Connecticut was ahead of other states in setting up a health insurance exchange, but it lags on modernizing how health care is delivered to patients.
With the new health care overhaul law and a growing push in the state to cut costs while improving patient care, Connecticut is now moving toward a streamlined and better-coordinated, patient-centered system of medical treatment.
The Wallingford-based HealthyCT is a new nonprofit insurance company participating in the online insurance exchange. It's providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to help 75 practices become certified as patient-centered practices.
Proponents say this approach ensures patients get the right care at the right place, reducing costly duplicative tests and emergency room visits while focusing on early intervention and wellness.
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