Derby’s Griffin Hospital honored for helping patients reduce cholesterol

Thanks to those efforts, the American Heart Association has awarded Griffin Faculty Physicians, or GFP, with its “Check. Change. Control. Cholesterol. Gold Award.” Click here

CMS pledge to put patients first.

We pledge to put patients first in all of our programs – Medicaid, Medicare, and the Health Insurance Exchanges. To do this, we must empower patients to work with their doctors and make health care decisions that are best for them.

This means giving them meaningful information about quality and costs to be active health care consumers. It also includes supporting innovative approaches to improving quality, accessibility, and affordability, while finding the best ways to use innovative technology to support patient-centered care. Learn more

CarePartners of Connecticut now enrolling local seniors in new Medicare Advantage plans

Connecticut seniors planning to enroll in a Medicare plan this fall have a new option when it comes to choosing their benefits. CarePartners of Connecticut, a new, not-for-profit Medicare health insurance organization, has created a new health plan: one that believes people with Medicare can be better served when health care providers and insurance work as one.

Striving to make health care less stressful, CarePartners of Connecticut is offering three new Medicare Advantage plans during the Annual Open Enrollment period, all of which provide access to high quality health care that is highly coordinated among providers, resulting in healthier members.

“At CarePartners, our commitment is to provide our customer’s a more coordinated and less stressful health care experience, through a circle of care that revolves around them,” said Marc Hudak, president of CarePartners of Connecticut. “We are truly unique in that our model enables physicians, hospitals and the health plan to collaborate together to increase quality and improve the coordination of care for our members. It is an exciting new choice for those who are eligible for Medicare and are exploring their options.”

The Annual Enrollment Period runs from October 15 to December 7, 2018, with coverage effective on January 1, 2019. Complete benefits information about CarePartners of Connecticut’s 2019 Medicare Advantage offering can be found at or by calling 1-844-276-5314 seven days a week (between 8:00am – 8:00pm EST). Local beneficiaries can also learn more at one of the informational meetings CarePartners is hosting:

About CarePartners of Connecticut

CarePartners of Connecticut, a not-for-profit Medicare insurance company, is a partnership between two organizations that know first-hand the medical needs and common insurance concerns of today’s seniors:

• Hartford HealthCare — Connecticut’s most comprehensive, fully integrated health care system; and
• Tufts Health Plan — a Massachusetts-based insurer with over 20 years’ experience offering Medicare insurance products.

This is the first collaboration of its kind in Connecticut. CarePartners harnesses the expertise of both organizations to create a new kind of health plan: one that brings physicians, hospitals and a health plan together to work in alignment, increasing quality and improving the coordination of care for its members. For more information visit or call 1-844-267-1361 (TTY: 711). Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

CarePartners of Connecticut is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in CarePartners of Connecticut depends on contract renewal. CarePartners of Connecticut HMO plans are available in Hartford, Litchfield, New Haven, New London, Tolland, and Windham counties. CarePartners of Connecticut complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.


CT OHS SIM Conducts Patient Experience Survey to Improve Primary Care

Connecticut patients from across the state will be asked to share their experiences with the healthcare system as part of a new survey. The survey will focus on patients who have received care through a Federally-Qualified Health Center or an Advanced Network, a medical group that is partnering with a payer, such as a health plan.
Patients’ responses will help evaluate the impact of recent State Innovation Model (SIM) efforts to enhance the primary care experience. The data also will assist health plans in rewarding performance under shared savings contracts and be shared through a public scorecard.
Part of the Office of Health Strategy,  the SIM is working with UCONN and the Yale School of Public Health to conduct the survey.  A sample of patients from provider groups throughout the state, including each Advanced Network and Federally Qualified Health Center, will be contacted by e-mail, mail, or telephone to answer questions about their care experiences.

Hearing patients’ input will help guide the OHS-SIM and primary care teams as they continue to transform primary care in ways that improve health and care quality, spend dollars more wisely and achieve health equity.  All patient responses are confidential.
For questions or more information, please contact Stephanie Burnham of the Office of Health Strategy by phone at (860) 331-2474 or by email at


New Medicare Card Project – Important Updates

CMS has started mailing newly-designed Medicare Cards with the new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) or Medicare Number.  All providers systems need to be able to accept the new MBIs.  Check often for the most up-to-date information. 


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