CHA Hosts Meeting of the Connecticut HVIP Collaborative

CHA was glad to play host to the most recent meeting of the Connecticut Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs (HVIP) Collaborative, a partnership between Connecticut hospitals, frontline community agencies, and state leadership to promote evidence-based, violence- intervention methods.

Participating in the July meeting were Senator Chris Murphy, state Senator Marilyn Moore, state Representative Jillian Gilchrest, representatives from the Departments of Social Services and Public Health, representatives from The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (HAVI), and over 40 members of the Collaborative. 

During the meeting, participants discussed, among other things, how Connecticut is the first state in the nation to pursue a Medicaid covered benefit to fund community violence prevention services.  This move, that CHA strongly supports, is a means to enhance and support the work that Connecticut hospitals have been doing for years in collaboration with community partners.  

 

Kim Martone Appointed Acting Head of the Office of Health Strategy

Following the departure of Vicki Veltri as executive director of the Office of Health Strategy (OHS) in early July, Governor Lamont appointed Kim Martone as the Office’s acting executive director.  Prior to being appointed acting executive director, Martone served as the Office’s deputy director and chief of staff.  She has worked at OHS since its inception in 2018, and previously worked at the Department of Public Health’s Office of Health Access, before it was merged into OHS. 

Martone is known for her extensive expertise in Connecticut’s Certificate of Need process.

CHA looks forward to working with Kim in her new role.      

 

CMS Releases Calendar Year Outpatient Payment Rule

On July 15, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the Calendar Year (CY) 2023 Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System Proposed Rule.  CMS proposes to update OPPS payment rates for hospitals that meet applicable quality reporting requirements by 2.7%, an update based on a hospital market basket percentage increase of 3.1% minus a required 0.4% productivity adjustment. 

Notably, CMS said that it did not have time to amend the proposed rule to comply with the recent ruling by the Supreme Court invalidating CMS’s current practice of varying payment rates for outpatient drugs based on a hospital’s 340B status.  CMS acknowledges that the final rule will need to comply with the Supreme Court ruling.  The Agency also solicits comment on how to apply the Supreme Court’s decision to prior calendar years.      

As part of the rule, CMS is also advancing a proposal related to telehealth payment for behavioral health services provided by hospital staff to patients at their homes, seeking comment on the release of additional data related to healthcare mergers, acquisitions, consolidations and changes in ownership, and seeking comment on principles for measuring healthcare quality disparities across CMS quality programs.  

Comments are due to CMS by September 13.  CHA is thoroughly reviewing the rule and will be submitting comments.

 

CDC Issues Health Alert for Human Parechovirus

Citing reports the agency has received since May from providers in multiple states, including Connecticut, the CDC is advising clinicians and public health departments to be aware that parechovirus (PeV) is circulating in the United States.  PeVs are a group of four viruses known to cause a spectrum of diseases in children that can be particularly dangerous for newborns and infants less than three months old.  Symptoms in young infants include fever, rash, sepsis-like syndrome, or neurologic illness and the CDC is encouraging doctors to consider and test for PeV when encountering such symptoms without another known cause.  The viruses are spread through fecal-oral and respiratory routes and circulate in the summer and fall.  While there is no specific treatment for PeV infection, a positive diagnosis can influence management strategies and prevent further spread.

 

Education Updates

PROUD Enduring Recorded Sessions
On Demand
Virtual Sessions

As care providers, there is much to learn about helping families managing substance use disorders to be successful.  Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) includes an education series for healthcare and service providers, giving them tools to help individuals and families manage the many challenges they face.

The education series includes several recorded, one-hour sessions, open for a year from their recording date.  These sessions provide continuing education credit for a variety of professions, are free to participants (registration is necessary), and are available on demand to fit into busy schedules.

  • Click here to view and register for available sessions

 

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