CT Hospitals Have New Patient Disclosure Requirements Beginning in 2017

Beginning January 28, 2017, Connecticut hospitals must start notifying patients who schedule certain non-emergency diagnoses or procedures of their right to request related cost and quality information. This new requirement applies to patients whose diagnoses and procedures are included in the annual report issued jointly by the Connecticut Insurance Department (CID) and Department of Public…

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Landmark Mental Health Bill Creates Unique Opportunity for Connecticut Providers

Something refreshing actually came out of the U.S. Congress last week. In a rare display of bipartisanship, the Senate voted 94 to 5 to pass the 21st Century Cures Act, which is being called the most comprehensive mental health system reform legislation in the last 50 years. Sponsored by Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy, the bill…

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Hospitals, Physician Practices and Clinics are Reminded to Post New Non-Discrimination Notice

Hospitals, physician practices and other health care providers that receive federal financial assistance, which includes receiving reimbursement from Medicare Parts A, C and D and/or Medicaid, are reminded to post new non-discrimination notices required under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”). Background While the prohibition on discrimination has been in effect since…

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Cefaratti v. Aranow – Connecticut Hospitals May Be Vicariously Liable for Negligence of Non-Employee Physicians

The Supreme Court of Connecticut recently issued an important decision that could significantly increase a hospital’s liability for the negligence of physicians who have privileges at, but are not directly employed by, the hospital. In Cefaratti v. Aranow, the court finally resolved an issue that had resulted in conflicting decisions in the lower courts, and…

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Important New Connecticut Laws Affecting Health Care Effective July 1

The two most recent legislative sessions of the Connecticut General Assembly produced a number of new statutes that significantly impact the operations of hospitals and other health care providers. To help remind the health care industry of the changes ahead, we’ve highlighted below some of the key pieces of legislation that are scheduled to take…

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Physician Non-Compete Bill (SB 351) Passes Connecticut Senate & House

Physician Non-Compete Bill (SB 351) Passes Connecticut Senate & House: On May 3, 2016, both the Connecticut House of Representatives and Senate passed a bill that, if signed by the Governor, will limit the strength of non-compete clauses in physician contracts. Non-Compete Time & Distance Restrictions: Under the bill, a covenant not to compete is…

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Final Rule Clarifies Requirements for Reporting and Returning Medicare Overpayments

Medicare Part A and B providers and suppliers should take note of new regulations recently issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services that implement the Affordable Care Act’s 60-day rule on reporting and returning overpayments (Section 1128J(d) of the Social Security Act). The new rules take effect on March 14, 2016. Background Since…

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Upcoming Implementation of New State Legislation Affecting Health Care

The 2015 legislative session of the Connecticut General Assembly was a particularly busy one—dozens of important new statutes were enacted that will impact hospitals and other health care providers in a big way. We’ve highlighted below what we consider some of the most significant health care legislation scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2015…

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