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Families of Special-Needs Kids Seek Flexibility in Scheduling At-Home Nursing Care

Andrew Kitchenman | March 5, 2015 | Healthcare

Bill would allow juggling of hours to accommodate work and family needs, but insurers worry about patient safety, possible waste and fraud

Prognosis Bleak for Many in NJ if Supreme Court Rejects Health Insurance Tax Credits

Andrew Kitchenman | March 4, 2015 | Healthcare
Losing subsidies under Affordable Care Act could prove disastrous for residents with health problems who might lose insurance
Three Newark-Area Hospitals May Switch to Offering Only Outpatient Services
Andrew Kitchenman | March 3, 2015 | Healthcare
Two others would still be full-fledged facilities, with one becoming state-of-the-art regional medical center, if state adopts recommendations
Helping New Jerseyans Get a Handle on How to Prevent, Manage Diabetes
Andrew Kitchenman | March 2, 2015 | Healthcare
Bill would fund education programs in the state, which has nation's third-highest rate of obese kids at future risk for disease
After Linking Clinic-Funding Vetoes to Cost, Christie Now Claims ‘Pro-Life’ Motives
Andrew Kitchenman | February 27, 2015 | Healthcare
Following switch in rhetoric in front of conservative audience, governor draws fire from state Sen. Loretta Weinberg on women’s health and family planning
Phone Line Offers Expert Advice to People Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients
Andrew Kitchenman | February 27, 2015 | Healthcare
Highland Park man among those who found support, advice through Care2Caregivers from Rutgers Behavioral Health Care
New Emergency Alerts Would Help Find Missing NJ Residents with Disabilities
Andrew Kitchenman | February 26, 2015 | Healthcare
People with intellectual, developmental disabilities could be at risk if they wander away from family or caregivers
Christie’s Proposed Health Budget Slashes $148M From Hospital Charity Care
Andrew Kitchenman | February 25, 2015 | Budget, Healthcare
Administration argues that cuts are counterbalanced by ACA Medicaid expansion, which has thinned the ranks of the uninsured
Profile: Association’s Leader Deftly Keeps Hospitals in NJ Working Together
Andrew Kitchenman | February 25, 2015 | Healthcare, Profiles
Ryan draws on government, legal experience in advocacy for diverse group of hospitals
In Camden, Housing the Homeless to Ease Strain on Health Resources
Andrew Kitchenman | February 24, 2015 | Healthcare
State, county, city, hospitals, nonprofits unite to support Housing First pilot, with eye to potential expansion
Explainer: Children’s Health Insurance Program Helps Keep Medical Costs Low
Andrew Kitchenman | February 24, 2015 | Healthcare, Explainer
But families could face skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs if federal funding isn’t renewed before October
Scheduled Induced-Labor Deliveries Continue to Decline at NJ Hospitals
Andrew Kitchenman | February 23, 2015 | Healthcare
Number of episiotomies performed also diminishes, but still ranks among highest in the nation, report indicates
Small Grants for Local Health Initiatives Have Big Impact on NJ Communities
Andrew Kitchenman | February 20, 2015 | Healthcare
Network’s projects encourage kids to walk to school, help local markets offer fresh food, prods towns to consider pedestrians-bikers in road projects
Quarter-Million More NJ Residents Sign Up for Health Insurance Under ACA
Andrew Kitchenman | February 19, 2015 | Healthcare
Enrollment deadline may be extended to allow others to avoid federal tax penalty for not having coverage
Bill Would Let Poor NJ Residents Make Informed End-of-Life Decisions
Andrew Kitchenman | February 18, 2015 | Healthcare
Codey-backed measure would extend state Medicaid to reimburse for ‘advance-care’ planning
NJ Human Services Chief Will Leave to Work in Healthcare Industry
Andrew Kitchenman | February 18, 2015 | Healthcare
Velez takes post with Barnabas Health; eight-year tenure marked by deftness in handling policy issues under two different governors
Would State’s New Rules for Developmentally Disabled Do More Harm Than Good?
Andrew Kitchenman | February 17, 2015 | Healthcare
Plan would encourage more integrated housing, require more activities outside in community -- but advocates for disabled call rules impractical, too costly
Sweeney Pilot Aims to Save Money, Improve Public-Employee Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | February 13, 2015 | Healthcare
Program could shift emphasis onto better health rather than paying for services
Bill Aims to End Insurance Company Management of Behavioral Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | February 11, 2015 | Healthcare
Advocates for change say providers know best, while insurers call criticism misplaced
ACA Health Insurance Sign-Ups Pushed as Enrollment Deadline Looms
Andrew Kitchenman | February 11, 2015 | Healthcare
As economic benefits to NJ become apparent, local efforts intensify, especially those targeting Latino residents
Nurses Urge State to Increase Mandated Staffing Levels at Hospitals
Andrew Kitchenman | February 10, 2015 | Healthcare
Unions say it would improve patient safety, but hospital managers say they must have flexibility to assign staff to according to circumstances
Panelists: Must Coordinate Insurance Coverage, Behavioral Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | February 9, 2015 | Healthcare
Experts: Bridging gap requires better cooperation and communication between insurer and providers and with patients about mental-health and addiction services
Legislature Grapples with How to Regulate Biologics, New Class of Medication
Andrew Kitchenman | February 6, 2015 | Healthcare
Measure would require pharmacists to inform doctors when they use new drugs, as well as generic 'biosimilars'
DNA Tests on Herbal Supplements Prompt Safety Warnings to Consumers
Andrew Kitchenman | February 5, 2015 | Healthcare
NJ poison-control official cites allergic-reaction concerns; industry representatives dismiss testing method as unreliable
NJ’s Dramatic Gains in Health Coverage Come Into Focus as Sign-Ups Under ACA Continue
Andrew Kitchenman | February 4, 2015 | Healthcare
Medicaid adds nearly 400,000, while more than 210,000 state residents have chosen marketplace insurance plans
Gov. Christie’s Comments About Vaccine ‘Choice’ Anger Some Doctors
Andrew Kitchenman | February 3, 2015 | Healthcare
Pediatricians urge parents to follow mandatory vaccination schedule, except in cases of rare medical conditions
Legislation Would Help End Confusion About Surrogate Mothers, Supporters Say
Andrew Kitchenman | February 2, 2015 | Healthcare
Despite previous Christie veto, measure seeks to clear up legal responsibilities of intended parents, carriers of babies
The List: Top NJ Hospitals Getting Medicare Bonuses for Quality, Efficiency
Andrew Kitchenman | February 2, 2015 | Healthcare, The List
‘Value-based purchasing’ features bonuses and penalties to hospitals, part of shift toward outcomes rather than services rendered
Measure Aims to Speed Up Food Stamp Applications, Ease Burden on Recipients
Andrew Kitchenman | January 30, 2015 | Healthcare
Chief sponsor argues that bill would prevent residents from having to choose between paying mortgage and putting food on the table
Proposed Legislation Would Require Baby Boomers to Be Offered Tests for Hepatitis C
Andrew Kitchenman | January 29, 2015 | Healthcare
Doctors and hospitals protest that mandated screening would be expensive and time-consuming
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