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Dr. Rohit Bhalla, Stamford Health, Takes Part in Governor’s Bill Signing of Legislation Modernizing State Procurement Process and Digital Government Initiatives

On Monday, July 19, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law a bill that will “cut red tape and remove outdated bureaucratic practices” that stifle the ability to do business in Connecticut.  The Governor noted how the pandemic has emphasized the importance of business relationships and operational processes, particularly the synergies between government, healthcare, business, and nonprofit communities that worked together to pull the state through the public health emergency.

 

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Blood Shortage Center Stage at Joint Red Cross/CHA News Conference

As the nation continues to experience a severe shortage in the blood supply this summer, the Red Cross and the Connecticut Hospital Association teamed up to host a news conference urging Connecticut residents to roll up their sleeves and donate.  Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz joined speakers at the Red Cross’ Farmington Blood Center to encourage donation, citing residents’ willingness to pitch in in times of need and pointing to our successful response to the pandemic over the past year and a half.

 

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CMS OPPS Rule Includes Payment Boost, Higher Penalties for Price Transparency Noncompliance

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the Calendar Year 2022 Outpatient Prospective Payment System proposed rule that would increase Medicare hospital outpatient payments by a net 2.3% in calendar year 2022 compared to 2021. 

In addition, CMS proposes to reverse two policies finalized in CY 2021.  The first proposed policy would halt the elimination of the inpatient only list.  The second would reinstate several patient safety criteria for adding a procedure to the ambulatory surgical center covered procedures list that were in place in CY 2020 and prior. 

 

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CHA and Other Hospital Associations to Submit Amicus Brief on 340B Case to be Heard by U.S. Supreme Court

CHA will join an amicus brief on the importance of the 340B program in providing critical access to medications for underserved communities.  Hospitals are in the best position to describe the breadth and depth of the impact of the program in providing access equity at the local level.

 

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