Press Releases

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  • 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.

  • Office of Health Strategy Releases Annual Hospital and Health System Financial Status and Facility Fees Trend Reports

    Annual Report Details Connecticut Hospitals and Health Systems Data

  • 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 Approves Western CT Health Network and Health Quest Merger Application

    Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) Executive Director Vicki Veltri announced today that the Certificate of Need application for the transfer of ownership of Western Connecticut Health Network, Inc. (WCHN) and Health Quest Systems to a newly-formed not-for-profit entity has been approved subject to quality, cost, and accessibility conditions. Pursuant to multiple sections of the General Statutes, OHS leads the Health Systems Planning Unit that administers the Certificate of Need program—a regulatory responsibility to promote statewide health facility and service development and monitor the impact of provider acquisitions and consolidations on the communities they serve.

  • OHS Approves Yale/Bridgeport Acquisition of Milford Hospital

    (HARTFORD, CT) – Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) Executive Director Vicki Veltri announced today that the Certificate of Need application for the Bridgeport Hospital—a Yale New Haven Health System facility—acquisition of Milford Hospital and Milford Health and Medical has been approved with conditions ensuring continued access to high-quality care and a cost cap on the merged Bridgeport/Milford entity.

  • 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 Executive Director Veltri, & Connie Leadership Launch New Health Information Exchange To Provide Real-Time Access To Critical Clinical Data

    Hartford – Office of Health Strategy (OHS) Executive Director Victoria Veltri and officials of Connie, the state’s new health information exchange, today formally announced commencement of operations. Connie provides the technology infrastructure to allow safe and trusted exchange of patient data to improve delivery and coordination of patient care across the spectrum of the state’s healthcare providers.

  • OHS HealthscoreCT Gets a Cost Estimator for Medical Care

    (HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS), joined by Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz, Senator Matt Lesser, co-chair, and Senator Kevin Kelly, ranking member, of the legislature’s Insurance and Real Estate Committee, today launched the Healthscore CT cost estimator, a consumer tool that allows users to compare the cost of medical care at Connecticut hospitals and provider networks. The interactive website allows consumers and providers to search, sort, and filter by location, health measure, provider, network quality rating, and cost.

  • OHS Holds Public Hearing in Danbury for Western CT Health Network and Health Quest Certificate of Need Application

    (HARTFORD, CT) - On Tuesday afternoon, the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) will hold a public hearing in Danbury for the Certificate of Need application for the transfer of ownership of Western Connecticut Health Network, Inc. and Health Quest Systems, Inc. to a newly-formed not-for-profit parent corporation.

  • OHS Holds Public Hearing in Manchester for Cardiac Care Certificate of Need Application

    (HARTFORD, CT) – The Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 27, 2019, for the Prospect Manchester Hospital / Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Certificate of Need application related to cardiac care.

  • OHS Holds Public Hearings in New Haven and Danbury for Certificate of Need Applications

    (HARTFORD, CT) – Over the next two weeks, the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy will hold public hearings in New Haven and Danbury for Certificate of Need applications.

  • 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.

  • OHS Releases Healthcare Facilities and Services Plan

    (HARTFORD, CT) – Today, the Connecticut Office of Health Strategy (OHS) released its 2018 Statewide Healthcare Facilities and Services Plan, a report that is prepared every two years by the Health Systems Planning Unit and identifies use trends related to hospital inpatient and emergency department care, preventable hospitalization, and outpatient surgical care.

  • OHS Signs Joint Letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    The Office of Health Strategy signed a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Azar with the Connecticut State Medical Society and the Office of the Healthcare Advocate to oppose HHS' proposed rule that would discriminate against LGBTQ+ people seeking healthcare treatment.

  • OHS, Community Health Worker Advisory Body Launch Community Health Worker Training Vendor Application Portal

    Hartford – The Office of Health Strategy (OHS) and its Community Health Worker Advisory Body (CHWAB) today launched the Community Health Worker Training Vendor Application Portal, which is now accessible through the OHS website.