Feds Penalize Hospitals For Inflection Rates

The federal government is penalizing more than 700 hospitals across the country for having high rates of hospital acquired infections. In Connecticut, 14 hospitals are facing the penalty and consequently losing millions of dollars. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes provisions intended not only to improve access to healthcare but also to improve healthcare itself.  According to the law, hospitals that do the worst get penalized and lose one percent of their Medicare payments over the course of the year.

In Connecticut, 45 percent of hospitals in the program were penalized – among the highest rates in the nation. However, some hospitals that were penalized, including Yale-New Haven Hospital, argue that the federal government’s specific data set has problems. Yale’s leaders believe that hospitals like theirs have improved and that the data does not take important factors, such as hospitals with higher rates of less healthy patients, into account. However, unless lawmakers decide to strip the provision in the health law, the penalty will remain and come back again next year.

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Docs Test Google Glass

Google Glass is more than meets the eye. They look like any ordinary pair of spectacles but are equipped with a small camera for video and photos with a screen displayed in the upper right hand corner that has the same features as a smart phone. Yale-New Haven and Hartford Hospital have received the devices in hopes of improving communication in the emergency department to help save lives. They are currently using Google Glass inside of simulation centers where they practice on mannequins before they advance to using it in an actual procedure.

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CT Hospitals Rank Among Nation’s Best

Becker’s Hospital Review has released its 2013 annual list of 100 Great Hospitals awarded to organizations which routinely display innovation in the areas of medical treatment, research, technology and delivery of care.

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Yale, St. Raphael’s Detail Plans For Merger

HMS Healthcare Management SolutionsThe proposed merger of Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Hospital of Saint Raphael, received by the Office of Health Care Access (OHCA) earlier this month, lays out an ambitious merger plan that would spare Yale-New Haven the expense of constructing a fifth “bed tower,” estimated to take five years and cost about $400 million. It also would provide St. Raphael’s with both financial stability and the retention of its Catholic directives for reproductive services and end-of-life care.

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