CSMS in the News

Lawmakers discuss opioids at Fairfield University – CT Post CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD was a speaker at US Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s panel discussion on opioids

Dr. Robert C. Gallagher to lead cardiothoracic program at WCHN – Norwalk Plus.com Dr. Gallagher is a CSMS member

Changing the “script” on naturopathic medicine – CT Post Quote from CSMS Legislative Chair David Emmel, MD

ABEM logo squareCongratulations to CSMS Councilor Michael Carius, MD, who has been elected President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). Dr. Carius has been a member of the ABEM Board of Directors since July 2009, and was elected to the Executive Committee in 2013.

 

Would consumers be hurt by health insurance mega-mergers? – WNPR
Quotes from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

DOJ files suit to block 2 health plan mega-mergers – Medical Economics
Quotes from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

When big insurance companies merge, who benefits? – Courant
Quotes from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz
CT Hospital Association honors Healthcare Heroes – Hartford Business Journal Honorees include CSMS member Steven Schutzer, MD

Heat index explained – WTNH Interview with CSMS Councilor Robert McLean, MD

Drug shortages forcing workarounds in hospitals – C-HIT (also NH Register, Greenwich Time) Quote from CSMS member Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA

CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz talked with WTIC’s Ray Dunaway about the impact of health insurance mergers on patients and physicians.

Loss of insurers doesn’t threaten health exchange, but “is a great wakeup call” – CT News Junkie CSMS statement on HealthyCT was quoted in the article

Fair Haven Community Health Center opens location at Hemingway Avenue in East Haven – NH Register Quotes from CSMS member Suzanne Lagarde, MD

New Haven’s opioid emergency: give us your questions for the experts – NH Register CSMS member Gail D’Onofrio, MD will be part of the Register panel

Ten new laws that take effect Friday – Courant Quotes CSMS SVP for Government Affairs Ken Ferrucci on opioid prescribing laws

Should CT’s Insurance Commissioner step aside? – WNPR/Where We Live Interview with CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

ACEP grants support policy scholarship in emergency medicine – ACEP News Panel discussion with CSMS member Arjun Venkatesh, MD, MBA

Procedure offers knee “caulking” instead of replacement – Hartford Business Journal Interview with CSMS member Daniel Fish, MD

Local police, medical, health authorities hail new opioid legislation – Newtown Bee Quote from CSMS member William Begg, MD

Yale research examines fertility’s biological clock – CT Post/Greenwich Time Quote from CSMS member Andrew Levi, MD

Prescription drug prices soaring – The Real Story CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD a guest on Fox CT’s The Real Story

Doctors must play leading role in battle against opioid abuse – Modern Healthcare Commentary by CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD

Major insurers seeking sharply higher rates in CT – CT Mirror Quote from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

CT aging boomers highlight need for geriatric specialists – C-HIT Quote from CSMS member Bruce Koeppen, MD – Dean, Netter SOM

Superbug scare “a wakeup call,” CT experts say, but no imminent danger – NH Register Quote from CSMS member Jack Ross, MD

Cancer researchers struggle to persevere with limited funds – Courant Quotes from CSMS member Roy Herbst, MD

Petit said decision to run was about timing – Bristol Press CSMS member William Petit, Jr., MD  is running for the State House CT-22

“Boat sinking” on getting handle on prescription drug costs – NH Register editorial(also Register-Citizen, West Hartford News) Quotes from CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD

A closer look at “needless” hospital deaths – WSJ  Letter to the Editor by CSMS member Joseph Bentivegna, MD (scroll down for letter)

Discussion on prescription drug costs leaves panelists looking for answers – CT News Junkie (also New Haven Register) Quotes from CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD

Emergency rooms face a growing problem: a shortage of vital medications – Washington Post/Norwich Bulletin Quotes from CSMS member Arjun Venkatesh, MD

Study on possible breakthrough drug for Alzheimer’s underway in Norwich – WTNH Interview with CSMS Speaker of the House Mahmoud Okasha, MD

How safe is home birth? – NYT Letter to the editor by CSMS member Mark DeFrancesco, MD

ACP tells internists to be prepared for new payment systems – Medscape Quote from CSMS member Robert McLean, MD

New stroke treatment at YNHH called a game-changer – NH Register Quote from CSMS member Ketan Bulsara, MD

CT docs join lawsuit frenzy against medical-waste giant – Hartford Business Journal CSMS members Murray Wellner, MD and Harvey Hameroff, MD have joined class-action suit against Stericycle

Experts in CT, nation reexamining opioid addiction treatment – Register-Citizen Quotes from CSMS members Gail D’Onofrio, MD and Brian Keyes, MD

You can help to make sure CT lawmakers vote for superior breast exams – CT News Junkie Op-ed by CSMS member Liane Philpotts, MD

Insurers, hospitals form new campaign to fight drug price spikes – CT Mirror   Quote from CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD

Documentary profiles black women in medicine – Yale Daily News CSMS Councilor M. Natalie Achong, MD is among the subjects of “Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine”

United’s cost avoidance, health and citizens – NH Register
Op-ed by CSMS member David Katz, MD

MD Leaders Show Cautious Optimism for MACRA’s Potential – Healthcare Informatics CSMS member and ACP Governor Robert McLean, MD provided testimony at a House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health hearing. Video of Dr. McLean’s testimony, and that of AMA and AAFP representatives, is available here.

North East Medical Group gives more than 7,000 books to Read to Grow – NH Register  CSMS member Amit Rastogi, MD is the interim CEO of NEMG

Equal opportunity eating: Stamford doc’s food plan targets non-dieters in need of a diet – CT Post
Interview with CSMS Councilor Joe Feuerstein, MD

Yale team honored for groundbreaking clinical research in emergency medicine – Yale News CSMS member Gail D’Onofrio, MD and her team received  a Clinical Research Achievement Award from the Clinical Research Forum for producing one of the year’s ten most outstanding research papers. CSMS member Steven Bernstein, MD is also a member of the award-winning Yale team. 

CT task force begins review of hospital mergers – NH Register Quote from CSMS members Gary Price, MD and Alan Kaye, MD

The real story: doctor shortage alert – Fox 61 Interview with CSMS member Bruce Koeppen, MD, Dean of Netter SOM

A doctor’s advice to the next US president – NH Register op-ed Written by CSMS member David Katz, MD

ADHD link to menopause – WTNH Quote from CSMS member Mary Jane Minkin, MD

Why aren’t CT women getting the best breast exams? – CT News Junkie op-ed CSMS member Liane Philpotts, MD

Insurance mega-mergers can harm healthcare – New-Times LTE by CSMS member Ed Volpintesta, MD

Yale students, others asked to sign pledge not to text while walking in New Haven – NH Register Quote from CSMS member Kirsten Bechtel, MD

Disaster simulation proves cost-effective and versatile – Yale Daily News Quote from CSMS member Mark Cicero, MD, a member of the CSMS Disaster Preparedness Committee

Malloy names healthcare review task force – Hartford Business Journal CSMS member Gary Price, MD  is a member of the task force

Prediabetes in CT: the silent health condition that affects thousands – C-HIT/NH Register Quote from CSMS member Latha Dulipsingh, MD

Yale professors shape New Haven biotech culture – Yale Daily News Quotes from CSMS member Robert Alpern, MD

Making quality, affordable health care a higher priority in CT – NH Register Op-ed on ASC tax repeal by CSMS member Paul Schaefer, MD

Cutting reimbursement from Connecticut health centers is an unhealthy choice – NH Register Op-ed by CSMS members Suzanne Lagarde, MD and Douglas Olson, MD

The Core Quality Measure Collaborative Measure Sets – ACP Connecticut Chapter News & Notes By CSMS member & CT ACP Governor Robert Nardino, MD

Phase out the tax on ambulatory surgical centers – CT Viewpoints Op-ed by by CSMS member Velandy Manohar, MD

After years of hard work, Match Day happens in a flash – Courant Quote from CSMS student member Shirin Karimi

Connecticut moves away from private insurers to administer Medicaid program – WSJ Quote from CSMS members Robert Zavoski, MD and Barbara Ziogas, MD

Hospitals say state puts them between a rock and a hard place – CT Mirror
Quotes from CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD

Don’t jump to unhealthy conclusions on saturated fat – NH Register op-ed
Written by CSMS member David Katz, MD

Hospital executives explain their views on health care costs – Courant Quotes from CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD

Why Connecticut’s drug overdose crisis isn’t slowing down – CT Trends (CT Mirror) Quotes from CSMS member Daniel Tobin, MD

Lyme disease needs better tests, better answers – Courant op-ed Written by CSMS Life Member Harriet Kotsoris, MD

State payments to FQHCs suspended – CT News Junkie Quotes from CSMS member Suzanne Lagarde, MD

1st north central opioid task force meeting in Enfield – Courant CSMS member Sam Silverman, MD is featured speaker

Measuring progress: providers reveal doubts, hopes about ACOs – Hartford Business Journal Quotes from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

Radiologists to lawmakers: we told you so – CT News Junkie Quotes from CSMS past president Robert Russo, MD

Prospect of detox, psychiatric bed cuts worries CT hospital officials – CT Mirror Quote from CSMS member Charles Herrick, MD

YNHH, L+M committed to affiliation, despite executive order – Yale Daily News  Quote from CSMS member Ronald Vender, MD

Star-studded Seuss-tacular in Southington – Bristol Press CSMS member William Petit, Jr., MD participated in Reach Out and Read program

Sen. Blumenthal convenes medical professionals to address CT’s deadly opioid issue – NH Register
Quotes from CSMS Council Chair, Steven Wolfson, MD & CSMS Opioid Task Force Co-Chair Gail D’Onofrio, MD, MS

Fentanyl a rising factor in CT overdose deaths – NH Register Quotes from CSMS Opioid Task Force Co-Chair Gail D’Onofrio, MD

Yale medical prof “optimistic” drug could slow Alzheimer’s symptoms – Register-Citizen Interview with CSMS Councilor Mahmoud Okasha, MD

Professors of bluegrass take the stage – Yale Daily News Quotes from CSMS member Oscar Hills, MD

How well are clinical trial results shared? – WNPR Study by CSMS member Nihar Desai, MD

Increased insulin sensitivity can reduce chance of stroke – Yale Daily News Study by CSMS members Walter Kernan, MD and Silvio Inzucchi, MD

Price your colonoscopy like you would a TV – MarketWatch Quotes from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz (also Healthcare Dive IT Newsletter)

Change to hospital regulation again looms, but direction unclear – CT Mirror Quotes from CSMS members Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, MD and Rocco Orlando, MD, and CSMS testimony.

Despite efforts, black women deliver more preterm births – C-HIT Interview with CSMS Health Equity Committee Chair M. Natalie Achong, MD (carried on CT News Junkie, Register-Citizen, Stamford Advocate, WNPR)

Prescription opioids are harder to get, more closely monitored – The Day Quotes from CSMS members Mark Kraus, MD; Jeffrey Miller, MD; John Paggioli, MD; Sam Silverman, MD

Opioid research gains traction – Yale Daily News Quotes from CSMS member Gail D’Onofrio, MD

Drug epidemic: mopping up floors or turning off faucets – News-Times Op-ed by CSMS Councilor & FCMA President Randy Trowbridge, MD

Yale-New Haven’s expanded bariatric surgery center  – NH Register Quote from CSMS member Andrew Duffy, MD

Medicare payments higher at HOPDs than ASCs, doc offices – Health Leaders Media Quotes from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

Public Health Committee considers requiring insurers to cover abuse-deterrent opioids – Courant Quotes from CSMS testimony on SB 129.

Malloy, White House drug policy director discuss effects of substance abuse – WFSB CSMS Addiction Medicine Committee Chair Mark Kraus, MD participated in the panel discussion (Dr. Kraus’ segment begins at 55:10)

Opinion Makers: a medical exam for the dietary guidelines – Medpage Today Video featuring CSMS member David Katz, MD, MPH

Female athletes confront body image – Yale Daily News Quotes from CSMS member Karen Sutton, MD

Congratulations to State Representative Prasad Srinivasan, MD on being named to serve as National Co-Chair of the Health Policy Council. This physician-led, non-partisan forum promotes the exchange and sharing of ideas between physicians serving in our state legislatures.

Doctors researching possible cures for Type 1 diabetes – WFSB Interview with CSMS member Abayomi Akanji, MD

Expert: transparency, savvy patients, competition key to tackling healthcare prices – CT Mirror Quotes from CSMS Past President and Councilor William Handelman, MD

Trying for a breath of fresh air in treating asthma – CT Mirror Quote from CSMS member Robert Zavoski, MD

Pitching limits likely coming to CT high school, American Legion baseball in 2017 – Norwich Bulletin “Questions of what the proper pitch count is, how it should be monitored and the consequences if it is exceeded have put those discussions on hold in the past. Connecticut [State] Medical Society, which consults with the CIAC, has brought it back to the forefront.”

Outcry brings review of Essure contraceptive device – NH Register/C-HIT Quotes from CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD (also Stamford Advocate, WNPR)

CT’s fight against opioid epidemic needs a leader – Courant Op-ed by CSMS member Peter Rostenberg, MD

WOSU Radio’s Wellness Wednesday program interviewed CSMS member Anees Chagpar, MD about the new breast cancer screening guidelines

Connecticut has “clear and present” stake in Zika virus – Courant Quote from CSMS member Jack Ross, MD

Women opt for hysterectomy with negative effects – Yale Daily News Quote from CSMS member Vrunda Desai, MD

More primary care doctors needed – NH Register Letter to the editor by CSMS member Ed Volpintesta, MD

Seeking accord: lawmakers push for budget pact, biz fret over mandates – Hartford Business Journal Quote from CSMS SVP for Government Affairs Ken Ferrucci

CT cancer researchers say Obama’s challenge well-timed – NH Register Quotes from CSMS members Agnees Chagpar, MD and Roy Herbst, MD

Congratulations to CSMS members M. Natalie Achong, MD and Alan Kliger, MD on being named to the Qualidigm Board of Directors

New understanding of autoimmune diseases – Yale Daily News Quotes from CSMS member Richard Bucala, MD

Chewing on the randomized trial fantasy – NH Register Column by CSMS member David Katz, MD

What’s ailing you: second opinions – News 12 Connecticut Interview with CSMS member Michael Marks, MD

Yale study: removal of ovaries in non-cancer surgery not always necessary – NH Register CSMS member Vrunda Bhavsar Desai, MD was one of the study’s authors

Blumenthal: bill would speed generic drug approval, reducing costs – CT Mirror Quotes from CSMS member Peter Schauer, MD

Breast cancer screening guidelines: what women need to know – CSMS member Anees Chagpar, MD

Old Lyme Health Director says sewers are solution to contaminated groundwater – The Day Quotes from CSMS member Vijay Sikand, MD

What’s causing physician burnout? – Forbes Quotes from CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD

Healthcare in context: Practice perspectives on population health and healthcare disparities from a Connecticut physician – Executive Insight essay by CSMS Health Equity Committee Chair M. Natalie Achong, MD

Derby doc on “most influential” list – CT Post CSMS member David Katz, MD made the list, published by health web site Greatist.com

Medical liability system has to change – Stamford Advocate Letter to the Editor by CSMS member Edward Volpintesta, MD

Congratulations to CSMS member Sandra Hughes, MD, who has been installed as the new President of the Connecticut Academy of Family Physicians.

Five stories that can make 2016 a big year in healthcare – CT Mirror Quote from CSMS Legislative Chair David Emmel, MD

How well will new rules on health care cost transparency work? – CT Mirror Quotes from CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD and CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

Pediatricians will screen for hungry kids – C-HIT (also Courant, WNPR, Stamford Advocate & Register-Citizen) Quotes from CSMS members Lori Smith, MD and Marjorie Rosenthal, MD

Innovative treatment for young people with psychosis at no cost for 2 years – WTNH Quotes from CSMS member Vinod Srihari, MD

Safest material for athletes is grass – NH Register letter to the editor Signed by CSMS members Andrea Asnes, MD, Pinar Kodaman, MD, and Robert LaCamera, MD

Medical liability and defensive medicine key issues – Hartford Business Journal 2016 Economic Forecast with CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

Is the no-shampoo trend a healthy one? – WFSB Quote from CSMS member Lisa Donofrio, MD

Doctors beat calculators when predicting stroke recovery – Yale News National study authored by CSMS members David Y. Hwang, MD  and Kevin N. Sheth, MD

St. Francis Hospital names new president – Hartford Business Journal CSMS member John Rodis, MD is also on the editorial board of Connecticut Medicine

Virtual care: CT preps for telehealth rollout – Hartford Business News Quotes from CSMS member Laine Taylor, MD

Study: child care workers affect childhood obesity – Stamford Advocate/C-HIT Article cites research by CSMS member Marjorie Rosenthal, MD

Fish tales about best diets are many – NH Register op-ed CSMS member David Katz, MD

Local healthcare leaders named health care heroes – Hartford Business Journal CSMS Life Member Pauline Olsen, MD and CSMS member Jack Ross, MD honored as Health Care Heroes

Doctors hone their (musical) practice – New Haven Independent  Quotes from CSMS member & YMSO founder Lynn Tanoue, MD

CT’s celebrity dermatologist turns to laser-blocking eyewear for pilots – Courant CSMS member Nicholas Perricone, MD

Reasons for defensive medicine – Republican-American LTE by CSMS member Ed Volpintesta, MD

Yale: black women with breast cancer less likely to benefit from early chemo – CT News Junkie/C-HIT (also NH Register) Quote from CSMS member Andrew Salner, MD

Doc migration: many newly-minted physicians leave state – Hartford Business Journal Quotes from CSMS member Bruce Koeppen, MD, Dean of the Netter SOM, and CSMS SVP for Government Affairs Ken Ferrucci

Med school dean responds to diversity concerns – Yale Daily News Quotes from CSMS member Robert Alpern, MD, Dean of the Yale SOM

Savings now will cost more later – NH Register LTE by CSMS Council Chair Steve Wolfson, MD

Malloy policy threatens our community’s health – The Day op-ed by CSMS member David Reisfeld, MD

Faculty divided on free speech – Yale Daily News Quote from CSMS member David Leffell, MD

Blood test for concussion? – WTIC Ray Dunaway interviews CSMS member Anthony Alessi, MD

For young migraine sufferers, treatment can be hard to find – Courant
Quote from CSMS member Peter McAllister, MD

Hospital readmission following childbirth points to “very substantial” racial disparity – WNPR
Additional coverage of the CSMS disparities research published in the November issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

CT’s insurance co-op sticking around, but still a work in progress – CT Mirror  “Getting doctors to sign on was eased by the fact that the company was created by the Connecticut State Medical Society and the medical society’s association of independent physician practices, which Lalime used to run.”

New breast cancer screening guidelines rekindle rage, debate – C-HIT  Quote from CSMS President Henry Jacobs, MD, JD

Post-Newtown program helps children get mental health care – CT Mirror Quote from CSMS member Robert Adamenko, MD

Congratulations to CSMS member Gary Miller, MD, winner of the 2015 Best of Bristol Internist Award.

Who decides what’s delicious? – NH Register Op-ed by CSMS member David Katz, MD

Connecticut insurance co-op succeeds where others are failing – CT News Junkie HealthyCT was created by CSMS and the CSMS-IPA.

Address inadequate Medicaid Payments – NH Register  LTE by CSMS member Mark DeFrancesco, MD

Diagnosing and treating seasonal affective disorder – WTNH  Quote from CSMS member Paul DeSan, MD

Mindmap wants to reach young adults with psychiatric disorders – Courant Quote from CSMS member Vinod Srihari, MD

Drug could help symptoms of preeclampsia – NH Register
Quote from CSMS member Michael Paidas, MD

Hartford to deploy bleeding-control bags – Hartford Business News
Quote from CSMS member Lenworth Jacobs, MD

Meat and cancer – did we really need another reason? – NH Register
Op-ed by CSMS member David Katz, MD

State budget cuts threaten the mentally ill and addicted – CT Viewpoints
Op-ed by CSMS member Velandy Manohar, MD

Are OB-GYN well visits shortchanging women? – C-HIT
Quote from CSMS member Susan Richman, MD

Don’t call it “female Viagra” – Greenwich Time
Quote from CSMS member
Mary Jane Minkin, MD

Hormone replacement’s “aha” moment – NH Register
Op-ed by CSMS member David Katz, MD

Health courts could help contain “defensive medicine” – Stamford Advocate
Letter to the editor by CSMS member Ed Volpintesta, MD

Doctors and patients see benefits of wearable technology – C-HIT
Quotes from CSMS members Stephen Huot, MD and Adam Mayerson, MD

Eight-grader casts vote for Francis – Stamford Advocate letter to the editor
CSMS member Gaetane Francis, MD is running for a seat on the Stamford Board of Education

Food Day at Yale – NH Register
Op-ed by CSMS member David Katz, MD

Yale: cancer screening guidelines may play role in declining screening rates – Courant (also NH Register)
Quotes from CSMS student member Sean Maroongroge and CSMS member Anees Chagpar, MD

Patients’ health, jobs at stake – Courant
Letter to the editor by CSMS member Randy Trowbridge, MD

Don’t brand doctors as “inefficient” – CT Viewpoints
Op-ed by CSMS member Edward Volpintesta, MD

Who will deliver America’s babies? – ACOG News
Post by ACOG President and CSMS member Mark DeFrancesco, MD

Why your urologist is usually a man, but maybe not for long – NPR
Interview with CSMS member Leslie Rickey, MD

Budget cuts hurt CT’s most vulnerable residents – CT Viewpoints
Post by CSMS member Velandy Manohar, MD

New Haven’s Discovery to Cure-Beverly Levy Walk fights ovarian cancer – NH Register
Quotes from CSMS member Elena Ratner, MD

Focus not on suicide semantics, but providing comfort – NH Register
Op-ed by CSMS member David Katz, MD

One year in, medical marijuana seeks broader appeal – Yale Daily News
Quotes from CSMS Legislative Chair David Emmel, MD and CSMS member Andrew Salner, MD

Breast cancer screening choices and chances – NH Register
Op-ed by CSMS member David Katz, MD

NFL dogged by head injury issue – MSNBC
CSMS member Anthony Alessi, MD part of a panel on concussions (Dr. Alessi on at 2:41)

Children’s sexting, internet safety among rising worries of parents – NH Register (also C-HIT, Stamford Advocate)
Quotes from CSMS member Brian Keyes, MD

In some primary care offices, the social worker will see you now – CT Mirror
Quote from CSMS member Stephen Kaye, MD

YNHH working to help patients sleep – NH Register
Quote from CSMS member Michael Bennick, MD

Yale Smilow team gets $11M grant for lung cancer research – NH Register
Interview with CSMS member Roy Herbst, MD

There may be something fishy about my diet – NH Register op-ed
CSMS member David Katz, MD

New UConn Medical Dean wants more doctors, grants – Hartford Business Journal
Quote from CSMS EVP/CEO Matt Katz

New telemedicine technology aims to disrupt eye exam business – Hartford Business Journal
Quote from CSMS Treasurer Steve Thornquist, MD

Early childhood health targeted as a path to better education – C-HIT
Quote from CSMS Life Member Gerald Calnen, MD

State Medical Board backs marijuana for pain syndrome – Courant
Quote from CSMS member Jonathan Kost, MD

Insurers blocking consumer protections again – CT News Junkie op-ed
CSMS President Robert Russo, MD and patient advocate Ellen Andrews

Calcium doesn’t increase risk of cardiovascular ailments in women, Yale expert says – NH Register
Interview with CSMS member Jaime Gerber, MD

Knee, hip surgery business flourishes amid aging population – Hartford Business Journal
Interview with CSMS Speaker of the House Courtland Lewis, MD

Why is it so hard to know how good a doctor is? – WNPR
Interview with CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD

In the age of the impersonal, physician seeks communication – UConn School of Pharmacy Preceptor News
Interview with CSMS member Thomas Raskauskas, MD

RVNA Immunization Talk – Stamford Advocate
CSMS member Steven Novella, MD to discuss myths & facts about childhood immunization

New surgeon-to-surgeon ratings provide key information for patients – NBC Connecticut
Quotes from CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD; CSMS members John Grady-Benson, MD, and John Irving, MD in top 4% of best-performing surgeons nationally

DeLauro seeks nationwide age limit on e-cigs – New Haven Independent
Quote from CSMS President Robert Russo, MD

Will CT’s health workforce be there? – Hartford Business Journal
Quote from CSMS member George Kuchel, MD

On breast cancer screening, let’s not be dense – NH Register
Column by CSMS member David Katz, MD

Why toy Minion curse words might be all in your head – Stamford Advocate
Quote from CSMS member Steven Novella, MD

Don’t let budget woes affect physician training – NH Register
LTE by CSMS member Bruce Koeppen, MD, Dean of the Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac Unversity

Millenials embrace mobile health and fitness apps – C-HIT
Interview with CSMS member Ania Jastreboff, MD

Yale-New Haven doctors warn of children ingesting button batteries – NH Register
Quote from CSMS member Carl Baum, MD

Health care rationing: the roar and the silence – NH Register op-ed
CSMS member David Katz, MD

As Medicaid grows, will there be more cuts to provider payments? – CT Mirror
Quotes from CSMS member Joshua Copel, MD

Surgery center tax crushing – Courant lead LTE
Written by CSMS member Kevin Dinowitz, MD

Reduction  in radiology rates will limit access for Medicaid patients – CT News Junkie
Quotes from CSMS President Bob Russo, MD and Jean Weigert, MD

State advertising to recruit more marijuana doctors – CT Post (also Stamford Advocate)
Quote from CSMS SVP for Government Affairs Ken Ferrucci

More hospital groups critique state budget, warn of consequences – Courant
Quote from CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD

Gender reassignment surgery still rare in CT – Greenwich Time
Quote from CSMS member Stanton Honig, MD

Parents’ denial fuels childhood obesity epidemic – NYT  Includes quote from CSMS member David L. Katz, MD

“Care teams” bring mental health services to those in need – News-Times Quote from CSMS member John Murphy, MD

Yale study preventing and treating opioid dependency – WTNH
Interview with CSMS member Gail D’Onofrio, MD

CT makes $60K medical marijuana push on doctors – Hartford Business Journal
Interviews with CSMS member Andrew Salner, MD and CSMS Legislative Chair David Emmel, MD

Study at Yale looks at eliminating repeat breast cancer surgeries – NH Register
Quotes from CSMS member Anees Chagpar, MD

Clinical study for preeclampsia underway at Yale – WTNH
Interview with CSMS member Michael Paidas, MD

Telemedicine the wrong way – Courant
Lead letter to the editor by CSMS Vice Chair Steve Wolfson, MD

The doctor is online and lawmakers are prescribing some rules – CT Mirror
Quotes from CSMS President Bob Russo, MD

Can the state build a better system to get your medical records to your doctors? – CT Mirror
Quotes from CSMS member Rep. Prasad Srinivasan, MD

Pregnant moms: know the signs of preeclampsia CT Now
Interview with CSMS member Adam Borgida, MD

House moves to treat vaping the same as smoking tobacco – CT News Junkie
“At a Public Health Committee public hearing in March, health advocates including the Connecticut State Medical Society urged lawmakers to ban e-cigarettes where tobacco products are banned.”

Bill would significantly change negligence law – News-Times LTE by CSMS member Scott Gray, MD

Healthy Rounds/WTIC – CSMS President Robert Russo, MD discussed SB 1028 (Dr. Russo’s segment begins at 9:38)

Safe baby sleep habits focus of new law  News-Times  Quote from CSMS member Kirsten Bechtel, MD

Quinnipiac University names senior associate dean at medical school – Hartford Business Journal Congratulations to CSMS member Richard Stahl, MD

Sen. Murphy hails “doc fix” legislation – Bristol Press Quote from CSMS President Robert Russo, MD

Can blueberries help control blood pressure in women? C-HIT Quotes from CSMS member Joseph Feuerstein, MD

CSMS President Bob Russo, MD was a guest on Views with Peggy Sayers, a cable program hosted by Public Health Committee member Rep. Peggy Sayers (D-60). Dr. Russo and Rep. Sayers discussed health care and health policy.

“Futility care”: hard medical choices at the end of life – NYT
Letter to the Editor from CSMS member Michael S. Honor, MD

CT restraining order bill: protection for women or an infringement of firearms rights? – CT Viewpoint
CSMS members Julie Rosenbaum, MD and Robert Nardino, MD on the need to protect victims of domestic violence.

Drop in Medicaid payments could have dire effects – News-Times
Letter to the Editor by CSMS member Bessie Montesano, MD  (scroll down – 2nd letter on page)

Database shows how doctors profit from pharmaceutical companies – WSFB
Quotes from CSMS member Velandy Manohar, MD

West Hartford sports bra boutique takes the pain out of exercising – Courant
Quotes from CSMS member Mary Jane Minkin, MD and Jonathan Schreiber, MD

UnitedHealthcare settles CT doc lawsuit for $11.5M – Hartford Business Journal
Quote from CSMS member Karen Laugel, MD

United Health Group spends $11.5M in settlement with doctors, medical societies – Courant
Quotes from CSMS member Karen Laugel, MD and CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

Drop in Medicaid payments could have dire effects – News-Times
Letter to the Editor by CSMS member Bessie Montesano, MD  (scroll down – 2nd letter on page)

West Hartford sports bra boutique takes the pain out of exercising – Courant
Quotes from CSMS member Mary Jane Minkin, MD and Jonathan Schreiber, MD

It’s doctors vs. trial lawyers in battle over bill to extend statute of limitations for lawsuits – Courant
Quotes from CSMS President-Elect Henry Jacobs, MD, JD

Medicaid cuts to OB-GYNs hazardous to women’s health – Courant op-ed
By CSMS members Susan Richman, MD and Mark DeFrancesco, MD

ER practices key to helping those addicted to painkillers – WFSB
Quote from CSMS member Gail D’Onofrio, MD

CT’s mentally ill need services, not prison, lawyers say – NH Register
Quote from CSMS member Howard Zonana, MD

The Science of Snake Oil – WNPR
Interview with CSMS member Steven Novella, MD

After providers complain, lawmakers consider changes to Medicaid audits – CT Mirror
Quote from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

Healthy Rounds/WTIC – Interview with CSMS President Robert Russo, MD
Part 1   Dr. Russo’s interview begins at 10:00   Part 2

State cutting Medicaid reimbursement for obstetric services – CT Post (also  Stamford Advocate)
Quotes from CSMS President Robert Russo, MD and CSMS member Joshua Copel, MD 

Budget cuts affect pregnant women – WTNH

Medicaid ob-gyn cuts worry doctors, advocates – CT Mirror

Quote from CSMS EVP/CEO Matt Katz

State Medicaid cuts for births leave providers stunned – Courant
Quotes from CSMS President Bob Russo, MD and CSMS member Mark DeFrancesco, MD

Medicare at 50: “Reasonable and Medically Necessary Treatment” – MedPage Today
Written by CSMS member Neil H. Brooks, MD – Part 1 of 6

Proposal to cut health neighborhoods misguided – CT News Junkie op-ed
CSMS EVP/CEO Matt Katz co-authored with Connecticut Health Policy Project executive director Ellen Andrews and MAPOC Complex care Committee co-chair Sheila Amdur

CT senators part of “doc fix” hangup that could cut Medicare fees – CT Mirror
Quote from CSMS EVP/CEO Matt Katz

Advocate pushes for awareness, treatment of female concussions – C-HIT Quotes from CSMS member Anthony Alessi, MD

Top CT experts discuss success of healthcare initative – UConn School of Business Panelists included CSMS EVP/CEO Matt Katz.

CSMS President Bob Russo, MD provided testimony at the 3/18/15 Judiciary Committee hearing on HB7015/aid-in-dying. Dr. Russo was quoted in the New Haven Register and the CT Post. The entire 13-hour hearing is available on CT-N (click here to view); Dr. Russo’s testimony begins at 2:29:39.

In controversial health care bills, some agreement on transparency – CT Mirror
Quotes from CSMS Legislative Chair David Emmel, MD and CSMS member Paul Taheri, MD

CSMS member David Hass, MD was interviewed on NBC Connecticut about a new high tech “pill cam” for non-invasive colon exams.

Time to pass bill protecting young athletes from concussion – CT Mirror op-ed CSMS members Michael Krinsky, MD, Karen Laugel, MD and David Wang, MD

Obamacare, private Medicare plans must keep updated doctor directories in 2016 – Kaiser Health News Quote from FCMA Executive Director Mark Thompson

Legislators grappling with fast-changing healthcare landscape – CT Mirror
Quote from CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD and CSMS SVP for Govt. Affairs Ken Ferrucci

Bill would help prevent crib deathStamford Advocate Quote from CSMS member Kirsten Bechtel, MD

Advocates: gender reassignment surgery should be covered – News Times Quote from CSMS member Stanton Honig, MD

Providers, advocates call Malloy Medicaid cuts short-sightedCT Mirror Quote from CSMS SVP for Govt. Affairs Ken Ferrucci

Lawmakers dig into telemedicine practice – Politico Pro
Quotes from CSMS President Bob Russo, MD
This is an abbreviated version of the article; the full article is available by subscription only.

Doctors strive to do less harm with inattentive care – NYT
Quotes from CSMS member Michael Bennick, MD

How to make surgery safer – WSJ
Quote from CSMS member Scott Ellman, MD on NSQIP program

Preserve Connecticut Medicaid Funding – CT Mirror op-ed – Submitted by CSMS, CT Hospital Association, CT Association of Health Care Facilities, CT Association for Healthcare at Home, and LeadingAge Connecticut.

Health network names new director of cancer services at Norwalk Hospital – Norwalk Daily Voice
CSMS member Thomas Rutherford, MD will lead expansion of WCHN cancer services

The doctor is out: insurers controlling health care – Courant
Op-ed by CSMS member Ed Volpintesta, MD

CSMS member Mark DeFrancesco, MD was a guest on WTIC’s Healthy Rounds. He spoke with program host (and CSMS member) Anthony Alessi, MD about healthcare disparities and the CSMS readmission disparities symposium. Listen to the interview here (segment begins at 09:49).

Connecticut ERs adopt guidelines to prevent painkiller abuse – WNPR
CSMS endorsement of guidelines cited in story

CT medical experts back use of measles vaccine – NH Register
Quote from CSMS member Eugene Shapiro, MD

Yale study highlights importance of  hospital discharge summaries – NH Register
Quote from CSMS Vice Chair Steven Wolfson, MD

Docs back more ills for medical pot – CT Post
Quotes from CSMS member Jonathan Kost, MD and CSMS SVP for Govt. Affairs Ken Ferrucci

Flu shot still viable as cases spike across state – CT Post Quotes from CSMS members Greg Dworkin, MD and Michael Parry, MD

Doctor sees benefits and side effects of ACA – WSJ
Interview with CSMS member Douglas Olson, MD

CT is dismantling its system of mental healthcare for children – CT Mirror op-ed
Authors include CSMS member Brian Keyes, MD

Facility fees pressuring physicians to talk costs with patients – Medical Economics
Quotes from CSMS Councilor Doug Gerard, MD and CSMS President Bob Russo, MD

Policymakers take a hard look at hospital facility fees – CT News Junkie
Testimony provided by CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD

Half of state hospitals exceed infection rates – Courant/C-HIT
Quote from CSMS member Rocco Orlando, MD

Insurers push tiered network plans to employers – Hartford Business Journal
Quote from CSMS EVP Matt Katz

CT joins states requiring more “medical” in med-spa staffing – NH Register/C-HIT
Quote from CSMS SVP for Gov’t. Affairs Ken Ferrucci

Insurers push tiered-network plans to CT employers – Hartford Business Journal Quotes from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

United Healthcare’s incorrect doctor listings causing confusion for Greater New Haven patients – New Haven Register Quotes from CSMS Vice Chair Steve Wolfson, MD

Blue-eyed people may face higher melanoma risk – WFSB Quote from CSMS member Jeffrey Salomon, MD

Medicare costs for breast screenings soar, but benefits remain unclear – C-HIT Quotes from CSMS members Anees Chagpar, MD, Cary Gross, MD, Liane Philpotts, MD, and Jean Weigert, MD

Devotion to Waterbury, education prompt $1M gift from David & Joan Reed – UConn Foundation David Reed, MD is a Life Member of CSMS

End of daylight savings time can bring health changes – NH Register Interview with CSMS member Paul Desan, MD

When doctors and nurses work together – NYT Interview with CSMS member Christian Pettker, MD

Pot trouble – Republican-American Quotes from CSMS member Andrew Salner, MD and CSMS Addiction Medicine Chair Mark Kraus, MD

Three organizations present community discussion on diabetes – Courant CSMS member M. Nathan Lassman, MD to be a speaker

Ebola guidelines for doctors’ offices called vague, vary by region – NYT  Quotes from CSMS members Rocco Orlando, MD and Ronald Vender, MD ; CSMS EVP Matt Katz

Hartford Hospital embarks on $150M expansion – Courant Interview with CSMS Councilor Courtland Lewis, MD

Medical groups to merge to provide multispecialty care – New Britain Herald Interview with CSMS member Michael Genovesi, MD

Insurers reaping profits while weakening healthcare – NH Register LTE from CSMS Vice Chair Steve Wolfson, MD

UM neurologist warns of concussion misinformation – Detroit News Interview with CSMS member Anthony Alessi, MD  click to hear the interview on Dr. Alessi’s Healthy Rounds program on WTIC

CT’s Medicare Advantage market sees new competition – Hartford Business Journal  Interview with CSMS President Bob Russo, MD and CSMS Councilor/HCMA President Bollepalli Subbarao, MD

One US hospital’s strategy for stopping Ebola’s advance – WNPR Interview with CSMS member Jack Ross, MD

Focusing on the eyesight of the young – Republican-American Interview with CSMS Treasurer Steve Thornquist, MD

Children’s mental health crisis aimed at addressing ER crisis – CT Mirror Quotes from CSMS member Lisa Namerow, MD

CT cracks down on reckless drivers – Yale Daily News Quote from CSMS member Kirsten Bechtel, MD

A cancer battle we can win – NYT op-ed by CSMS member Andrew Salner, MD

Plan aims to aid patients waiting for liver in New England – NH Register Quote from CSMS member David Mulligan, MD

This Morning with Ray Dunaway/WTIC     Interview with CSMS President-Elect Bob Russo, MD

Breakthrough surgery for epilepsy patients – WTNH With CSMS member Dennis Spencer, MD

Working smarter, not harder: data-driven improvement at the first accredited CIN – Becker’s Healthcare  Interview with CSMS member Michael Hunt, DO

Editorial didn’t address malpractice problems – Courant Letter to the Editor from Edward Volpintesta, MD

Don’t trivialize marijuana’s dangers – NH Register LTE by CSMS Life Member Arthur Taub, MD

This Morning with Ray Dunaway/WTIC Interview with CSMS President-Elect Bob Russo, MD

The false dichotomies of CAM and “integrative medicine”– Science-Based Medicine
Quote from CSMS member Steven Novella, MD

Obamacare, doctor pay, and access to care – WNPR/KHN Quotes from CSMS member Doug Gerard, MD and CSMS President-elect Bob Russo, MD

The mystery of the vanishing screwball – NYT Magazine Interview with CSMS member Carl Nissen, MD

Nurse practitioners gain flexibility with new state law – Kaiser Health News Quote from CSMS member Robert McLean, MD

Medical homes offer promise, challenges – NewsTimes.com Quotes from CSMS members David Howlett, MD and Thomas Meehan, MD

WTIC – Healthy Rounds CSMS President Mike Saffir, MD talked with Healthy Rounds host Dr. Anthony Alessi. (Dr. Saffir’s interview starts at 18:58)

GOPIO-CT honors Rep. Himes, five Indian-Americans – India West
CSMS Councilor Bollepalli Subbarao, MD honored for his achievements in medicine

Yale med students, volunteers commit to caring at Haven Free Clinic – NH Register  Quotes from CSMS med student members Isha Di Bartolo, Nicole Krenitsky, Ian McConnell, and Bobby Rosen

Druggists focus on science at marijuana symposium – Stamford Advocate Quotes from CSMS members Michael J. Brennan, MD and Andrew Salner, MD

$10M for CT stem cell researchers – Hartford Business Journal      CSMS member Joseph Craft, MD was the state’s top grant recipient

Indoor tanning leads to early skin cancer – WFSB
Quotes from CSMS member Jeffrey Salomon, MD

Connecticut Partnership for Patient Safety Forms Board – Becker’s Infection Control
New board includes CSMS members Linda Ellis, MD and Michael Krinsky, MD

Two local doctors try new model to offer “customized, enhanced” primary care – The Day
Interview with CSMS members Thomas Blum, MD and Domenic Casablanca, MD 

New Haven psychiatric service for children gets a brightening up – NH Register
Quote from CSMS member Andres Martin, MD

Screenings prevent half a million colon cancers – CT Post
Quote from CSMS member Cary Gross, MD

A pain not to be ignored – Greenwich Time
Quotes from CSMS member Pinar Kodaman, MD

UnitedHealthcare to drop 30 doctors from Medicare Advantage program in New Haven area – Courant
Quotes from CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

West Hartford ophthalmologist with an eye on tikkun olam – Jewish Ledger
Profile of CSMS member Alan Solinsky, MD

How insurers got between doctors, patients – Hartford Business News
Op-ed by CSMS member Jeffrey Rabuffo, MD

Health plans to docs: curb costs or we’ll kick you out – Medscape
Interview with CSMS President Michael Saffir, MD and CSMS EVP/CEO Matthew Katz

Hepatitis C screening bill headed to Governor’s desk – CT News Junkie
Quote from CSMS member Robert Nardino, MD

Malloy signs APRN bill – CT News Junkie
Quote from CSMS President Michael Saffir, MD

New law lets nurse practitioners work independently – Republican-American
Interview with CSMS President Michael Saffir, MD

Access remains limited in CT to OD reversal drug Narcan – NH Register
Quote from CSMS member Peter Rostenberg, MD

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