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Employers Juggle Rising Health Costs, But Few Seek to Drop Coverage

Andrew Kitchenman | October 31, 2014 | Healthcare

NJ businesses are using a variety of means to offset insurance premium increases, survey finds

Interactive Map: Where Are NJ’s Safest Hospitals -- and Which Were Rated 'Poor?'

Colleen O'Dea | October 31, 2014 | Healthcare, Maps, Map of the Week
New data indicates that hospitals across the Garden State are improving safety and quality of care
Poison-Education Center Would Get Expanded Role in Fighting Drug Deaths
Andrew Kitchenman | October 30, 2014 | Healthcare
Differences emerge over how quickly doctors would have to report crucial information on overdoses to statewide network
Legislators Seek to Solve Problem of Excessive Out-of-Network Medical Bills
Andrew Kitchenman | October 29, 2014 | Healthcare
Proposals include ‘baseball arbitration’ between insurers and hospitals, more information for consumers before treatment
Is Christie Calling the Shots When It Comes to NJ’s Quarantine Policies?
Andrew Kitchenman | October 28, 2014 | Healthcare
The state has quarantine guidelines in place, did the administration follow them?
Christie Defends Forced Quarantines While Cuomo Backs Down on Harsh Stance
Andrew Kitchenman | October 27, 2014 | Healthcare
White House reportedly pressures NJ and NY governors to reconsider measures to block spread of Ebola virus
Privacy Breaches Prompt Bill Requiring Encryption of Patient Data
Andrew Kitchenman | October 24, 2014 | Healthcare
Insurers would face fines for failing to adequately safeguard customers’ personal information
Drug-Addiction Prevention, Treatment Move Up on Christie’s Agenda
Andrew Kitchenman | October 23, 2014 | Healthcare
Personal interest and political benefits combine to make combating substance abuse a focus of governor’s second term
Health Centers Serving State's Low-Income Patients Carving Out Wider Role
Andrew Kitchenman | October 22, 2014 | Healthcare
Expanded services such as mental-health care become more crucial as ranks of insured grow under ACA, but state regulations stand in the way
Opening Access to Info from Clinical Trials Holds Great Promise, Research Finds
Andrew Kitchenman | October 21, 2014 | Healthcare
Rutgers chancellor's paper finds GlaxoSmithKline data is spurring fresh analyses, could lead to new treatments
The List: Top 10 Hospitals in New Jersey Paying High Price for High Readmission Rates
Andrew Kitchenman | October 20, 2014 | Healthcare, The List
ACA cuts in Medicare reimbursements aim to reduce number of patients who return for treatment after being discharged
Legislation Aims to Make It Easier to Dispose of Old, Unused Prescriptions
Andrew Kitchenman | October 20, 2014 | Healthcare
Project Medicine Drop, aimed at drug abuse and misuse, will expand locations of receptacles, including police stations statewide
Merger of Two Hospitals Could Increase Quality, But Also Concentrate Power
Andrew Kitchenman | October 17, 2014 | Healthcare
Analysts see potential for gains from new giant, but say regulatory review is in order
Round Two of ACA Sign-Ups to Focus on Lessons Learned, Data Gathered
Andrew Kitchenman | October 16, 2014 | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
With 30 days until second open enrollment, organizations highlight tax credits, website improvements
Texas Nurse’s Ebola Infection Worries NJ Healthcare Workers
Andrew Kitchenman | October 15, 2014 | Healthcare
Nurses group call for infected patients to be transported out of state, CDC is reviewing options
How ‘Big Data’ is Transforming Today’s Healthcare Sector
Meir Rinde | October 15, 2014 | Healthcare
Correlating patient data from a broad variety of sources can help reveal patterns of illness, identify individuals most likely to use emergency services, cut healthcare costs, and improve patient outcomes
Bill Would Let Teens in NJ Get Counseling Without Parental Knowledge
Andrew Kitchenman | October 14, 2014 | Healthcare
Legislation's supporter says, ‘. . . the youth’s right to care outweighs the parents’ right to know.’
Explainer: How New Jersey’s Medical Marijuana Law Works
Andrew Kitchenman | October 14, 2014 | Healthcare, Explainer
Governor opposed to medicinal-pot program has now implemented it, but critics see it as country’s most restrictive
State Lawmakers Aim to Close Gap for People With Drug Addiction Problems
Andrew Kitchenman | October 10, 2014 | Healthcare
Boosts to Medicaid reimbursements, telemedicine are seen as ‘one step in the right direction’
Insurers, Dentists Jaw at Each Other Over Mandatory Price Discounts
Andrew Kitchenman | October 9, 2014 | Healthcare
Dental-care providers push bill, complain they’re being hurt financially; health plans argued that consumers have benefited
Good Hygiene is Best Defense Against Frightening Enterovirus, Experts Say
Andrew Kitchenman | October 8, 2014 | Healthcare
With parental concerns rising after death of Mercer County child, infectious-disease specialists urge caution but also note that most will experience only mild symptoms
NJ Hospitals, Health Officials Ready for Ebola, Say Safeguards Are in Place
Andrew Kitchenman | October 7, 2014 | Healthcare
Cite quick, efficient response to suspected case at Newark Airport, downplay chances of deadly virus spreading in Garden State
Adoptees Lacking Medical History May Get Coverage for Early Mammograms
Andrew Kitchenman | October 6, 2014 | Healthcare
Opponents of bill worry about state taking stand on when preventive benefits of screenings outweigh radiation risk
Healthcare Providers, Insurers Spar Over Cause of High Out-of-Network Costs
Andrew Kitchenman | October 3, 2014 | Healthcare, Podcasts
Hospitals and specialists cite low reimbursements while insurers blame bills they say are much too high
Prescribing Alternatives to Pain Medicines Is Easier Said Than Done, Doctors Say
Andrew Kitchenman | October 2, 2014 | Healthcare
Constraints on patients’ time and money, insurance delays cited among obstacles to reducing use of oft-abused opioids
‘Housing First’ Advocates Look to Expand, Take Program Statewide
Andrew Kitchenman | October 1, 2014 | Healthcare, Social, Housing
Finding homes for the homeless is seen as first step toward improving health, lowering costs of medical and social services
More Insured People Could Mean Less Reimbursement for Charity Care
Andrew Kitchenman | September 30, 2014 | Healthcare
Advocates argue against drastic funding cuts even if hospitals see drop-off in uncompensated services provided to low-income patients
Bills Would Protect Developmentally Disabled from Abuse and Neglect
Andrew Kitchenman | September 29, 2014 | Healthcare
Family members urge state to more closely monitor workers at group homes and similar facilities
ACA Medical-Insurance Shoppers in New Jersey Get More Choices for 2015
Andrew Kitchenman | September 26, 2014 | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
UnitedHealthcare and tech-focused Oscar Health Insurance increase number of marketplace insurers to five
ACA Changes the Way Employers Shop for Health-Insurance Plans
Andrew Kitchenman | September 24, 2014 | Healthcare, Affordable Care Act
2015 will be first year of Obamacare penalties for businesses that don’t provide medical coverage for their workers
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