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Explainer: Christie’s New Anti-Addiction Efforts Taking Shape in a Hurry

Lilo H. Stainton | February 9, 2016 | Healthcare, Explainer

Several programs outlined in governor’s State of the State are already underway

Finding Ways to Tame Epidemic of Opioid Addiction Plaguing New Jersey

Lilo H. Stainton | February 5, 2016 | Healthcare
Health Committee hearing takes stock of successes so far while stressing that state is in for a long, expensive campaign
Insurance Giant Defends Controversial OMNIA Plan in Response to 'Smear' Campaign
Lilo H. Stainton | February 4, 2016 | Healthcare
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield takes legal action in response to claims by hospitals opposed to new tiered health plan
New Jersey Postpartum Screening Policy Offers Roadmap for Other States
Lilo H. Stainton | February 2, 2016 | Healthcare
Access to care after diagnosis still prompts concerns for women in NJ and in other states
Pros, Cons, and Regulatory Policies for Tiered Health Insurance Networks
Lilo H. Stainton | January 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Symposium examines issues behind controversial Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage plan
Veto Prompts Scramble to Guard Nonprofit Hospitals’ Tax-Exempt Status
John Reitmeyer | January 25, 2016 | Healthcare
After Christie action, bipartisan advocates renew push for bill that would let nonprofit hospitals pay flat fees to host communities
Governor Lays Out Plan for Combating Drug Addiction and Reducing Overdoses
Andrew Kitchenman | January 13, 2016 | Healthcare
Proposals include $100M increase for treatment reimbursement, turning former prison into facility to help addicted inmates
State's Top Court Declines to Reverse Appellate Judges in Cooper-Virtua EMS Case
Andrew Kitchenman | January 13, 2016 | Healthcare
Order leaves Cooper in charge of paramedics, but Virtua still hopes to win appeal
Brain Surgeons Seek Exception to Conflict-of-Interest Limit on Hiring
Andrew Kitchenman | January 11, 2016 | Healthcare
Legislators weigh easing ban on physicians making direct referrals to service providers in which they have financial interest
Christie Has Just Days to Make $10M Commitment to Fight Lead Poisoning in Kids
Todd B. Bates | January 8, 2016 | Healthcare, Politics
Lead abatement program has languished for years, while money has been consistently tapped for general budget
Insurers See Red Over Bill Allowing Optometrists to Opt Out of Vision Plans
Andrew Kitchenman | January 8, 2016 | Healthcare
Optometrists argue it’s about offering consumers more choices. Insurers counter it’s about charging patients more for basic services
Bills Targeting Drug Abuse Seek to Build On Recent Legislative Successes
Andrew Kitchenman | January 6, 2016 | Healthcare
Proposals for reducing overdoses include high schools for teens battling addiction and requiring coverage for new anti-abuse opioids
State Supreme Court Poised to Hear Arguments in Clash Over Camden EMS Coverage
Andrew Kitchenman | January 5, 2016 | Healthcare
Lower court finds law transferring emergency services unconstitutional, but Cooper still running Camden paramedic services
Nonprofit Hospitals Would Pay Fees in Lieu of Taxes to Help Cover Municipal Costs
John Reitmeyer | January 4, 2016 | Healthcare
Legislation offered as compromise solution in wake of court ruling on Morristown Medical Center’s tax-exempt status
NJ Lawmakers Hope to Take Better Care of Hard-Pressed Family Caregivers
Andrew Kitchenman | January 4, 2016 | Healthcare
Proposed task force would evaluate services available to caregivers, as well as provide recommendations for changes
National Study Points Out Potential Danger of Monopolies in NJ Healthcare
Andrew Kitchenman | December 18, 2015 | Healthcare
Private payer data shows state is in line for prices of private inpatient hospitalizations, despite having some of highest Medicare costs in country
Helping Improve Health by Making It Easier to Remember to Take Medicine
Andrew Kitchenman | December 17, 2015 | Healthcare
Bill would pay pharmacists extra to synchronize prescriptions so they all begin and end at same time
How to Handle Sale of Newark Hospital Presents Dilemma for State Officials
Andrew Kitchenman | December 16, 2015 | Healthcare
Saint Michael’s sale to Prime Healthcare receives unanimous support at public hearing, but others raise serious questions about proposal
On Last Day to Buy 2016 Coverage via Marketplace, Enrollment Push Underway
Andrew Kitchenman | December 15, 2015 | Healthcare
Pressure is on to sign up more NJ residents than last year, which would help keep prices for insurance premiums from spiking in future
Efforts Against Childhood Lead Poisoning Would Get $10M if Bill Goes Through
Todd B. Bates | December 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
After years of being raided by governors and lawmakers, fund to fight lead poisoning would get enough cash to start doing its job
Battle Continues Over Nurse-to-Patients Ratio as Measure Advances
Andrew Kitchenman | December 11, 2015 | Healthcare
Nurses cite patient safety while hospitals say they need staffing flexibility
Lost in Cyberspace: New Jersey’s Lead-Poisoning Websites
Todd B. Bates | December 11, 2015 | Energy & Environment, Healthcare
All too frequently, clicking on one of the state’s lead-safety sites triggers a helpful message like ‘This page does not exist’
‘Housing First’ Pilot Shows How It Can Help Improve Health of NJ’s Homeless
Andrew Kitchenman | December 10, 2015 | Healthcare
Not having to worry about where to sleep makes it easier to stick to medication schedule, keep appointments, stay out of emergency room
Bill Would Study How Move to Group Homes Affected Intellectually Disabled
Andrew Kitchenman | December 9, 2015 | Healthcare
Some families of former residents of Woodbridge Developmental Center say relocation could have cost lives
Will Christie Administration Reverse Stance on OMNIA Insurance Plan?
Andrew Kitchenman | December 8, 2015 | Healthcare
Legislation seeking to block Horizon’s tiered health coverage could hit governor’s desk within weeks
NJ Doctor, Insurer Team Up to Improve Access to Cancer-Treatment Innovations
Andrew Kitchenman | December 7, 2015 | Healthcare
Hackensack UMC-based oncologist’s company enables healthcare providers to compare individual patients’ cases to nationwide data
Key Assemblyman Resists Mandated Doctor-Patient Talks About Opioid Dangers
Andrew Kitchenman | December 4, 2015 | Healthcare
Activists focus efforts on new bill aimed at children, but chances are slim without committee chairman’s support
Tiered Plans Lower Costs for Some Patients, But at What Price for Others?
Andrew Kitchenman | December 3, 2015 | Healthcare
Legislators in Assembly hearing begin to sketch out response to Horizon’s controversial new OMNIA coverage
Why Is NJ Ignoring a Law That Would Help Protect Kids Against Lead Poisoning?
Todd B. Bates | December 2, 2015 | Healthcare, Social
State statute says one- and two-family rentals need to be inspected for lead-paint hazards, but the law has never been enforced
Hospital’s Sale Would Complete State’s First-Ever Return to Nonprofit Status
Andrew Kitchenman | December 2, 2015 | Healthcare
Acquisition in Salem County by nonprofit affiliate would broaden New Jersey footprint of controversial California-based for-profit chain, Prime Healthcare
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