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‘Regional Health Hubs’ Aim to Improve Services for Medicaid Patients

Lilo H. Stainton | June 19, 2019 | Healthcare

NJ healthcare coalitions have had success focusing on complex health and social needs of high-demand Medicaid patients. Now they have a new roadmap for an even more integrated approach

Lawsuit Over Greystone Safety, Treatment Raises Questions About Reforms

Lilo H. Stainton | June 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Current and former patients, supported by staff, allege hospital administrators and state health officials have allowed dangerous conditions to continue at psychiatric hospital
Flesh-eating bacterium is on the rise in Delaware Bay, doctors warn
Jon Hurdle | June 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Cooper University Health Care has treated five patients over the last two summers who were infected, a sharp increase over previous years; one of the patients died
Menendez, Others Try to Stop Surprise Out-of-Network Medical Bills
Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | June 17, 2019 | Healthcare
Advocates say loopholes in New Jersey law would be closed if bipartisan federal measure succeeds
NJ Opioid Tax Details Emerge, But Plan Lacks Legislative Sponsor
Lilo H. Stainton | June 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor’s proposal would enable the state to charge a fee of up to $5 million on companies that manufacture opiates in New Jersey
NJ Lawmakers Seeking to Expand Access to STD Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Legislation to allow for medication to be prescribed for the sexual partner of someone diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease is up for Assembly vote today
Healthcare Improves in NJ, but Spending Remains a Concern
Lilo H. Stainton | June 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Garden State turns in strong showing for low mortality rates for suicide and alcohol, but growing opioid epidemic continues to pull down state’s rankings
Raft of Bills Advance to Ease Way for State Health Insurance Exchange
Lilo H. Stainton | June 10, 2019 | Healthcare
Democratic-led effort to replace federal exchange; insurance and business interests, although generally supportive, have questions
State Seeks New Infection Protections at Some Long-Term Care Facilities
Lilo H. Stainton | June 7, 2019 | Healthcare
After tragic results of viral outbreak at pediatric center last year, Department of Health outlines measures to prevent a repeat
State Lawmakers Seek to Improve Drug-Pricing Transparency
Lilo H. Stainton | June 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Public website listing wholesale costs for specific meds, as well as dose, brand, and generics, could transform prescribers into savvy shoppers
Governor and Lawmakers Diverge over Medical Marijuana Expansion
Carly Sitrin | June 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Legislators are working on a bill to expand the state’s medical marijuana program, but the Murphy administration already is a step ahead and has announced its own expansion plan
Controversial Proposal Advances to Ease Restrictions on APN Practice
Lilo H. Stainton | June 5, 2019 | Healthcare
Senate committee approves bill allowing specially trained nurses to write prescriptions for medications and devices
Some Gains, But More Room for Improvement in NJ Maternal Care
Lilo H. Stainton | June 4, 2019 | Healthcare
Many Garden State birthing centers have more work to do to reduce cesarean sections and other potentially hazardous procedures
A Longer Wait For Expansion Of Medical Marijuana Program
Carly Sitrin | May 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Last-minute amendments to bill that eases access under the state’s existing program will force a revote in the Assembly
Looking to Get to Grips with Loneliness Among NJ’s Elderly, Others at Risk
Lilo H. Stainton | May 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Social isolation is a public health concern, says Assemblyman; a new task force would assess its reach in New Jersey and recommend ways to alleviate it
Health Commissioner Tussles on Twitter over Vaping as Anti-Smoking Aid
Lilo H. Stainton | May 30, 2019 | Healthcare
When Elnahal tweets that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to regular cigarettes, pro-vapers respond with criticism — and invective
Plans Emerge for NJ Health Insurance Marketplace, New Protections
Lilo H. Stainton | May 29, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey Democrats are pushing back hard against Trump and the GOP’s attempts to gut Obamacare
Extended Pollen Season Is Bad News for Allergy Sufferers
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | May 29, 2019 | Healthcare
The pollen season has become more prolonged over the past 20 years. And doctors in New Jersey are treating more patients for allergies
NJ Takes Next Step Toward Palliative Care Education, Outreach
Lilo H. Stainton | May 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Making sure nursing homes, hospitals, patients and their families understand services available for end-of-life care is one goal of legislation
Measles Exposure Earlier This Month Makes Newark Terminal B A Hot Zone
Brenda Flanagan | NJTV News | May 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Public-health alert focuses attention once again on vaccinations, gives anti-vaxxers another chance to register objections
Assembly Easily Passes Bill to Expand NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program
Carly Sitrin | May 24, 2019 | Healthcare
Measure is expected to be taken up by the Senate within a week; it widens access, increases allowable quantities for patients and sets up oversight commission
AG Joins Lawsuit to Defend State’s Federal Healthcare Funding
Lilo H. Stainton | May 22, 2019 | Healthcare
Trying to fend off Trump administration’s new rule that would let providers decline to perform abortions, other services on moral or religious grounds
State Shares Good News About Reforms at Psychiatric Hospitals
Lilo H. Stainton | May 21, 2019 | Healthcare
DOH is putting its back — and its budget — into making facilities more responsive to patients, safer for staff
Providers of Key Child Therapies Plagued by Billing System Problems
Lilo H. Stainton | May 20, 2019 | Healthcare
Now the state wants to recoup millions that it loaned to agencies pending a fix even though billing troubles — and payment troubles — persist
Questions About NJ’s Surprise-Billing Law, And One Call for Changes
Lilo H. Stainton | May 16, 2019 | Healthcare
Although out-of-state transfers are rare, one doctor insists patients fully understand out-of-pocket costs, before they go anywhere
New Jersey Seniors Get Healthier but They’re Not Exactly Fitness Fanatics
Lilo H. Stainton | May 15, 2019 | Healthcare
NJ ranks 21st among the states for the health of its older residents but only 42nd for seniors’ level of physical activity
New Rules to Further Expand NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program
Lilo H. Stainton | May 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Regulations will cut red tape for young patients, ease the way for more diseases or symptoms to be covered, among other changes
Attorney General Files Antitrust Suit Against 20 Generic Drug Companies
NJTV News | May 14, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey joins multistate suit that alleges prices of more than 100 drugs were artificially inflated
Vote on Expanding NJ Hospital Angioplasty Services, After Years of Talk
Lilo H. Stainton | May 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Common procedure is lucrative and potentially lifesaving but it’s unavailable in less populated parts of state, except in emergencies
Overdose-Reversal Agent Scarce in Some NJ Urban Areas
Lilo H. Stainton | May 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Naloxone more likely to be stocked by suburban drugstores, even though call for medication much higher in poorer cities
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