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CT's Health Information Exchange Now Has 25 Participants; Data Flow Testing is Underway
Hartford – Office of Health Strategy (OHS) Executive Director Vicki Veltri and Jenn Searls, Executive Director of the Health Information Alliance, Inc., dba Connie, jointly announced today that Connie, Connecticut’s health information exchange, has secured participation by twenty-five healthcare providers, including two of the state’s largest hospital systems, the largest provider group, and the state’s Medicaid administrative services organization.
OHS Awarded Office of Minority Health Grant
OHS awarded Office of Minority Health grant to improve maternal mortality and morbidity, and nutrition and diabetes mitigation.
OHS Releases Annual Facility Fee Trend Report
(HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) today released the Annual Report on the State’s Facility Fee Trends. The Facility Fee report examines revenues certain hospital outpatient centers generated from facility fees in Calendar Year 2019, the medical procedures that generate those fees, and five-year trend data.
- 10/8/2020 OHS Executive Director, Vicki Veltri featured in Hartford Business Journal article - Meet Greater Hartford's Top 25 Health Care Power Players
OHS Releases Hospital Financial Stability Report For FY 2019
Hartford – The state Office of Health Strategy (OHS) has released its report detailing the financial standing of Connecticut hospitals for the previous federal fiscal year. The Annual Report on the Financial Status of Connecticut’s Short Term Acute Care Hospitals includes all manner of financial data on revenue, expenses, cost of uncompensated care, and resulting margins.
OHS: State’s Health Information Exchange Reaches Major Milestone With Cthealthlink Sign On
Hartford – The Office of Health Strategy (OHS) announced that Connecticut’s comprehensive health information exchange initiative (HIE) now has its first client, signaling the formal launch of the technologically advanced network designed to improve patient care, coordinate the state’s network of health facilities and services, and upgrade the state’s overall healthcare delivery system.
- 3/5/2020 How Connecticut is Moving to Control Health Care Costs
- 2/28/2020 OHS Executive Director, Vicki Veltri featured in the Donaghue Foundation blog
OHS Announces Healthcare Cost Growth Benchmark Technical Team and Stakeholder Board
(HARTFORD, CT) – Today, the Office of Health Strategy (OHS) announced the members of the Cost Growth Benchmark Technical Team and the Cost Growth Benchmark Stakeholder Advisory Board, two groups formed to establish Connecticut’s first healthcare cost growth bench as outlined by Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Order No. 5. The order directs OHS to establish statewide healthcare cost growth and quality benchmarks and a primary care spending target.
OHS: Certificate of Need Guide Will Make the Regulatory Process More Transparent and Easier to Understand
(HARTFORD, CT) – Today, the Office of Health Strategy released a guidebook to help consumers and healthcare providers better understand the Certificate of Need (CON) process—the state’s regulatory mechanism governing health system mergers and acquisitions; major investments in new equipment or facilities; and changes in healthcare access such as adding or terminating a health service.
- 2/20/2020 OHS Releases CON Guide
Governor Lamont Signs Executive Orders on Reducing Healthcare Costs for Connecticut Residents
Governor Lamont Signs Executive Orders on Reducing Healthcare Costs for Connecticut Residents Orders Direct State to Establish Healthcare Cost Growth and Quality Benchmarks, and Improve Transparency of Medicaid Costs and Quality
Office of Health Strategy and Comptroller Lembo Release 2019 Connecticut Self-Sufficiency Standard Report
(HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo today released the 2019 Connecticut Self-Sufficiency Standard report. The report examines the costs of basic needs such as housing, food, transportation, childcare, and healthcare in each city and town in the state, then calculates what individuals and families must earn to provide these fundamental supports without any financial assistance.
OHS Releases Annual Hospital and Health System Financial Status and Facility Fees Trend Report
(HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) today released two reports, the Annual Report on the Financial Status of Connecticut’s Short Term Acute Care Hospitals and Facility Fee Trends. The Financial Stability report aggregates information concerning the financial health of Connecticut’s 28 acute care hospitals and 16 health systems. It includes financial performance data for individual hospitals, identifies fiscal trends, and reports on hospital hiring. The Facility Fee report examines current revenues generated by facility fees, the medical procedures that generate those fees, and the four-year trend data.
Office Of Health Strategy Issues Final Decision In Manchester Hospital/St Francis Hospital Certificate Of Need Application To Expand Cardiac Care
(HARTFORD, CT) – Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) Executive Director Vicki Veltri today announced that a final decision has been rendered in the Manchester Hospital/St. Francis Hospital Certificate of Need application for the establishment of a diagnostic and emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (angioplasty) program at Manchester Hospital. Regulators approved the creation of primary—or emergency—angioplasty and upheld the June 2019 denial of elective angioplasty services. In rendering its final decision, OHS examined the original application and public hearing record in addition to considering new information brought forth by the applicants during oral argument.