Connecticut Legislature Votes to Extend Expanded Telehealth Coverage for Two Years

This week, the Connecticut House and Senate voted to extend for two years the expanded use of telehealth that has become so important in providing care during the pandemic.  Under the legislation, patients will continue to have the option to obtain a broad range of healthcare services, virtually, at a time and place that is convenient for them, eliminating common barriers to in-person care.  The legislation now heads to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. 

Meanwhile, at the federal level, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee held a hearing on the future of telehealth at the federal level.  Healthcare stakeholders are urging Congress to continue granting telehealth flexibilities to healthcare providers in an effort to best care for patients and increase access to care beyond the COVID-19 public health emergency. 

 

President’s American Families Plan Proposal Would Extend Marketplace Subsidies

President Biden’s $1.8 trillion legislative proposal for tax reforms and investments to support American families and workers was released last week.  With respect to healthcare, the American Families Plan would make permanent an American Rescue Plan Act provision that increased both the number of people eligible for health insurance marketplace subsidies and the amount of those subsidies.  The administration says the plan also would invest in maternal health, support families of veterans receiving healthcare services, and create a national paid family and medical leave program.

 

 

CHA Hosts Education Series on a Family-Centered Approach to Serving Individuals With Substance Use Disorder

Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) is a statewide project, funded by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, that includes a multipart education series provided by the Connecticut Hospital Association, in conjunction with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.  PROUD education provides current information and techniques to healthcare professionals on how to sensitively address the issues faced by individuals in recovery and their families.

Recovery from Substance Use Disorder is a lifelong process. Understanding what is involved in living with an individual in recovery can help family members and care providers be better prepared to assist with and support recovery and decrease the chance of relapse.

The series includes live, virtual sessions through early July, with recorded sessions available to view for a full year.  Sessions are free and most offer continuing education credit.  Click here for a full listing of program details and links to registration.  

 

Education Updates

Substance Misuse Prevention and Responsible Opioid Prescribing—the Role of the Dentist
Wednesday, June 2, 2021 6:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Virtual Session

This session for dental health professionals is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) Series offered by CHA. Compassion for patients is of utmost importance—balancing this compassion with social responsibility is of equal importance. In the context of opioid prescribing, social responsibility involves safeguarding patients, their families, and society against drug misuse, abuse, diversion, substance use disorders, and drug overdose.

This presentation will discuss the responsibility of dental clinicians in combating the current opioid epidemic through understanding the development of substance use disorders, screening patients for opioid misuse risks, and adopting sound and socially responsible opioid prescribing guidelines and policies.

There is no fee for this event.

  • Click here to register for this Wednesday, June 2 session

 

High Reliability at the Sharp End
Wednesdays, through June 16, 2021 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Virtual Sessions

This important unit-specific training series is focused on clinical areas where high reliability practice is critical.  High Reliability at the Sharp End will cover Intensive Care Units, Peri-operative Services, Labor and Birthing, Emergency Departments, and Ambulatory Services.  The series is designed in three parts, with each specialty covered in successive weeks.  The first part has just concluded and the second and third parts are open for registration as indicated below.

Each session in the series, which will be held from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., will provide continuing education credits, and will be recorded. 

Please note: Continuing education credits are awarded only to those who attend the live sessions, and not to those who view the recordings.

These sessions are offered only to CHA HRO members.

High Reliability Training: Healing the Workforce

Part two of the series focuses on worker safety and examines how high reliability practices and principles can keep workplaces safe.  Attendees will learn about high reliability tools, behaviors, and practices that are specific to worker safety in their area of their healthcare organization. 

  • For Ambulatory High Reliability Training: Worker Safety, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 12 session 

High Reliability Training: Patient and Family Engagement

Part three of the series focuses on patient and family engagement and how high reliability practices and principles can be used to keep patients satisfied, engaged, and activated.  Attendees will learn about high reliability tools, behaviors, and practices that are specific to patient and family engagement in their area of their healthcare organization.

  • For ICU High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 19 session 
  • For Peri-op High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, May 26 session 
  • For Labor and Birthing High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 2 session 
  • For Emergency Department High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 9 session 
  • For Ambulatory High Reliability Training: Patient Family Engagement, click here to register for the Wednesday, June 16 session

 

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