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Obamacare Turns 6 Years Old: Transforming Healthcare Coverage in NJ

Lilo H. Stainton | March 24, 2016 | Healthcare

For more than 700,000 residents, the Affordable Care Act has meant a marked change to their quality of life

New Initiatives Hope to Block Path from Prescription to Addiction

Lilo H. Stainton | April 27, 2016 | Healthcare
Trans-Hudson deal gives New York State access to New Jersey’s prescription-monitoring program, legislation would let opioid prescriptions be partially filled
Medicaid Rate Changes Could Leave Addicts, Mentally Ill Without Consistent Care
Lilo H. Stainton | April 29, 2016 | Healthcare
Many programs should see generous boosts in funding, but others -- like day programs for psychiatric outpatients -- could see cuts
The Smallest Victims of New Jersey’s Growing Drug Crisis
NJTV Online News | April 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Children in every corner of the state are being neglected or abused because their caregivers are drug addicts
New Methodology Means Lowers Grades for NJ Hospitals on National Survey
Lilo H. Stainton | April 26, 2016 | Healthcare
Garden State facilities drop from fifth to 22nd place nationally; experts warn against directly comparing results of 2016 Leapfrog report with earlier rankings
NJ Substance-Abuse Hotline Keeps Desperately Needed Help One Phone Call Away
Lilo H. Stainton | April 25, 2016 | Healthcare
Christie lauds the work -- and successes -- of hotline and call-takers who make sure someone is there to help 24/7
End of Life Planning: The Difficult Conversation Most New Jerseyans Never Have
Lilo H. Stainton | April 22, 2016 | Healthcare, Social
A growing group of Garden State organizations are dedicated to helping residents have the death they want, away from hospitals and free from costly medical treatments
Zika Virus Not a Current Threat to New Jersey, According to State, CDC
Lilo H. Stainton | April 21, 2016 | Healthcare
All nine cases detected in Garden State originated overseas, but ‘travelers’ disease’ remains a concern in a state where so many people have roots abroad
Effects of Christie Not Funding Family-Planning Clinics Still Felt Across NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | April 20, 2016 | Healthcare
In 2011, the governor argued there was no money for women’s healthcare, but advocates and critics are still trying to account for women who may not be getting needed medical attention
How Effective Are the State’s Efforts to Protect Our Kids from Lead?
Lilo H. Stainton | April 19, 2016 | Healthcare
Screening programs are in place, but follow-up is sloppy; meanwhile. tens of millions may have been diverted from funds meant for lead abatement
‘One-Stop Shopping’ Makes It More Likely Clients Will Get Complete Healthcare
NJTV News | April 8, 2016 | Healthcare
Governor announces expansion of integrated approach to seven more agencies
Making Sure There’s Life Beyond the Nursing Home for Those Who Are Ready
Colleen O'Dea | April 1, 2016 | Healthcare
The ‘I Choose Home NJ’ program has helped nearly 1,700 people make the move from nursing homes to community settings
Bureaucracy, Regulations Stand in Way of Integrated Healthcare in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | March 31, 2016 | Healthcare
Patients stand to benefit from integrated physical and behavioral care, but ingrained practices and outdated restrictions must be stripped away
New Tools to Fight Opioid Abuse and Addiction, Starting in Emergency Room
Lilo H. Stainton | March 30, 2016 | Healthcare
A unique pilot program at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center relies on less-addictive painkillers in the ER, gives patients an alternative
Will NJ’s First Private Medical School Help Burnish State’s Academic Reputation?
Tara Nurin | March 23, 2016 | Healthcare
Partnership between Seton Hall and Hackensack University Health Network could help close New Jersey’s physician shortage
Tiered Health-Insurance Networks: Learning Lessons from Other States
Lilo H. Stainton | March 22, 2016 | Healthcare
Can some of the turmoil that’s greeted Horizon’s OMNIA be eased by reviewing how tiered networks have worked in other parts of the country?
Christie Proposes Two-Year Moratorium on Hospital Property Tax Plan
John Reitmeyer | March 21, 2016 | Healthcare
After vetoing bipartisan deal, governor calls for maintaining status quo while special panel studies issue
Training More Everyday People to Serve as Mental-Health First Responders
Lilo H. Stainton | March 17, 2016 | Healthcare
Summit explores pain and shame too often associated with behavioral problems
Casting a Wider Net for Cases of Hepatitis C, the 'Baby Boomer’s Virus'
Lilo H. Stainton | March 17, 2016 | Healthcare
Pending legislation would require screening for high-risk patients at clinics, doctors’ offices, and hospitals
In New Jersey, Wealth is Health, According to Report Being Released Today
Colleen O'Dea | March 17, 2016 | Healthcare
Study finds that nearly 40 percent of New Jerseyans get less than seven hours of shuteye a night
Camden Coalition’s ‘Hot Spotting’ Approach to Healthcare Goes National
Lilo H. Stainton | March 15, 2016 | Healthcare
Foundations donate $8.7M to extend multifaceted model for medical treatment of high-need patients first developed by Dr. Jeffrey Brenner
State Approves Newark Hospital Sale to For-Profit Prime Healthcare
Lilo H. Stainton | March 10, 2016 | Healthcare
Last major hurdle cleared in multiyear process for acquisition of Saint Michael’s Medical Center
Senate President Sweeney Weighs in on OMNIA Debate, Favors Tiered Network
Lilo H. Stainton | March 8, 2016 | Healthcare
Safety-net hospitals remain worried that OMNIA advantages will have disastrous impact on their cash-strapped facilities
Governor Defends Veto of Lead-Poisoning Bill, Calls Problem ‘Over-Dramatized’
Lilo H. Stainton | March 7, 2016 | Healthcare
Democratic lawmakers push ahead today on several measures to protect thousands of New Jersey kids already exposed to dangerous levels of lead
NJ Health Officials Launch Preemptive Strike Against Mosquito-Borne Virus
Lilo H. Stainton | March 4, 2016 | Healthcare
Information campaign - #ZapZika - spreads the word about travel risks, precautions to take
New Push to Prevent Lead Poisoning Driven by Pair of Democratic Bills
Lilo H. Stainton | March 2, 2016 | Healthcare
One measure would fully fund lead-abatement account at $10M; another would bring blood-lead levels in line with CDC
Opposition to OMNIA Continues to Grow, as Nurses Join Protest Line
Lilo H. Stainton | February 26, 2016 | Healthcare
Horizon discounts lawsuits, letter from former governors, continues to hold the tiered-network course
J&J Talcum Powder Linked to Ovarian Cancer, Jury Rules, Awarding $72M in Damages
Myron Levin/FairWarning | February 24, 2016 | Healthcare
NJ Spotlight published the initial reporting on the issue by investigative website FairWarning.org in April 2015
Affordable Family-Planning Services Continue to Fade Away Under Christie
Lilo H. Stainton | February 23, 2016 | Healthcare
Latest budget plan marks seventh year running governor has not funded women’s health clinics -- and poor women are hit hardest by policy
Accountable Care Organizations Get Respect -- $3M for Pilot Projects
Lilo H. Stainton | February 19, 2016 | Healthcare
Money will go to help make better use of Medicaid data in Camden, Trenton, and Newark
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