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New Federal Medicaid Rules Present Opportunity to Advance Reforms in NJ

Andrew Kitchenman | May 29, 2015 | Healthcare

Regulation moves Medicaid closer to insurance coverage available through federal marketplace

Expanding Awareness of Palliative Care for Gravely Ill Is Goal of Bill

Andrew Kitchenman | May 28, 2015 | Healthcare
Supporters see measure as step in broader effort to expand new field of medicine
In Essex County Man’s Death, Echoes of Much-Publicized Ebola Case in Texas
Andrew Kitchenman | May 27, 2015 | Healthcare
Lassa fever raises fewer concerns in NJ and U.S., since infection traced to visit to Liberia is far less deadly
Nurse-Led, Team-Focused Healthcare Inspires Providers in New Jersey
Andrew Kitchenman | May 26, 2015 | Healthcare
Trailblazer in care-delivery model warns it requires hard work – but it gets results
Federal Research Bill Holds Promise for ‘Personalized Medicine’ in New Jersey
Andrew Kitchenman | May 22, 2015 | Healthcare
21st Century Cures Act attracts bipartisan NJ sponsors Pallone and Lance, draws praise from researchers and industry
In New World of Healthcare Choices, Helping Patients Make Good Decisions
Andrew Kitchenman | May 21, 2015 | Healthcare
As patients take on responsibility of choosing their insurers, doctors and medical procedures, new risks and opportunities arise
Proposed Legislation Could Reduce Religious Exemptions for Vaccinations
Andrew Kitchenman | May 20, 2015 | Healthcare
Opponents say the law would be unconstitutional, but supporters say it’s similar to measures upheld in other states
State Auditor Raises Questions About Payments to Community Health Centers
Andrew Kitchenman | May 19, 2015 | Healthcare
But lawyer for facilities contends that federal courts have already upheld their interpretation of the law governing payments
GOP Lawmakers May Oppose Legislation to Cap Out-of-Network Healthcare Costs
Andrew Kitchenman | May 18, 2015 | Healthcare
Munoz worries that if state moves to cap reimbursements, doctors may decide to give Garden State a wide berth
State Legislators Tackle Persistent Problem of Unexpected Medical Bills
Andrew Kitchenman | May 15, 2015 | Healthcare
Lawmakers draw ire of doctors’ groups who call regulations addressing ‘out of network’ costs unnecessary and even insulting
Health Commissioner Sees Possible New Direction for Newark-Area Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | May 14, 2015 | Healthcare
O’Dowd says shifting state funds could spur expansion of community outpatient services and development of academic medical center
NJ’s Biotech Industry Backs Bill Setting Rules For New Drug Prescriptions
Andrew Kitchenman | May 13, 2015 | Healthcare
Pharmacies are concerned that extra notice to doctors will serve as barrier to lower-costing alternatives
NJ Healthcare Advocates Meet to Lay Groundwork for Third Year of ACA Signups
Andrew Kitchenman | May 12, 2015 | Healthcare
After solid enrollment season, feds bring ‘navigators’ together to map strategy for efforts to sign up those who still don’t have coverage
Public Health Impact Must Be Part of Policy Decisions, Says Former CDC official
Andrew Kitchenman | May 11, 2015 | Healthcare
NJ native says health-impact statements are key to making smart choices that can affect an entire community
Saint Michael’s Ramps Up Attack on Report That Says It Should Scale Back
Andrew Kitchenman | May 8, 2015 | Healthcare
Hospital questions consulting firm data, notes more Newark residents would seek care elsewhere
Ex-Commissioner Velez Strives to Get Hospitals to Reach Beyond Their Walls
Andrew Kitchenman | May 7, 2015 | Healthcare
As the mission of hospitals expands and evolves, those changes are reflected even in how they are paid for their services
Senators Urge State to Let Adults With Disabilities Stay at Out-Of-State Facilities
Andrew Kitchenman | May 6, 2015 | Healthcare
But Human Services officials say population is better served in community placements
Breastfeeding Advocates Criticize Bill Seeking to Ensure Safety of Shared Milk
Andrew Kitchenman | May 5, 2015 | Healthcare
Measures would license breast-milk banks, fund public awareness of potential dangers, but coalition fights strictures
State Seeks to Speed Up Ride, Shorten Waiting Time for Medicaid Transportation
Andrew Kitchenman | May 4, 2015 | Healthcare
Patient opinions in state survey differ from what providers, advocates report
Interactive Map: Schools with Lowest Vaccine Rates, Most Religious Exemptions
May 1, 2015 | Healthcare, Maps, Map of the Week
NJ’s not immune to controversy over health benefits and possible risks associated with mandatory childhood vaccines
State Shifts Way It Pays for Medicaid Mental-Health, Addiction Treatments
Andrew Kitchenman | May 1, 2015 | Healthcare
Providers want to ensure they don’t lose funding, go without payments during transition
Bipartisan Approach Continues In Campaign Against Drug Addiction
Andrew Kitchenman | April 30, 2015 | Healthcare
Governor signs two more bills – bolstering anti-overdose efforts and expanding prescription-drug disposal program -- in 21-part legislative package
Link Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer Sparks Growing Legal Battle
Myron Levin/Fair Warning | April 30, 2015 | Healthcare
Scores of lawsuits target New Brunswick, NJ-based Johnson & Johnson, which insists that products in question are safe
More NJ Employers Feeling Good About Worker-Wellness Initiatives
Andrew Kitchenman | April 29, 2015 | Healthcare
New ‘toolkit’ walks businesses through each stage of building, maintaining and evaluating programs that encourage healthy lifestyles
Public-Health Advocates Seek to Close New Jersey’s Vaccination Gap
Andrew Kitchenman | April 29, 2015 | Healthcare
A small but growing number of families are avoiding immunizations by claiming religious exemptions. How does this affect their communities?
Explainer: Medicaid Insures Poor, Provides Services for Seniors, Disabled
Andrew Kitchenman | April 28, 2015 | Healthcare, Explainer
Federal-state program has taken on increasingly large role since 1965 launch
Christie’s Bottom-Line Approach to Healthcare Has Paid Off -- Sometimes
Andrew Kitchenman | April 27, 2015 | Healthcare
Governor earns kudos for Medicaid expansion, managed care, but many policies have been roundly criticized
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
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