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Trinity Health Of New England CEO, Reginald Eadie, M.D., Chosen to Co-Chair COVID-19 Vaccine Committee

In anticipation of a COVID-19 vaccine becoming available, Governor Ned Lamont announced on Monday, September 21, the creation of a statewide advisory group tasked with “optimizing a statewide vaccine distribution strategy” and conveying critical medical information about the vaccine to state residents.  Reginald Eadie, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health Of New England, will lead the advisory group, alongside Deidre Gifford, M.D., acting Department of Public Health Commissioner. 

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RAND Hospital Price Transparency Study Released

On Friday, September 18, the RAND Corporation issued Round 3 of its National Hospital Price Transparency Study.  The study concludes that prices paid to hospitals nationally during 2018 by private payers averaged 247% of what Medicare would have paid.  Unfortunately, the study’s premise, that what Medicare pays for patient care is reasonable payment, is deeply flawed. 

 

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CMS Issues Urgent Call to Action Following Drastic Drop in Care for Children

On Wednesday, September 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report, based on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) data, indicating an alarming drop in a variety of important children’s healthcare services during the first several months of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Confirming what doctors and other health experts have been observing, CMS shared data from March 2020 to May 2020 indicating a 22 percent decline in infant vaccinations (up to age two), 44 percent fewer child screening services to assess physical and cognitive development issues, and 69 percent fewer dental services.  Medicaid and CHIP cover nearly 40 million children, including three quarters of children living in poverty and many with special healthcare needs.

 

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