CHA Releases Video Telling the Pandemic Story Through the Eyes of the Caregivers

It’s a perspective that needs to be shared: the COVID-19 pandemic through the experiences of Connecticut’s caregivers.  In documentary style, through the eyes and voices of hospital professionals from across the state, Caring Voices, Caring Hands weaves a compelling story of the initial days of the pandemic, the impact of the response on individuals and their families, the uncertainties of combatting an unknown virus, the support of their colleagues, organizations, and communities, and most importantly, the motivation that keeps them coming back each day and looking forward to the future.  While produced primarily for the healthcare workforce, in acknowledgement of their dedication, sacrifice, and determination, it’s a story that will be shared with the public, as well, as we look back on the challenges and successes of the past two years.


Nuvance Health Names McCulloch New President of Sharon Hospital

As part of its continued investment in the region, Nuvance Health has appointed Christina McCulloch, MBA, BSN, RN, as President of Sharon Hospital.  McCulloch has worked at Sharon Hospital for more than eight years, most recently serving as Chief Nursing Officer since 2018.  McCulloch will work closely with current President Dr. Mark Hirko, MD, FACS, who will remain part of the leadership team in an advisory role as he transitions his focus and expertise to serve as the full-time President of Nuvance’s Putnam Hospital in New York’s Hudson Valley.

McCulloch has been a clinician for nearly 20 years and a leader at Sharon Hospital since 2014, serving as Director of Nursing, Director of Quality and Performance Improvement, and Chief Quality Officer.  She previously worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and Griffin Hospital, where she began her career at the bedside as a staff nurse.


CHA Comments on 2023 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule

In a letter last week to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the Connecticut Hospital Association commented that the Fiscal Year 2023 proposed payment was woefully inadequate and does not capture the unprecedented cost pressures being experienced by hospitals and health systems.  CHA urged CMS to make a retrospective adjustment for FY 2023 that reflects the significant change in costs due to inflation that hospitals, like consumers, are facing.  CHA further asked CMS to eliminate the productivity cut for FY 2023, in light of the extremely tight healthcare labor market, as well as the constrained supply chain.

Among other points, CHA voiced support for proposals to cap any decrease to a hospital’s wage index, year over year, as well as the continuation of the imputed floor for all-urban states.  In addition, CHA noted the importance of preserving the current law Low-Volume Adjustment and Medicare-Dependent Hospital policies.  Finally, the letter suggests modification to the proposed health equity measures and support for screening for social drivers of health.


Education Updates

The Neurobiology of Attachment in Pregnancies Complicated by Substance Use
Tuesday, June 28, 2022 12:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Virtual Session

This session will explore the biological impact of prenatal substance use on the neuroendocrine system responsible for attachment, as well as the psychosocial factors that influence the development of a nurturing relationship between parent and child.  The session will also provide an overview of intervention strategies that can promote positive attachment, development, and learning. 

This session is part of the Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) series, and provides continuing education credit for a variety of professions.

There is no fee for this program, but registration is required.

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PROUD Enduring Recorded Sessions
On Demand
Virtual Sessions

As care providers, there is much to learn about helping families managing substance use disorders to be successful.  Parents Recovering from Opioid Use Disorders (PROUD) includes an education series for healthcare and service providers, giving them tools to help individuals and families manage the many challenges they face.

The education series includes several recorded, one-hour sessions, open for a year from their recording date.  These sessions provide continuing education credit for a variety of professions, are free to participants (registration is necessary), and are available on demand to fit into busy schedules.

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