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Christie Keeps Pushing to Siphon Cash from Horizon to Fund Drug Treatments

Lilo H. Stainton | June 22, 2017 | Healthcare

State’s largest health insurer claims $15 million DHS sanction is ‘retaliation’ for refusing to go along with governor’s demand for $300 million from its reserves

Garden State Seeks to Regulate Hospital Protocols for Sepsis

Lilo H. Stainton | June 21, 2017 | Healthcare
Despite sharing of diagnostic data and best practices, sepsis mortality rates are on the rise in New Jersey
From Tragic Death, a Law to Safeguard People with Developmental Disabilities
Lilo H. Stainton | June 20, 2017 | Healthcare
‘Komninos Law’ protects individuals at residential facilities and day programs, requires families and guardians to be notified within an hour of any problems
NJ Lawmakers, Advocates Push to Spend More to Curb Smoking
Lilo H. Stainton | June 19, 2017 | Healthcare
State officials indicate they’re already investing in anti-smoking efforts, as smoking rates decline
DHS Official Defends Medicaid Payment Reform; Mental Health Providers Worried
Lilo H. Stainton | June 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Meeting at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital is told transition to new system going well, but providers remain concerned
NJ Health Department Gains National Recognition for Public Health Work
Lilo H. Stainton | June 14, 2017 | Healthcare
National accreditation for successful public health programs puts NJDOH in very exclusive group of 25 other states, 162 communities
The Doctor Will Interface with You Now: Telemedicine Moves Closer in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2017 | Healthcare
Among the issues to iron out, do connections between patients and providers have to be real time?
Governor Approves Law Expanding Pharmacy Access to Opioid Antidote
Lilo H. Stainton | June 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Life-saving medicine already available at some chain drug stores without a prescription
More States Join NJ Drug-Monitoring System to Curb Abuses Like Doctor-Shopping
Lilo H. Stainton | June 9, 2017 | Healthcare
Governor says interstate use of the New Jersey Prescription Monitoring Program has skyrocketed in last couple of years
Tearing Down Silos, Collaboration Work to Benefit Public Health
Lilo H. Stainton | June 8, 2017 | Healthcare
Making the community a partner in healthcare and delivering a range of coordinated services are starting to show results across Garden State
Delayed Implementation Doesn’t Soften Costly Blow of GOP Healthcare Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | June 7, 2017 | Healthcare
Regardless of when it’s rolled out, Trumpcare is likely to price coverage out of reach of NJ’s poor, elderly population
Racial Disparity in Infant Mortality Remains Persistent Public-Health Challenge
Lilo H. Stainton | June 6, 2017 | Healthcare
Reducing black infant mortality means addressing a range of issues, such as poverty, smoking, stress, food insecurity — even gum disease
Pushing Meningitis B Vaccine to Protect Residential College Students
Lilo H. Stainton | June 5, 2017 | Healthcare
Sharing food, drinks, living in close quarters, and kissing — all good reasons to safeguard students against this potentially deadly disease
Renewed Push to Expand Elective Angioplasty to More Hospitals in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | June 2, 2017 | Healthcare
Advocates argue that developments in medical technology make the procedure safe enough to be offered by more facilities
Push to Protect Payments for Personal Care Assistants
Lilo H. Stainton | June 1, 2017 | Healthcare
Bipartisan group of legislators works to set minimum hourly rate as insurance company announces plan to cut what it pays for home care services
Renewed Push to Tackle and Tame Out-of-Network Medical Bills
Lilo H. Stainton | May 31, 2017 | Healthcare
Patient, business advocates call for ‘two-pronged approach’ that melds transparency and mechanism to resolve disputes over surprise charges
State Forces Physical Therapists to Wind Down ‘Dry Needling’ Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | May 30, 2017 | Healthcare
Therapists’ decade-long practice to end; acupuncturists, other professionals accused them of performing ‘unlicensed acupuncture’
Push for Emergency Responders to Report Data in New Statewide System
Lilo H. Stainton | May 26, 2017 | Healthcare
Proponents say program would not gather patient names or other identifying information, could improve health in New Jersey
Second Wave Hep-C Hits Young, Suburban Drug Users in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | May 25, 2017 | Healthcare
Mistakenly considered a baby-boomer disease, hepatitis C is growing rapidly among young drug addicts — who often don’t know they’re infected
Trump Budget Especially Harmful to New Jersey, Advocates Warn
Lilo H. Stainton | May 24, 2017 | Healthcare
Democrats outraged, Republicans lukewarm, Gov. Christie ‘concerned’ about proposal for massive cuts to Medicaid
Garden State Children Continue to Show Social Welfare Gains
Lilo H. Stainton | May 23, 2017 | Healthcare
But advocates argue repeal of Obamacare will damage kids, especially poor black and Hispanic ones, who still lag behind white children
New Jersey Crafts Sexual Assault Victim’s Bill of Rights
Lilo H. Stainton | May 22, 2017 | Healthcare, Social
Bill would codify existing laws, ensure assault victims are treated with respect, dignity, and empathy
Aetna Wants Out of NJ’s Individual, Small-Group Health Insurance Markets
Lilo H. Stainton | May 19, 2017 | Healthcare
Uncertainty about future, as federal officials repeal and replace Obamacare, contributes to the decision
Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Cool to ACA Replacement Bill
Lilo H. Stainton | May 18, 2017 | Healthcare, Elections 2017
Guadagno and Ciattarelli both back reforms to public-employee benefits, would extend coverage of medical marijuana
Democratic Gubernatorial Hopefuls Support Single-Payer, Women’s Healthcare
Lilo H. Stainton | May 17, 2017 | Healthcare, Elections 2017
All four candidates emphasize the need to protect New Jerseyans as GOP repeals and replaces current healthcare protections
Mother Begs NJ to Return Autistic Daughter to Out-of-State Facility
NJTV News Online | May 17, 2017 | Healthcare
Jennifer Sullivan flourished at Plowshare Farm in New Hampshire but has deteriorated markedly since being ordered back to New Jersey under a state program
Home Sober Home: Making Sure Recovering Addicts Have a Safe Haven
Lilo H. Stainton | May 16, 2017 | Healthcare
Modifying land-use laws will make it easier for state-run facilities to get zoning permission, another aspect of larger effort to combat addiction, improve recovery options
New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Panel Recommends Expanding Program
Lilo H. Stainton | May 15, 2017 | Healthcare
Potential changes, which could ultimately help reduce state’s opioid epidemic, will likely not be in place until later this year
The Last Person You’d Expect to Die in Childbirth
Nina Martin | ProPublica and Renee Montagne | NPR | May 15, 2017 | Healthcare
The death of Lauren Bloomstein, a neonatal nurse, in the hospital where she worked illustrates a profound disparity: The healthcare system focuses on babies but often ignores their mothers
Governor Signs Law Calling for Oversight of Mental Health Payment Reform
Lilo H. Stainton | May 12, 2017 | Healthcare
Advocates call it a ‘positive step, yet only half of the solution’
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