-month delay in sentencing a Derby nurse who pleaded guilty to accepting kickbacks in exchange for prescribing a powerful opioid painkiller because she is cooperating in “numerous ongoing criminal investigations,” according to court records. U.S. District Judge Michael Shea approved a Jan. 17 agreement...

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Protein Sciences Struggles For Market Share Of Flu Vaccine

January 23, 2017
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Protein Sciences Struggles For Market Share Of Flu Vaccine

By Cara Rosner Almost four years after Protein Sciences began selling its innovative flu vaccine, the Meriden company still struggles to gain a foothold in a marketplace dominated by pharmaceutical powerhouses. Orders for Flublok – the only flu vaccine not derived from eggs – remain well below company goals, and officials haven’t been able...

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Despite High Price, IBM Finds Apple Computers a Bargain Because of Reliability

January 22, 2017
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Apple computers are more expensive to buy than PCs, but IBM says they come with less problems according to RESCUECOM’s Annual 2017 Computer Reliability Report. “Every Mac we buy is in fact continuing to make and save IBM money,” says Fletcher Previn, VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM. Apple’s high reliability may...

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Connecticut Disciplines Three Nurses

January 19, 2017
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Connecticut Disciplines Three Nurses

By Kate Farrish The state Board of Examiners for Nursing on Wednesday disciplined three nurses, including one who dealt in anabolic steroids. In the steroid case, the board fined RN Michael Mase of New Milford $3,000 and placed his license on probation for a year. He has said he started using steroids in connection...

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New Strain On State Nursing Homes: Keep Patients Out Of Hospitals

January 17, 2017
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New Strain On State Nursing Homes: Keep Patients Out Of Hospitals

By Lisa Chedekel 11 hours ago At the Fresh River Healthcare nursing home in East Windsor, the chance that a short-stay patient will end up back in the hospital within 30 days of arriving at the facility is less than eight percent. Meanwhile, 12 miles away at the Greensprings Healthcare and Rehabilitation nursing home...

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FBI Reaches Out For Victims Of Subsys Scheme

January 10, 2017
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FBI Reaches Out For Victims Of Subsys Scheme

By Lisa Chedekel In an unusual move, the FBI is reaching out publicly to patients who were prescribed the powerful narcotic medication Subsys, which federal agents allege was improperly dispensed by practitioners across the country, including a nurse in Derby. In a posting on its Victim Assistance Program website, the FBI asks people who...

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