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CSMS Awarded CT Health Grant

The Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) awarded the Connecticut State Medical Society a one-year $76,625 grant for an initiative to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in 30-day hospital readmission rates.The grant enables CSMS to continue its research in racial and ethnic readmission disparities. This initiative will be primarily focused on two conditions: uncomplicated childbirth and joint replacement surgery.   

Yale med students, volunteers commit to caring

Yale medical students and CSMS members Isha Di Bartolo, Nicole Krenitsky, Ian McConnell, and Bobby Rosen were profiled in a recent New Haven Register story about the Haven Free Clinic.Haven Free Clinic reinforces the idea that health care is not one-way. By giving, the students receive benefits to carry with them through their careers. “For all of us, the reason why we go to clinic on Saturday is we get something, too,” said Bobby Rosen, a second-year medical student. “That’s why I think relationship is really the right word. … You also benefit from forming a meaningful bond with someone …

DeLauro, Blumenthal - New Medicare Advantage Bill

(North Haven, CT - 6/27/14) -- A new Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights has been formally introduced in the US House by Connecticut Representative Rosa DeLauro. The Senate version of the bill was introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, along with Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal.Medicare Advantage Participant Bill of Rights Act (full text)In addition to working with the American Medical Association and PAI, CSMS physician leaders have been in contact with the Connecticut Congressional delegation since the cuts were first announced in October 2013. Sen. Blumenthal held a Hartford field hearing on the issue in January, and invited …

Indoor tanning leads to early skin cancer

CSMS member Jeffrey Salomon, MD was quoted in this WFSB story about the dangers of indoor tanning for teens and young adults. Dr. Salomon is an assistant clinical professor of plastic surgery at Yale University School of Medicine.  

CT Emergency Preparedness Exercise

Connecticut just completed a statewide emergency preparedness exercise that allowed the state, local municipalities, utility companies and the private sector to enhance readiness and disaster preparedness, including mass care planning, in advance of the Connecticut’s hurricane season. The exercise, which simulated a Category 1 hurricane, took place on Saturday, June 21 and Monday, June 23.Gov. Malloy's office issued a press release about the 2-day exercise, and the Governor's remarks are available on CT-N News.Physicians can find additional disaster preparedness information on the CSMS website.

Administrative Simplification Initiatives

Learn more about Administrative Simplification initiatives and how they can simplify your practice at this CMS e-Health webinar on Thursday, June 26 from noon - 1:30 pm.Join subject matter experts from CMS and The Electronic Payments Association (NACHA) to hear about: Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Remittance Advice (ERA) Operating Rules Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network Health care EFT Standard Resources and Additional Information Q&ASpace is limited, so register now to secure your spot for this informative webinar. Previous webinar presentations and recordings can be accessed on the Resources page of the CMS eHealth website. 

Two Local Doctors Try New Model

CSMS members Thomas Blum, MD and Domenic Casablanca, MD were interviewed in The Day: Two local doctors try new model to offer 'customized, enhanced primary care'.  

Physicians Foundation Releases New ACA Report

The Physicians Foundation recently released Part II of their ACA Critical Issues white paper series, Beyond the Horizon into 2015.The white paper is organized into three chapters: The ACA: CBO Speaks, Shadow of the Mid-Term Elections, and Assessing the Initial Coverage Rollout The ACA: The Changing American Healthcare Marketplace Select Issues for Physicians in Private Medical PracticeACA Critical Issues - Part I "From Theory to Boots on the Ground"ACA Critical Issues - Part II "Beyond the Horizon into 2015"The Physicians Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to advance the work of practicing physicians and to help facilitate the delivery …

Anthem Provider Update

Anthem recently released information regarding payment for ACA-Compliant Individual and Small Group Claims. In response to concerns about the length of time needed to process these claims, Anthem has taken several steps: Expedited professional claims processing for their other products in an effort to maintain provider cash flow, and increased the frequency of professional remittances. The insurer will notify providers in advance when they plan to return to weekly remittances. All payments will include prompt pay interest as required by State or Federal law.Additional information is available on the Anthem website.

CT Senators Helping Physicians Affected by Identity Theft

(North Haven, CT) – In a letter released today, Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy requested a briefing on the physician ID theft investigation from the Director of the US Secret Service and the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.Noting that physicians are not only “vital healthcare providers in their communities but also small businesses,” the Senators offered their continued assistance to the Connecticut State Medical Society (CSMS), as well as to the Secret Service and the Internal Revenue Service, during the investigation. Senators Blumenthal and Murphy also recognized the efforts of the Connecticut State Medical Society in actively …

Antimicrobial Stewardship

A Call to Action for Connecticut PhysiciansThe Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) has issued a call to action to Connecticut physicians, urging a new approach to reducing the number of antibiotic-resistant infections in our state.National and international experts recognize resistance to antibiotics and other antimicrobials as a serious public health threat. CT DPH Commissioner Jewel Mullen, MD urges her fellow physicians to take action and establish effective antimicrobial stewardship programs. In particular, she notes the importance of educating your patients about the importance of judicious appropriate antibiotic use. View the full CT DPH document here: Antimicrobial Stewardship - …

Identity Theft Tax Scam Targets CT Docs

CSMS members: Click here for more information on the identity theft tax fraud investigation, and how you can protect yourself and your practice.Please note: CSMS is not contacting members by phone about this issue. CSMS staff members are only placing calls in response to member-initiated contact. If you receive an unsolicited call from someone claiming to be a CSMS staff person, do not provide any information.CSMS has heard from nearly three dozen Connecticut physicians reporting concerns about a multistate identity theft tax scam. The scam, which first surfaced last month in a number of states, involves using physician names, addresses …