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First-Ever Guidelines on Early Childhood Beverages Take Aim at Sugar and More

Lilo H. Stainton | September 18, 2019 | Healthcare

New Jersey-based foundation funds healthcare collaboration that delivers first comprehensive instructions on healthy beverages for young children

NJ Vape Task Force Has Tight Deadline, Gets Down to Work

Lilo H. Stainton | September 17, 2019 | Healthcare
Panel will report on sales restrictions and state’s capacity to investigate health irregularities tied to e-cigarettes; new awareness campaign targets young people
Hospital Rideshare Program Helps Patients Keep Appointments
Lilo H. Stainton | September 16, 2019 | Healthcare
University Hospital joins growing number of NJ facilities trying to eliminate big hassle for some patients — getting to the doctor and getting home
Trying to Reduce ‘Costly Public Health Crisis’ of Senior Falls
Lilo H. Stainton | September 13, 2019 | Healthcare
In 2017, over 77,500 people in New Jersey were hospitalized from falls; Senate committee calls for $11.7 million pilot program to reduce fall risk among elderly Medicaid members
Governor creates task force to study vaping regulation
Michael Aron | NJTV News | September 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Announcement comes amid concerns about severe respiratory illness among e-cigarette users, including three cases in New Jersey
Minimum-Wage Hike May Cost Workers Medicaid But ACA Will Kick In
Lilo H. Stainton | September 12, 2019 | Healthcare
‘Coverage gap’ will affect relatively few low-income workers, but lawmakers and policymakers moving to protect them
NJ lawmakers consider barring pharmacies from selling tobacco, e-cigs
Joe Hernandez | WHYY | September 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Proposal comes in shadow of mysterious illness related to vaping. Separately, Senate President Steve Sweeney discusses outright ban of all electronic smoking devices in New Jersey
NJ Foundation Funds a Push for Equitable Medicaid Programs Nationally
Lilo H. Stainton | September 11, 2019 | Healthcare
State, insurance and healthcare officials in New Jersey will partner to reduce racial disparities in Medicaid’s maternal and infant care
Insurance Giant and Healthcare Providers Take Battle to Federal Court
Lilo H. Stainton | September 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield and American Specialty Health Group allege that various alternative healthcare providers have spread false and defamatory information against them
State Investigates Vaping’s Connection to Lung Disease
Lilo H. Stainton | September 4, 2019 | Healthcare
Reports of severe disease in 15 young e-cigarette users in New Jersey, more than 200 nationwide, lead to alarm among healthcare officials
How New Jersey Tries to Curb Cost of Prescriptions for Vulnerable Residents
Lilo H. Stainton | September 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Two state programs are aimed at reducing the price of premiums and out-of-pocket medication for NJ’s most vulnerable Medicare enrollees
Newark Disputes Elevated Lead Results in Downtown Building
Michael Hill | NJTV News | September 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Owners of luxury building in Newark had the water tested and say it’s not safe to drink, but city counters with tests of its own
Testing and Follow-up Urged for Newark, Doctors Caution Against Panic
Lilo H. Stainton | August 16, 2019 | Healthcare
Medical experts based in Newark advise against panic over elevated levels of lead in some of the city’s water; they note most lead poisoning cases there are caused by peeling paint
AtlantiCare Hospital System Expands Medical Education Program
Lilo H. Stainton | August 15, 2019 | Healthcare
Community-focused clinical training at new South Jersey regional campus of the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
On Streets Of Newark, Worry About Lead In Tap Water
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 14, 2019 | Healthcare
In wake of some elevated lead readings in homes with filtered water, officials are planning a much broader survey
NJIT Developing Data-Analytics Tool to Track Drug Distribution and Use
Lilo H. Stainton | August 14, 2019 | Healthcare
DrugTracker will scour social media posts, text messages and geospatial data for mention of drug activity, allowing aid organizations to respond more quickly to hot spots
Horizon Agreement Sparks Concerns for Some Healthcare Providers
Lilo H. Stainton | August 13, 2019 | Healthcare
If approved by the state, American Specialty Health Network would oversee Horizon’s acupuncture, chiropractic services, physical therapy and occupational therapy claims
New Measure Aims to Strengthen Patient Access to Palliative Care in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | August 12, 2019 | Healthcare
The law is also designed to improve access to hospice care; program expected to be in effect within three months
Distribution And Use Of Naloxone Rise in NJ And Across Nation
Lilo H. Stainton | August 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Various data sources make it clear that easy access to the overdose antidote is critical in preventing opioid deaths
NJ Launches Nation’s First Stress ‘Resiliency’ Program for Police Officers
Lilo H. Stainton | August 7, 2019 | Healthcare
An estimated 37 law-enforcement personnel have committed suicide in New Jersey since 2016
New Jersey May Refuse Title X Funding Over Abortion ‘Gag Rule’
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 7, 2019 | Healthcare
‘Gag rule’ imposed by Trump administration would bar any group that accepts Title X money from even discussing abortion with clients
With NJ Oversight, Health Insurance Exchange Could Launch a Year Early
Lilo H. Stainton | August 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Under a state proposal, New Jersey pledges to invest more than $2 million on consumer engagement for 2020 and plans to launch its own online portal by 2021
NJ Advocates Dismiss Trump’s Claim Video Games Cause Mass Shootings
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | August 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Gun control and rapid access to mental health treatment real keys to stem wave of violence washing over the country
New Online Tool Helps NJ Prescribers to Identify Cheaper Drug Options
Lilo H. Stainton | August 5, 2019 | Healthcare
Thousands of New Jersey healthcare providers now use the tool in hopes of cutting costs to patients and medical practices
Hospital Housing Initiative Grows Beyond Expectations, Funding Too
Colleen O'Dea | August 2, 2019 | Healthcare, Housing
At least six partnerships bringing housing to neighborhoods surrounding hospitals are expected to be underway by this time next year
Medical aid-in-dying Law Goes Into Effect
Joanna Gagis | NJTV News | August 2, 2019 | Healthcare
Legislation lays out multi-step process for those choosing to end their life when facing a terminal illness
Opinion: Can We Afford All This Healthcare Spending?
Richard F. Keevey | August 2, 2019 | Healthcare, Opinion
Healthcare Basics: A series that details the fundamentals of Medicare and Medicaid, two costly programs that play a critical role in keeping millions of Americans healthy
NJ Gets Mixed Grades on Annual Cancer Policy Report Card
Lilo H. Stainton | August 1, 2019 | Healthcare
American Cancer Society recommends Garden State invest in more public anti-smoking campaigns
Opinion: Medicare, A Bulwark of Elderly Care Now and Tomorrow
Richard F. Keevey | August 1, 2019 | Healthcare, Opinion
Healthcare Basics: A series that details the fundamentals of Medicare and Medicaid, two costly programs that play a critical role in keeping millions of Americans healthy
NJ Works to Curb Hepatitis A Outbreak as Infection Spreads in Many States
Lilo H. Stainton | July 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Rapid increase in cases across country; more than 300 in New Jersey in past seven months
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