medical errorState Measure Errors In Connecticut Hospitals

HARTFORD: Good news from the Connecticut Department of Public Health, errors or what they call “adverse events” in hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers were down in 2015.

There were however 465 such adverse events and according to the data mostly occur [85%] within four medical treatment areas. (1) stage 3-4 or unstageable pressure ulcers acquired after admission to a healthcare facility, (2) falls resulting in serious disability or death, (3) perforations during open, laparoscopic, and/or endoscopic procedures, and (4) retention of foreign objects in patients after surgery.  

Fifty-two percent of reported adverse events occurred in males and 48% in females. The majority of reports [56.8%] concerned patients over the age of 65 years, but a full 40% were patients 15-64.

connecticareFARMINGTON: Just a month after threatening to pull out of Access CT, Connecticut’s Health Care Exchange. ConnectiCare revealed a new and for a health insurance company in Connecticut a highly unusual sales channel.

ConnectiCare has opened a flagship 6000 square foot standalone retail center in Manchester, the first by a health insurer in the state and is locating three other locations within medical centers.

“The impetus for taking this step came from listening to our customers,” said David Gordon, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Innovation at ConnectiCare, adding  “the key thing that we consistently heard was how they want a choice in how they engage with us. We felt that this was a way of addressing that need.”

Customers can purchase their insurance at the stores.

Hartford: Cases of Tuberculosis have decreasing in the nation and Connecticut since 1990,with the low hitting in 2013. Things have stated to change with a leveling nationally and a significant rise in Connecticut.

 According to the Connecticut Department of Public Health Connecticut saw a 17% rise between 2013 and 2015 from 60 to 70 cases of “active TB.” The cause of the rise has in Connecticut has not been determined yet,. Drug resistant bacteria are considered to be a cause outside the US and TB is a significant health issue in India, China, Mexico and the Philippines. 

Best electric cars 2016HARTFORD: Connecticut is providing an additional $2.7 million in new funding to continue the consumer rebate program launched last year to promote the sale of electric vehicles (EVs).

Health and clean air advocates are breathing a little easier. With the expansion of the Connecticut Hydrogen and Electric Automobile Purchase Rebate Program – known as “CHEAPR”. The program provides a cash rebate for residents, businesses and municipalities that purchase or lease a battery-electric (BEV), fuel cell (FCEV) or plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV). FCEVs receive the largest rebate of $5,000, while PHEVs and BEVs receive incentives ranging from $750 to $3,000, based on battery size.

According to the American Lung Association Connecticut could benefit to the tune of $1.3 billion in annual saving for health and “environmental ‘damage.”

ANSONIA: BHCare received two-year grants from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven for $75,000 and the Valley Community Foundation also for $75,000 to support its affiliation with the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center. 

They will use this funding to integrate care for Valley families and to increase the services of children in the Greater New Haven and Shoreline communities.

These organizations collaborate to create a comprehensive system of child, adolescent, teen and adult care struggling with mental illness and/or addiction. Parents and children have access to on-site services at the same time while the families receive the support that they need in order to move forward. If certain clients of the PCRC system start to age out of children’s services, they will still remain in the same system so they don’t “fall through the cracks.”

richard photoNEW HAVEN: Richard D’Aquila has been named president of Yale New Haven Health Systems (YNHHS). D’Aguila remains in his current role as president of Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH). D’Aquila is expected to expand his role to “collaborate with local healthcare providers and hospitals to enhance access to specialty medical care in local communities across Connecticut.”

Marna Borgstrom, CEO YNHHS and YNHH, explained his suitability for the task, saying “Rick has led the team of talented physicians and leaders who built these services and is uniquely qualified to oversee the expansion of these services going forward.”

HAMDEN: Connecticut Orthopaedic Specialists has opened an occupational medicine program, OccNow, to provide more immediate walk-in style “services to employers across multiple industries; providing services such as pre-employment exams, CDL testing, injury care management and many more.”

The facilities are currently located in the practice’s OrthoNOW suite located at 2416 Whitney Ave., Hamden, but is expected to expand to its OrthoNow locations in Branford and Orange.

The hours of operation for this program are 8am - 4pm, Monday-Friday. There continue to be extended hours for occupational injury care management with weeknight and weekend hours. 

A cloud technology project that tracks a patient’s whole body statistics is being piloted at two facilities nationally, including Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington. 

BIO is a cloud-based software collects details about nutrition, wellness and medical conditions and matches the individual’s details up against “existing medical knowledge, expert opinions and diagnostics” as well as a network of physicians, dietitians, life coaches and communities.