From the Offices of Elliot Joseph and Jeffry Nestler, MD
October 31, 2010 Edition

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"Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them." - John Maxwell

Agreement Reached with Anthem

Hartford Hospital reached an agreement late Friday with Anthem Blue Cross of Connecticut. “It was very important that we reach an agreement with Anthem that was fair and equitable and one that allows us to provide the highest-quality care to our patients,” said Jeffrey A. Flaks, EVP and COO of Hartford Hospital. “We want to thank physicians for their support of the essential services provided by Hartford Hospital.” Elliot Joseph, President and CEO of Hartford Healthcare and Hartford Hospital, said that achieving the new contract underscores the strength of Hartford Hospital’s partnerships with all of its physicians. Over the next several days, the hospital will be sending letters to patients with Anthem insurance informing them of the new contract and letting them know that they can continue their care without any disruption. 

Hartford Hospital Names Team of the Year: Fall Prevention Committee

The Fall Prevention Committee is the 2010 Hartford Hospital Team of the Year. The team received the award at a special State of the Hospital event on Oct. 26. Hartford Hospital now performs at a best practice level nationally in terms of fall prevention. Under the leadership of this team and hospital management, the hospital has seen a 47 percent reduction in falls and a 71 percent reduction in injuries. The team continues to explore the root causes of falls and has been invited to present its work at national conferences. It also has been contributing to literature on falls prevention. The committee includes Dr. Debra A. Pachucki of Emergency Medicine. Visit the Team of the Year Intranet page.

Hartford Hospital Opens New 26-bed Oncology Unit

Hartford Hospital’s Helen & Harry Gray Cancer Center officially opened a new 26-bed inpatient oncology unit on the second floor of the Conklin Building on Oct. 26. Patients were moved into the unit's private rooms the next day. The unit represents the new standard for inpatient care as Hartford Hospital builds new units: The rooms are private, larger than average to accommodate family and visitors and all rooms include private showers and flat-screen TVs. Construction of the unit took about one year at a cost of $11.5 million. Read the story about the new facility in The Hartford Courant.

Researchers study special vest for helping heart-attack victims

Researchers at Hartford Hospital are participating in a multi-hospital study called VEST PREDICTS to determine if wearing an external defibrillator vest, called LifeVest, can save a patient's life after a heart attack. The hospital was selected by the University of California at San Francisco and the National Institutes of Health to participate in the two-part study to examine if LifeVest can prevent sudden death for heart-attack victims awaiting an ICD. “We hope something as simple as wearing a vest can help more heart-attack victims live, so we can give them another chance at a healthy life,” said Dr. Steven Zweibel, principal investigator at Hartford Hospital and Director of Electrophysiology. Hartford Hospital is recruiting recent heart-attack victims with weak heart muscles for the study. Read the News Release. More information about VEST PREDICTS is available at

Important Medicare Enrollment Information for Physicians, Providers

Physicians, non-physician practitioners and other Medicare Part B providers and suppliers must establish their Medicare enrollment records by Nov. 1 in Medicare’s Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) to ensure their claims will be paid. Beginning Jan. 3, 2011, Medicare will reject Part B claims that fail the Ordering/Referring Provider edits. Although some providers may be enrolled in Medicare, those enrollment records may not be in PECOS. Providers should verify that they are active in PECOS. For more information about eligibility to order/refer services for Medicare beneficiaries and about claims that would be affected, please click here.

ED Allscripts Reminder

On Oct. 19, the Emergency Department transitioned from Sunrise Clinical Manager to ED Allscripts. This is a reminder to all ED consultants and admitting providers/clinicians to look in SCM on the ED ChartLink tab to find any ED specific visit information, including allergies, orders, nursing/provider documentation and ED patient location. If there are any questions, please contact Dr. Marc Palter at

Financial Update

Inpatient discharges were 1.1% below budget in the month of September and .9% below as compared to September of the prior year. Our inpatient discharges fell .1% below our budget for FY 2010; however, they were .2% greater than the total discharges for FY 2009.

Welcome Our New Physicians

Mary G. Covello, MD (Anesthesiology)
Venkata N. Dintyala, MD (Internal Medicine)
Syed U. Hadi, MD (Internal Medicine)
Catherine M. Hosley, MD (Neurology)
Paul J. Kaloudis, MD (Emergency Medicine)
Prasanta K. Karak, MD (Radiology)
Lavanya Korabathina, MD (Internal Medicine)
David L. Marinelli, MD (Radiology)
Vincent H. Pepe, MD (OB/GYN)
Gavin Schwarz, MD (Allergy)
Geetha R. Swamy Iyah, MD (Internal Medicine)
Joseph W. Tucker, MD (Pediatrics)



Grand Rounds: Current Therapy in Glioblastoma

Dr. Andrew Norden, Medical Director of Satellites and Network Affiliates at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will speak on “Current Therapy in Glioblastoma” from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Gilman Auditorium, Conklin Building. A Q-and-A session will be conduced from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Download the flier.

Grand Rounds: Cultural Sensitivity in Emergency Care

Grace Damio, MS, CD/N, Deputy Director, Center for Eliminating Health Disparities Among Latinos at the Hispanic Health Council and Karen D’Angelo, MSW, also of the Hispanic Health Council, will present “Social Determinants of Health: Implications for Emergency Care,” at noon, Wednesday, Nov. 3, in Gilman Auditorium, Conklin Building.

Grand Rounds: Multidisciplinary Cancer Care

Dr. Frederick L. Greene, chair of the Commission on Cancer, will speak on “Clinical Staging in the Multidisciplinary Management of the Cancer Patient: Discussion of New Standards as proposed by the Commission on Cancer for 2012," from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 4 in Gilman Auditorium, Conklin Building. A discussion of new standard will be conducted from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Download the flier.


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.