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Growing Role Seen for Local Health Officers in Fostering Community Health

Andrew Kitchenman | November 25, 2015 | Healthcare

New health commissioner foresees more collaboration with hospitals and doctors in community wellness initiatives

Doctors, Hospitals Still Oppose Revised Bill to Limit Out-of-Network Charges

Andrew Kitchenman | November 24, 2015 | Healthcare
Opponents argue that legislation gives insurance companies far too much power when negotiating prices
Morristown Medical Center Ruling Leaves Assessors with Property-Tax Headache
Andrew Kitchenman | November 23, 2015 | Healthcare
With few guideposts to go by, municipal tax assessors try to determine what local nonprofit hospitals are worth
Seventeen ‘Tier 2’ Hospitals Go to Court to Block Horizon’s OMNIA Plans
Andrew Kitchenman | November 20, 2015 | Healthcare
Former chief of state Department of Banking and Insurance leads plaintiff action against his former agency
Police Chief: Require Hospital Trip for Survivors of Opioid Overdoses
Andrew Kitchenman | November 19, 2015 | Healthcare
Use of overdose antidote has reduced deaths, but follow-up treatment deemed crucial to prevent return to drug use
Legislation to Limit Surprise Medical Bills Goes Forward Without Price Index
Andrew Kitchenman | November 18, 2015 | Healthcare
Sponsors make cut, hoping to give measure better chance of passing lame-duck session, craft second bill for index
Morristown Medical Center Tax Ruling Ripples Through Garden State
Andrew Kitchenman | November 17, 2015 | Healthcare
While towns ponder generating revenue by taxing local facilities, nonprofit hospitals and their legislative advocates push statewide legislation
Pharmacies Say Low Reimbursement for Generics Costs Money, Customers
Andrew Kitchenman | November 16, 2015 | Healthcare
Bill would add pricing transparency, but third-party benefit managers say measure would mean higher costs for insurance providers, patients
Health Policy Experts in NJ Agree on Potential Benefits of Telemedicine
Andrew Kitchenman | November 13, 2015 | Healthcare
But sides debate billing questions, lack of in-person contact, and letting doctors with no ties to Garden State treat patients here from afar
Deal Strips Morristown Medical Center of Some of Its Tax-Exempt Status
Andrew Kitchenman | November 12, 2015 | Healthcare
Atlantic Health agrees to pay property taxes on 24 percent of Morristown Medical Center
East Orange General Hospital’s Bankruptcy Filing Could Slow Pending Sale
Andrew Kitchenman | November 12, 2015 | Healthcare
Move could strategically lower costs for future operator; Prospect Medical Holdings remains interested
Saint Michael’s Board Sticks with Original Bidder, to Critic’s Dismay
Andrew Kitchenman | November 10, 2015 | Healthcare
Hospital representatives point to higher purchase price, capital investment, but public-interest advocate sees little new that will benefit public
Saint Michael’s Medical Center Board Will Meet to Review Bids Today
Andrew Kitchenman | November 9, 2015 | Healthcare
Prime Healthcare and Prospect Medical Holdings, both for-profit chains, have submitted offers to acquire Newark hospital
Citing Health Benefits of Safer Guns, Weinberg Tries Increasingly Popular Tactic
Andrew Kitchenman | November 6, 2015 | Healthcare
NJ state senator promotes bill mandating availability of safety technology as way to prevent accidental and other gun deaths
Even With Advantages of Suburban Life, Many Residents Still Not Healthy
Andrew Kitchenman | November 5, 2015 | Healthcare
In Morris County, long commutes, difficult-to-reach parks and income inequality cited as factors contributing to poor health
Saint Michael’s Medical Seeks Four-Month Delay in Liquidation Plan
Andrew Kitchenman | November 4, 2015 | Healthcare
Situation remains unsettled as different potential bidders would lead to divergent futures for Newark healthcare
Barriers to Sharing Data Sources Could Be Overcome by Proposed Bill
Andrew Kitchenman | November 2, 2015 | Healthcare
Integrated Population Health Database would unite information from health and social services
Sandy’s Legacy Includes Heightened Awareness of Behavioral-Health Needs
Andrew Kitchenman | October 30, 2015 | Healthcare, Sandy
Health experts see broader support for making needed referrals ever since storm slammed the Shore
What’s Needed to Make Healthcare More Efficient and Effective in NJ?
Andrew Kitchenman | October 29, 2015 | Healthcare
Experts say shift in focus to health outcomes is key – and that state needs to play greater role in gathering data to help target resources and efforts
New Home of Rutgers Institute: Interdisciplinary from the Ground Up
Andrew Kitchenman | October 28, 2015 | Healthcare
Open labs and workspaces encourage the kind of collaboration needed to tackle toughest issues in public health
It’s Time to Start ‘Window Shopping’ for Marketplace Health Coverage for 2016
Andrew Kitchenman | October 27, 2015 | Healthcare
With ACA insurance sign-ups resuming Nov. 1, experts advise careful look at both premium costs and out-of-pocket expenses
Would-Be Buyer of East Orange General Hospital Offers Olive Branch
Andrew Kitchenman | October 26, 2015 | Healthcare
Unlike combative tone taken by others, group expresses willingness to cooperate with other hospitals, state officials
NJ Moves to Expand Services to Help Stroke Victims with Language Disorder
Andrew Kitchenman | October 23, 2015 | Healthcare
Statewide task force would help people with condition known as aphasia connect with available treatments and support groups
Rise of ‘Telemedicine’ Drives Move Toward Multi-State Nursing Agreement
Andrew Kitchenman | October 22, 2015 | Healthcare
State lawmakers, nursing groups want to make sure NJ health-safety standards are maintained
Sluggish Renewal Rates Could Cost New Medicaid Recipients Their Coverage
Andrew Kitchenman | October 21, 2015 | Healthcare
Success of Medicaid expansion could be undercut by problems reaching recent enrollees
Health Policy Innovators Shifting Focus from Hospitals to Communities
Andrew Kitchenman | October 20, 2015 | Healthcare
At NJ Spotlight On Cities, cross-sector partnerships -- including healthcare providers, businesses, schools -- cited as key to healthier urban centers
‘Seven Day Pledge’ Shows Results for Innovative Coalition in Camden
Andrew Kitchenman | October 19, 2015 | Healthcare
Program encourages doctors, patients to have follow-up visit within week of hospitalization, fostering improved health
How Will Sale of Saint Michael’s Transform Healthcare in Newark?
Andrew Kitchenman | October 16, 2015 | Healthcare
The answer lies with the Christie administration and which of several competing options it decides to pursue
Cross-State Partnerships on the Rise as NJ Hospital Groups Compete for Patients
Andrew Kitchenman | October 15, 2015 | Healthcare
Virtua-Penn Medicine alliance comes two years after rival Cooper’s partnership with renowned cancer center in Texas
Senators Urge State, Fed Agency to Delay Launch of OMNIA Coverage Tiers
Andrew Kitchenman | October 14, 2015 | Healthcare
But observers say Federal Trade Commission isn’t likely to block plans, which are touted by insurer as way to limit healthcare costs
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