HARTFORD, Conn.-Connecticut lawmakers mandated longer hospital stays and home-care visits for maternity patients. The governor last month signed the law requiring insurers to cover up to 48 hours of care following a normal delivery and 96 hours after a Caesarean section. Follow-up visits must be provided by someone trained in postpartum and newborn pediatric care. But the law excludes language sought by the Connecticut State Medical Society that would have prohibited insurance plans from dropping or retaliating against physicians who order longer stays for new moms. That language had been added to other patient protections in a managed-care bill that earlier died on the state Senate floor.
PRINCETON, N.J.-George F. Lynn was inducted as chairman of the 115-member New Jersey Hospital Association at the association's recent annual meeting. Lynn, 51, is president and chief executive officer of AtlantiCare Health System, Pleasantville, N.J.