From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
September 5, 2010 Edition

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"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." - Wayne Gretzky

Code Dependent: A Project to Meet New Federal Standards

Hartford Healthcare is launching a system-wide HIPAA 5010 / ICD-10 compliance program. Thomas Marchozzi, EVP and CFO, and Stephan O’Neill, VP and CIO, are program sponsors. Luis Taveras is program executive and Cindy Pugliese and Nio Queiro are program advisors. New 5010 electronic transaction sets must be implemented by January 2012. ICD-10-CM/PCS must be implemented with discharges or encounters beginning Oct. 1, 2013. These changes will affect all physicians and healthcare providers. Simply achieving compliance with ICD-10 will require information technology remediation, extensive education, adaptations of policies, procedures and forms in every clinical area in the organization. More information on the project will be available in the next Seymour Street Journal.

Physician Engagement Key to Enhancing Education at Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital is the region’s largest teaching hospital and its educational mission is integral to its service to patients and families throughout Connecticut and beyond. The Hartford Hospital medical staff plays a significant role in this training mission. “Our physicians are uniquely positioned to serve as both clinicians and teachers,” said. Jeffry Nestler, MD, president of the Hartford Hospital Medical Staff. “I strongly encourage my colleagues to actively support educational programs and to help strengthen our commitment to the educational mission of the medical school” UConn is restructuring committees that oversee and manage the undergraduate medical curriculum and it is looking for increased involvement from both basic science and clinical faculty. This is an opportunity for skilled and experienced Hartford Hospital physicians wishing to play a larger role in medical education. Specifically, both basic science and clinical faculty are needed to serve on the Curriculum Policy Subcommittee and the Course and Curriculum Evaluation Committee. (more)

New Concussion Law: Hartford Hospital in the News

A new state law requires athletic coaches throughout the state to receive training in the risks and warning signs of concussions. In addition, players who suffer concussions must now receive medical clearance before returning to the field. A.J. Smally, MD, director of Emergency Medicine talked to WVIT-TV, NBC 30, and emergency medicine specialist Cynthia Price, MD, spoke to WTIC-TV, Fox 61, for stories about the increased incidence of sports-related concussions and the new law.

Financial Update

Total revenues for the month were above budget by $9.7 million -- inpatient discharges and outpatient revenues slightly above budget. The primary factor for revenues being above budget for the month were non-clinical revenues of approximately $9.0 million related to our captive insurance company. July had a gain from operations of $5.7 million vs. a budgeted gain of $729K. Year to date through July we have a gain from operations of $10.3 million vs. a budget of $ 9.6 million. Expenses for the month were over budget by $4.7 million. Largest expense variances in the supply category ($1.5 million) and salaries/fringe benefits ($1.1 million). Expenses will continue to be monitored for the remainder of the year.

HH2020: Building Our Future

There are a number of upcoming closures required to complete projects that support clinical care and that create public spaces that set the tone for a high-quality patient encounter:

  • Beginning Tuesday, select portions of ERC 2 will be closed for construction. Work will be performed in several phases, with phase 1 closing the bridge to ERC 2 for approximately 2 weeks. Maps posted within the ERC will show detour routes.
  • Also beginning on Tuesday, the Cancer Center lobby will be closed during the evenings (from 6 pm – 2 am) for about 10 days in order to accommodate construction work. An alternate exit is available by the South Building elevators.
  • Starting Thursday, the bridge connecting the Conklin Building and the South Building will be closed through early October. Patients will be transported through the underground tunnel. Staff members are encouraged to use the tunnel or outdoor routes to travel between the buildings.
  • Starting Friday, the Main Lobby will be closed evenings (9 p.m. to 5 p.m.) for about two weeks in order to accommodate construction work. All patients and staff will be routed through Admitting.

13th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter, October 22

Lite 100.5 and Hartford Hospital are proud to present Lily Tomlin for the 13th Annual Nite of Lite Laughter fundraising event on Friday, October 22, at the Bushnell Theatre in Hartford. Proceeds will support Breast Cancer Programs at the Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center. Tickets are on sale at the Bushnell Box Office. Tickets are available by phone at (860) 987-5900 or online at

Research Update: Scientific Progress for Patients

The 2010 Research Symposium, "Genomics and Personalized Medicine: The Future is Now" will take place on 10/14/10 from 4 to 6:30 pm on Thursday, Oct. 14, in Heublein Hall at the Educational Resource Center on the Hartford Hospital campus. The keynote speaker will be Lawrence J. Lesko, PhD, FCP, Director, Office of Clinical Pharmacology, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration. A wine and cheese reception and poster session will follow the presentations. Attendance is free. Please contact Chris Harvey (860) 545- 5620 to register. Investigators interested in presenting posters are invited to contact Anita Fowler (860) 545-2093 for more information.

The Seymour Street Journal (SSJ) has been developed to communicate key messages pertinent to our hospital’s physicians. It will keep you informed and up-to-date on hospital, network, and health care news in a concise, convenient format. The SSJ will be sent to your preferred e-mail address every other Sunday. Back issues can be viewed here. For any questions or suggestions, please contact Dr. Jeffry Nestler, Medical Staff President, at (860) 836-7313.