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State Legislators Aim to Boost Number of Nursing Assistants at Homes

Andrew Kitchenman | September 4, 2015 | Healthcare

Industry advocates estimate cost of increased staffing at $123 million, but bill has support of union

Narrow Insurance Networks -- Popular in NJ -- Extend to Relatively Few Providers

Andrew Kitchenman | September 3, 2015 | Healthcare
Analysts say new research will help consumers make tradeoffs between access and prices
Legislators Press Christie Administration on Need for More Psychiatric Beds
Andrew Kitchenman | September 2, 2015 | Healthcare
Democrats want answers on reversal of state call for services after hearing from hospitals, behavioral-health providers
New Jersey Businesses See Sharp Increase in Family Health-Insurance Premiums
Andrew Kitchenman | September 1, 2015 | Healthcare
One-year bump in workers covered through employers bucks national, long-term trends
NJ Hospitals Vaccinate Employees Against Flu, with Mixed Results
Andrew Kitchenman | August 31, 2015 | Healthcare
State’s overall rate of inoculating workers against flu is just 64 percent, compared with 75 percent nationally
The List: NJ Hospitals That Can Do a Better Job of Safeguarding Patients
Andrew Kitchenman | August 31, 2015 | Healthcare, The List
Leapfrog Group highlights scores to encourage hospitals to comply with safety standards
Bill Seeks to Inform NJ Consumers About Dangers of Removing Lead Paint
Andrew Kitchenman | August 14, 2015 | Healthcare
Retailers argue that signs in stores are not an effective way to inform the public about potential health threats
Community Health Centers -- Crucial to Medicaid Growth, Harbingers of Change
Andrew Kitchenman | August 13, 2015 | Healthcare
Fast-growing health centers add more services for women, look to take on mental-health issues
Letting Drug Court Participants Use Methadone Reflects Changing Approach
Andrew Kitchenman | August 12, 2015 | Healthcare
Christie’s signing of law reflects growing understanding of effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment of addiction
With Bankruptcy Filing, Saint Michael’s Opens Up New Front in Battle Over Sale
Andrew Kitchenman | August 11, 2015 | Healthcare
Hospital CEO points to lengthy state review while state argues it must act in best interests of community
NJ Gets Mixed Marks for Initiatives, Policies for Combating Cancer
Andrew Kitchenman | August 10, 2015 | Healthcare
Report chides state for being only one in nation that doesn’t spend any of its tobacco-settlement payments on anti-smoking efforts
Sponsors of Bill to Stop Surprise Out-of-Network Medical Costs Push On
Andrew Kitchenman | August 7, 2015 | Healthcare
Legislators involved in effort ask advocates and opponents to submit changes, plan stakeholder meeting at summer’s end
NJ Expands Funding to Help Pediatricians Address Kids’ Mental-Health Issues
Andrew Kitchenman | August 6, 2015 | Healthcare
Budget doubles spending on pilot program linking kids’ physicians with psychiatrists and other behavioral-health experts
Garden State Hospitals Lead Nation in Penalties for High Readmission Rates
Andrew Kitchenman | August 5, 2015 | Healthcare
Federal agency penalizes problematic readmission rates by reducing Medicare reimbursements
Bill Aims to Lower Fees Patients Pay to Obtain Their Medical Records
Andrew Kitchenman | August 4, 2015 | Healthcare
Maximum price would be cut in half for paper copies from hospitals, drop even more overall for electronic records
Federal Report Shows Challenges Facing Health Republic, Other CO-OPs
Andrew Kitchenman | August 3, 2015 | Healthcare
Some question agency’s ability to repay loans, but NJ company executive says excellent 2015 enrollment strengthened its position
Analysis: Christie Campaign Pledge to Slow Medicaid Spending Would Hurt NJ
Andrew Kitchenman | July 31, 2015 | Healthcare
Think-tank report predicts state might be forced to reduce healthcare services for seniors, disabled
More Than 25% of Sandy Victims Still Experience Mental-Health Aftereffects
Andrew Kitchenman | July 30, 2015 | Healthcare, Sandy
Report by state cites need for continued screening and underscores lessons learned for handling future disasters
Program Encourages Young Blacks, Hispanics to Pursue Careers in Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | July 29, 2015 | Healthcare
SMART exposes minority students to doctors, with goal of inspiring them to pursue medical careers
Bill Would Allow ‘Medical Parole’ for Inmates with Incapacitating Illnesses
Andrew Kitchenman | July 28, 2015 | Healthcare
Legislation’s sponsor estimates program could save state $5 million to $9 million annually
NJ Home-Health Agencies Rank High in First-Time Federal Ratings
Andrew Kitchenman | July 27, 2015 | Healthcare
While consumers get valuable help in making healthcare choices, industry representatives say other criteria should be taken into account
Hospital Payments to Towns Discussed as Alternative to Property Taxes
Andrew Kitchenman | July 24, 2015 | Healthcare
Tax-court decision has healthcare industry, state legislators talking about potential compromises
Legislation Aims to Protect Kids, Pets from Heatstroke Deaths in Locked Cars
Andrew Kitchenman | July 23, 2015 | Healthcare
Bill would provide civil-liability immunity to Good Samaritans who break into vehicles to rescue children or animals
O’Dowd Looks Back at Highlights of Her Tenure as NJ Health Commissioner
Andrew Kitchenman | July 22, 2015 | Healthcare
Changes in healthcare delivery, improving infant and maternal health, response to Ebola cases among big issues during her four years at helm
Agreement Brings Relief to Kin of Disabled Residents Living Outside of State
Andrew Kitchenman | July 21, 2015 | Healthcare
If families object, state will no longer force return to New Jersey facilities, according to deal between senators and Christie
Growth of Hospice Care Transforming Home-Health Agencies Across New Jersey
Andrew Kitchenman | July 20, 2015 | Healthcare
Industry trade association adds ‘hospice’ to name, one indicator of increasing importance of end-of-life care
Database Tracks Post-Surgery Complication Rates for Doctors, Hospitals
Andrew Kitchenman | July 17, 2015 | Healthcare
News site ProPublica publishes Medicare data to help patients make informed decisions before undergoing medical procedures
Making the Cut -- a Special Report From ProPublica
Marshall Allen and Olga Pierce, ProPublica | July 17, 2015 | Healthcare
Why choosing the right surgeon matters even more than you know
Funding for Four-Year Initiatives Aims to Improve Communities' Health
Andrew Kitchenman | July 16, 2015 | Healthcare
In identifying 10 grant recipients, foundation lays groundwork for future coalitions
Proposed RWJ-Barnabas Merger May Portend More Consolidations Statewide
Andrew Kitchenman | July 15, 2015 | Healthcare
While studies find that most mergers lead to higher prices, healthcare executives point to improved ‘population health management’
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