December 27, 2017

Hartford Hospital seeks state OK for geriatrics transition to lower cost, expand care

Hartford Hospital is seeking state approval to transition certain primary care and geriatric services it provides at Duncaster, a continuing care retirement community in Bloomfield, to a Hartford HealthCare medical group, in order to lower costs and expand treatment beyond Duncaster.

Duncaster services and providers, who are hospital employees, will not change, but transitioning services now operated and billed by the hospital to HHC Physicians Care Inc., which does business as Hartford HealthCare Medical Group, will eliminate the facility fee associated with hospital-based services and lower consumers' cost of care, according to a Certificate of Need (CON) filed with the state Office of Health Care Access.

Additionally, once the Duncaster clinic's providers are integrated into the medical group, they will be able to treat patients at other medical group locations across Hartford HealthCare's system, expanding access to primary care and geriatric care services, the CON says.

The medical group "employs a limited number of geriatricians and their services are in great demand across the system, as the population of Connecticut ages," according to the CON.

"If approved, this proposal will strengthen the state's health care system by eliminating facility fees and reducing the overall cost of care for consumers," it adds.

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