July 26, 2022

Celebrating 230 Years
1792 - 2022
Public Health Emergency Extended To October 13, 2022

The U.S. Public Health Emergency (PHE) has been extended through October 13, 2022. CDC data shows that more than half of the country's population lives in a county with a high COVID–19 Community Level, where the health care system is at risk of becoming overburdened and universal indoor masking is recommended. (The CDC categorizes Community Levels as low, medium, and high based on the number of COVID–19 cases in each community, and the impact of severe disease on community–based healthcare systems.) Continuing the PHE supports wide access to free COVID–19 testing, therapeutic treatment, and vaccines. Without extension of the PHE, physicians would have had limited access to the “test to treat” initiative, which relies, in part, on telehealth. CNN Health reports here:  Covid-19 public health emergency extended in the US - CNN).
EMTALA Preempts State Laws, including Bans on Abortion Procedures

Secretary Becerra sent a letter to all hospitals and health care providers reminding them of their obligation to comply with EMTALA. The Secretary’s letter clarifies that EMTALA requirements preempt any state laws that restrict access to stabilizing medical treatment, including abortion procedures and other treatments that may result in the termination of a pregnancy. 
CMS also released an updated guidance to hospitals reinforcing that EMTALA requirements apply to all hospitals in all states regardless of the state law to the contrary.  

CMS held a conference call on these communications. There were a number of questions about preemption. CMS officials repeatedly stated that EMTALA would preempt state law and would be a defense for criminal prosecutions. It is anticipated that this issue will end up in the courts.  
Connecticut Minimum Wage Increased

On July 1, Connecticut's minimum wage increased from $13.00 per hour to $14.00 per hour. The change is the result of legislation passed three years age that schedules several increases in the minimum wage over a five-year-period.

Public Act 19-4 requires the following:

  • $11.00 on October 1, 2019;
  • $12.00 on September 1, 2020;
  • $13.00 on August 1, 2021;
  • $14.00 on July 1, 2022; and
  • $15.00 on June 1, 2023.
Medical Professionals Included in CT's "Red Flag" Law Concerning Firearms

In 1999, Connecticut passed the groundbreaking Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) or “Red Flag Law” that enables concerned family members to have firearms removed from the homes of loved ones who pose a risk to themselves or others. This law served as a framework for other states in the nation.
In 2021, Connecticut’s Red Flag Law was strengthened by expanding the number of people who have the right to trigger an ERPO investigation and growing the list of professionals who are empowered to intervene. This list includes medical professionals. These changes will go into effect on July 1. For more information about the updated Red Flag Law, visit this link.
CT Paid Family Leave Notification Requirement 

  • Requires medical practices to notify their employees - at the time of hiring and every year thereafter - about their entitlement to family and medical leave and family violence leave. The law also prohibits employer retaliation against an employee for requesting, applying for, or using family medical leave
  • For more information, or to submit a claim, click here

Physician Social, Award Ceremony and Entertainment

Thursday, November 3, 2022
10 North Water Street
Norwalk, CT
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Details Coming Soon
Stamford Medical/Dental Office Space in Prime Location


1,674 sq.ft. of professional office space in exclusive medical/dental professional handicap accessible building next to Stamford Hospital Tully Center. Office includes: 5 treatment rooms, reception room, front desk area, staff lunch room and 2 bathrooms for patients and staff.
Email inquiries to: [email protected].

In Need of a Donated EKG Machine

A start-up medical assistant and phlebotomy training program in Fairfield County is in need of an EKG machine. Any model or age is acceptable.

Contact Jennifer Summerville at [email protected]
or call 475.300.3558
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