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January 31, 2016

OP-ED | Claims of Defensive Medicine Driving Healthcare Costs Not New

by Neil Ferstand | January 31, 2016 9:03pm

Neither are they accurate.

If you are unfamiliar with the term, a common definition of defensive medicine is the practice by a physician of ordering precautionary treatments, tests and procedures largely or entirely to avoid potential liability. The concept came into prominence when the AMA started using the term in the mid to late 1960s and it started to gain traction sometime in the 1970s. The medical industry claims the costs associated with defensive medicine significantly add to the costs of U.S. health care.

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January 19, 2016

New Connecticut Website Encourages Residents To Report Fraud

by Cara Rosner | January 19, 2016 5:30am

The state has launched a website, FightFraud.ct.gov, to bolster its efforts to tackle fraud, waste, and abuse that cost the state money.

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January 4, 2016

Report: Public Retirement Plan For Private-Sector Employees Is Feasible

by Christine Stuart | January 4, 2016 2:27pm

It’s possible for the state of Connecticut to create a public retirement program for private-sector employees, according to a report released Monday by the Connecticut Retirement Security Board.

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December 31, 2015

OP-ED | Media ‘Heroes’ For The Holiday Season

by Terry Cowgill | December 31, 2015 9:30am

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For journalists across the country during the holiday season, the word “hero” usually conjures up images of those who feed the hungry, give presents to poor children, or travel to spread Christmas cheer to our troops abroad. Not this year. The holiday hero of 2015 is himself a journalist.

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December 28, 2015

Outpatient Facility Fees To Be More Transparent With New Law

by Cara Rosner | December 28, 2015 12:00pm

Patients billed for a facility fee for outpatient hospital services will get a clearer explanation of the charge, under legislation taking effect Friday.

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November 19, 2015

Public Financing Is Safe, For Now

by Christine Stuart | November 19, 2015 4:43pm

Christine Stuart photo By the end of the day Thursday, both House and Senate Democrats who proposed suspending Connecticut’s landmark public financing system in 2016, had withdrawn their proposals.

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November 9, 2015

Connecticut Gets Downgraded, But Maintains Passing Grade for Accountability

by Christine Stuart | November 9, 2015 5:30am

In a data-driven assessment of state government accountability and transparency, Connecticut received a C minus from the Center for Public Integrity.

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October 27, 2015

Hearing Postponed; Democratic Party, Election Regulators to Get Their Day in Court Thursday

by Christine Stuart | October 27, 2015 4:29am

(Updated 10:43 a.m.) A state court judge was expected to hear arguments today in a dispute between state election regulators and the Connecticut Democratic Party over whether the party illegally spent money on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s 2014 re-election bid. However, the hearing was postponed at the last minute when the attorney for the Democratic Party had a family emergency. The hearing has been rescheduled for Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

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September 24, 2015

OP-ED | Let’s Halt Rush To Risky Medicaid Experiment

by Ellen Andrews | September 24, 2015 11:13am

I am continually reminded of the human tendency to ignore past errors and follow the latest shiny new thing. And sometimes we are blind to what is already working quite well.

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September 17, 2015

OP-ED | To Understand Civil Disobedience, Kim Davis Ought to Read Thoreau

by Barth Keck | September 17, 2015 4:30am

Civil disobedience has been making news lately, thanks to Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky recently jailed after denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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