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Orthopedic group opens second urgent care clinic

Orthopedic Associates of Hartford said it has opened its second urgent care location in Greater Hartford....MORE»

CT Partners for Health Better Health Conference

Healthcare reform in the U.S. has brought with it a positive shifted emphasis on equipping and engaging patients to have a voice in managing own their healthcare....MORE»

National Nurses Week

National Nurses Week

In the spirit of National Nurses Week we would like to recognize all of the caring nurses who dedicate themselves to quality health care and improving the patient experience. We would like to personally recognize the contributions of our Director of Care Coordination, Kelly A. Pappa, RN for her passion and energy to continually work to redefine health care with a focus on creating positive patient experiences. #NursesWeek




Bristol Hospital

Bristol Hospital intends to remain an indpendent community healthcare provider. The hospital's strategy may move to strengthen and further it's partnership with Yale New Haven Health System. The current Yale partnership includes:...MORE»


Orthopedic group opens second urgent care clinic

Orthopedic Associates of Hartford said it has opened its second urgent care location in Greater Hartford.

The new Farmington clinic at 499 Farmington Ave. opened in March and adds to OAH's Glastonbury location. Both are open seven days a week, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on weekends. There are also on-call surgeon services available during regular business hours.

Urgent care clinics are meant to give patients an alternative to potentially more costly and time-consuming emergency room visits.

OAH, which lists 32 doctors on its website, said its clinics can treat sprains, broken bones and other non-life-threatening musculoskeletal injuries, and that patients receive a priority follow-up appointment with an orthopedic specialist. MORE»


CT Partners for Health Better Health Conference

Healthcare reform in the U.S. has brought with it a positive shifted emphasis on equipping and engaging patients to have a voice in managing own their healthcare. The Better Health: It's Your Health, Take Charge conference will bring consumers and healthcare providers, from across New England, together for a unique, two-day event on June 4th and 5th.

The Thursday evening HIMSS program will highlight the required Meaningful Use criteria and provide you with resources, tools, guidance, and practical know-how to continue on a successful path towards achieving MU Stage 2 criteria and beyond.

On Friday, morning keynote speaker, Jacob Reider, MD, Chief Strategy Officer, Kryon, Inc., will open with a discussion on the Patient of the Future followed by a variety of breakout sessions led by local and national industry experts. Topics include:  navigating healthcare, advance care planning, the medical home and accountable care from the patient’s perspective, chronic care management, choosing a healthcare app and health and wellness. The lunch keynote speaker Chuck Bell, Programs Director from Consumer Reports, will provide specific examples of how consumers how becoming engaged in health system reform campaigns.

Attendees will have multiple opportunities throughout the day to network with speakers, as well as sponsors and exhibitors who are at the forefront of helping to improve healthcare.

Registration for Thursday’s HIMSS program is free and Friday’s program is $10 for healthcare providers and stakeholders and includes breakfast, lunch and free parking – close to the newly opened Tanger Outlets. For more information and to register online, please visit or call 860.240.5617.


CSMS-IPA and ConnectiCare Enter into Expanded Agreement

ConnectiCare has expanded its provider collaboration with the Connecticut State Medical Society-Independent Practice Association (CSMS-IPA). The expanded agreement now includes New Haven, Fairfield, Middlesex, Windham and New London Counties. ConnectiCare has practice collaboration arrangements with twelve Connecticut-providers throughout the State including: Integrated Care Partners (Hartford HealthCare), St. Francis HealthCare Partners, ProHealth Physicians, Community Medical Group, Grove Hill Medical Group, Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Connecticut Multi-Specialty Group, CSMS-IPA, Northeast Medical Group, Middlesex Hospital, Medical Professional Services IPA and Eastern Connecticut Physician Hospital Organization.

Through these provider collaboration arrangements, ConnectiCare uses claims and other data to identify and address patient care needs. ConnectiCare has dedicated care management teams that work with assigned provider groups with the goal of coordinating patients’ care and providing support for effective follow-through by the physician and patient. The results for our provider collaborations are encouraging when compared to our non-provider collaborations: members saw their primary care physicians 10% more often, were admitted to the hospital 9% less often, and went to the emergency room 6% less often. Results reflect activity for January 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014. Additionally, the Quality Measure results for the provider collaborations indicate better health outcomes for members seeing doctors that are in one of ConnectiCare’s provider collaboration arrangements.

“What’s unique about ConnectiCare’s provider collaboration program is that we live and work here in Connecticut – just like our network of physicians and our members, their patients. We can engage local resources, such as community centers and meal delivery services that non-local carriers would not even know about. It is this extra touch and the face-to-face interactions we have with the participating physicians every day that makes the program a success,” said ConnectiCare’s John Harper, M.D., Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

David D. Thompson, Jr., M.D., President of the CSMS-IPA commented, “Since the inception of this program, we have identified areas where we can make the most impact by coordinating patient care and working closely with ConnectiCare. The direction of the health system is heading into these collaboration arrangements with common goals that benefit the patient.

“ ConnectiCare’s provider collaboration agreements are highly selective and customized to the unique services and patient population served by each medical group. The collaborations have been in place for Medicare members since 2008 and were expanded to include commercial members in 2014. Additional provider collaboration arrangements are planned in 2015. MORE»

National Doctors Day

Don't forget to thank your Physician!

National Doctors’ Day was established to recognize physicians, their work, and their contributions to society and the community. National Doctors’ Day falls on March 30 each year.  The holiday was officially signed into U.S. law in the early 1990s by President George Bush.

The history of Doctors’ Day dates back to the early 1930s, however. An article written by Pamela Settle Miles, MD, the holiday was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, a physician’s wife in Georgia. The date of March 30th was chosen to celebrate Doctors’ Day because it is the anniversary of the day that anesthesia was first administered to a patient, also in Georgia, by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842.  The very first Doctors’ Day in 1933 consisted of a few doctors’ wives putting together a luncheon for the local physicians in Winder Georgia, northeast of Atlanta.



The Connecticut State Medical Society - IPA (CSMS-IPA) is the largest and only statewide IPA in Connecticut and one of the largest in the nation. The CSMS-IPA is comprised of approximately 7,000 physician members. The CSMS-IPA is governed by a 27-member physician Board of Directors.



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