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NJ Spends More on Medicaid But Rate of Growth Ranks Among Nation’s Lowest

John Reitmeyer | April 23, 2015 | Budget, Healthcare

Increase of just 2 percent over FY 2000 credited to 2012 federal waiver and emphasis on managed care

Christie Budget Doesn’t Fund Permanent Fix for Social-Services Computers

Andrew Kitchenman | April 21, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
It’s still unclear when state will have system to efficiently handle applications for food stamps and Medicaid
‘Medical Home’ Approach Coordinates Services, Care for Autistic Kids
Andrew Kitchenman | April 20, 2015 | Healthcare
Behavioral and other medical specialists encouraged to work closely with each other and with children’s pediatricians
Judge Upholds Municipal Sick-Leave Laws, Clears Way for Proliferation
Meir Rinde | April 17, 2015 | Healthcare, Politics, Social
Business associations argue that letting towns make own laws would create statewide patchwork of rules and regulations
Towns Join Effort to Get People to Start Talking About End-of-Life Issues
Andrew Kitchenman | April 17, 2015 | Healthcare
‘Conversation of a Lifetime’ initiative aims to address difficult topic at grassroots level
Smaller Hospital States Case for Survival as Full-Service Facility
Andrew Kitchenman | April 16, 2015 | Healthcare
St. Michael’s Medical Center of Newark slams ‘anti-competition’ consultant report that calls for consolidation and restructuring
Five Years After Christie's Family-Planning Funding Cuts, Debate Continues
Andrew Kitchenman | April 15, 2015 | Healthcare
Onset of Affordable Care Act makes it even more complicated to assess impact on low-income women
Major Healthcare Trends Converge as Hackensack, Summit Join Forces
Andrew Kitchenman | April 15, 2015 | Healthcare
State’s largest doctor-owned practice will manage physicians affiliated with growing hospital network
State Works to Eliminate Backlog of Thousands of Medicaid Applications
Andrew Kitchenman | April 14, 2015 | Healthcare
Remaining 9,000 to 12,000 applications stuck in county offices will be farmed out to private contractor
Income Tax Day Brings Unexpected Surprises for Filers Facing ACA Penalties
Andrew Kitchenman | April 13, 2015 | Healthcare
Some earned more than they anticipated when they received subsidies, while others didn’t obtain mandated coverage
Paid Sick Leave in Jersey City Off to Healthy Start, Rutgers Report Concludes
Hank Kalet | April 10, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
But business leaders argue that at one-year anniversary it’s too soon to understand full import of policy
Can Employers Test Blood Pressure, Cholesterol…And Measure Your Waistline?
Andrew Kitchenman | April 10, 2015 | Healthcare
Feds challenge NJ-based company’s aggressive ‘wellness’ program that affects how much employees pay for insurance
Bill Would Require Criminal Background Checks for Doctors Who Lived Abroad
Andrew Kitchenman | April 9, 2015 | Healthcare
Medical board opposes proposal, saying it would be costly and unfairly singles out physicians
State Government Makes Slow Progress on Anti-Addiction Legislation
Andrew Kitchenman | April 8, 2015 | Healthcare
Only three bills enacted so far in 21-bill package, but most other measures are moving through the Legislature
State’s High Court Upholds Ban on Medicaid Coverage for Recent Immigrants
Andrew Kitchenman | April 7, 2015 | Healthcare
ACA insurance may be option for some, but not all, impacted by ruling; plaintiffs weigh U.S. Supreme Court appeal
Addressing Emotional Trauma, Addictions May Help Reduce and Prevent Crime
Andrew Kitchenman | April 6, 2015 | Healthcare
Brain-development research points toward best way to intervene in lives of at-risk children
NJ Marketplace Insurers Don’t Deliver Full Suite of Anti-Smoking Drugs
Andrew Kitchenman | April 2, 2015 | Healthcare
American Lung Association reports that only one of five companies covers all forms of smoking-cessation medications mandated by ACA
State May Expand Medical Marijuana to Cover PTSD, Other Conditions
Andrew Kitchenman | April 1, 2015 | Healthcare
Doctors and patients emerge in sharper focus thanks to second annual report on program
Officials Urged to Take Public Health Into Account When Mapping Out Future
Andrew Kitchenman | March 31, 2015 | Healthcare
Rutgers helps four communities make “health impact assessments” part of broader policy and long-term planning, sets May conference on topic
Five Years After ACA, Many More Have Coverage, But Future Effects Still Unclear
Andrew Kitchenman | March 30, 2015 | Healthcare
Some NJ healthcare networks remake themselves and thrive, but others – especially small hospitals -- struggle with uncertainties spawned by law’s mandates
Dems Threaten ‘Legislative Veto’ to Ease Restrictions on Medical Marijuana
Meir Rinde | March 27, 2015 | Healthcare, Politics
For some NJ legislators, the problem with the state’s medical marijuana program is the law itself
Would Patients Save Cash if Out-of-Network Provider Charges Were Slashed?
Andrew Kitchenman | March 27, 2015 | Healthcare
Report commissioned by Horizon says insurance premiums could drop if state took action
Income Inequality, Social Factors Help Determine Statewide Health Rankings
Andrew Kitchenman | March 26, 2015 | Healthcare, Maps
Hunterdon County tops NJ list, while Cumberland is last in annual report intended to spark local efforts to improve community health
In Sorting Out Future of Newark Hospitals, Saint Michael’s Looms Large
Andrew Kitchenman | March 25, 2015 | Healthcare
State weighs sale to for-profit operator while effort to save hospital gains city council backing
Database Checks Proposed to Stop ‘Shopping Around’ for Addictive Drugs
Andrew Kitchenman | March 24, 2015 | Healthcare
Centerpiece of effort to stem rising tide of overdose deaths moves closer to Gov. Christie’s desk
The List: Names and Numbers -- New Jersey’s 10 Top-Paid Hospital Executives
Andrew Kitchenman | March 23, 2015 | Healthcare, The List
Once again, seven top execs on the list pull down more than $2 million in compensation
More Than One Million in NJ Lacked Insurance Before Advent of Obamacare
Colleen O'Dea | March 20, 2015 | Healthcare, Maps, Map of the Week
Census statistics for 2014 and beyond expected to show marked decline in number of uninsured
Concussion Bill Would Keep Kids Out of Class Until They Get Doctor’s Permission
Andrew Kitchenman | March 20, 2015 | Healthcare
Measure would require medical evaluation, school district plan before return to studies
Growing Evidence Favors Integrating Behavioral Care with Other Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | March 19, 2015 | Healthcare
Academic research and local practices point to value of combined approach, but funding remains in question
People with Rare Diseases Hope Banding Together Will Help Their Cause
Andrew Kitchenman | March 18, 2015 | Healthcare
Often neglected by biotech and pharmaceutical companies, coalition hopes lobbying will lead to more treatments
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