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Democrats’ Budget Sweetens NJ’s Charity-Care Pot By $50 Million

Lilo H. Stainton | June 29, 2016 | Healthcare

Additional $10 million allocated for Newark Beth Israel and St. Francis in Trenton

Medication-Assisted Therapy: A Better Approach to Curing Opioid Addiction?

Carly Sitrin | June 27, 2016 | Healthcare
Combining medication with behavioral therapy has proven successful, but many remain suspicious about using drugs to cure drug addiction
Statewide Needle Exchange Getting Closer in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | June 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Supporters praise expansion but say more funding is needed for community programs to be a success
Another Win in Court for Horizon in OMNIA Insurance Battle
Carly Sitrin | June 24, 2016 | Healthcare
Hospitals refused access to information about how the insurer designated them as ‘tier 2’ facilities
Do Disabled, Their Families Need Ombudsman to Deal With Maze of Services?
Colleen O'Dea | June 23, 2016 | Healthcare
Cautious welcome for effort to help people ‘navigate the bureaucracy,’ but concerns raised about adding another layer of complexity
Hackensack, Meridian Merger Yields NJ's 2nd Largest Hospital System
Carly Sitrin | June 22, 2016 | Healthcare
New Hackensack Meridian Health System includes 13 hospitals, extends from Bergen to Ocean counties
Veterans, Lawmakers Argue Case to Use Medical Marijuana to Treat PTSD
Lilo H. Stainton | June 17, 2016 | Healthcare
According to advocates, pot can often do more to relieve the debilitating symptoms of PTSD than conventional medical treatment
Operators of Outpatient Facilities Want NJ to Consolidate Oversight
Lilo H. Stainton | June 16, 2016 | Healthcare
Different agencies oversee different types of surgery centers, confusing patients and making growth difficult
Feds Offer $22 Million to Bolster NJ’s Battles Against Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | June 15, 2016 | Healthcare
But funds depend on bipartisan backing for 2017 budget, so proposal comes with no guarantees
New Jersey Hospitals Well Prepped to Prevent Medical Errors
Lilo H. Stainton | June 14, 2016 | Healthcare
The good news, ‘never events,’ like leaving a surgical instrument inside a patient, occur less frequently in NJ. The bad news, they still happen
Common-Sense Habits Can Help Cut Cancer Rates Significantly
Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2016 | Healthcare
Oncologist at Cooper Camden finds reasons to celebrate results of new study
Tuition Plan Should Help Bring Psychiatrists to Underserved Areas
Lilo H. Stainton | June 10, 2016 | Healthcare
Sen. Richard Codey is behind effort to increase access to ‘proper mental healthcare’
Rowan University Researchers Develop Blood Test For Alzheimer’s
NJTV Online News | June 10, 2016 | Healthcare
New test could lead to earlier detection of the debilitating disease
Booker Fights Move To Raise Minimum Sentence For Fentanyl
NJTV News Online | June 10, 2016 | Healthcare
Senator says an amendment by Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire would not stop drug use and would lead to imprisonment of addicts
After 10 Years, NJ Moves Belatedly To Expand Needle-Exchange Programs
Lilo H. Stainton | June 9, 2016 | Healthcare
Syringe-exchange programs reduce blood-borne diseases like HIV and Hep-C, but to be truly effective they must reach a larger community
Horizon Blue Cross Wins Round On Controversial Tiered Insurance Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | June 8, 2016 | Healthcare
Appeals judge rejects challenge by group of hospitals over state approval of OMNIA plan
Democrats Still Calling for More Oversight for Tiered Insurance Networks
Lilo H. Stainton | June 7, 2016 | Healthcare
But Democratic Senate President Sweeney sets up roadblock to new health insurance regulations, refuses to post proposed bills
Medicaid Reimbursement Rates Still in Flux for Behavioral Health Services
Lilo H. Stainton | June 6, 2016 | Healthcare
Some providers expect to see reimbursement cut for mental health and addiction services -- even with an infusion of new funding
Helping Chronically Ill Patients Manage Medications Saves Lives, Money
Lilo H. Stainton | June 3, 2016 | Healthcare
Now there is a push to extend those benefits to New Jerseyans covered by FamilyCare and Medicaid, despite insurance industry concerns
New Jersey Doctors Deliver First Zika-Affected Baby Born in Continental U.S.
Lilo H. Stainton | June 2, 2016 | Healthcare
18 Zika-infected adults have been reported in the state, but experts say there is still little risk of widespread outbreak
Making a 100-Mile March to Heighten Awareness of Mental Illness
Lilo H. Stainton | June 1, 2016 | Healthcare
One woman -- pulling a coffin to symbolize those lost to suicide and addiction -- is walking from Cape May to Trenton
New Jersey Seniors More Active, Healthier, Better Fed Than Ever Before
Lilo H. Stainton | May 31, 2016 | Healthcare
But diabetes and obesity continue to increase among middle-aged Garden State residents
Helping Save Opioid Addicts’ Lives at Every Pharmacy in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | May 27, 2016 | Healthcare
Chain stores like CVS and Walgreens already sell Narcan over the counter. Smaller pharmacies may soon join them
Trying to Give Medicaid Patients a Safer, Smoother Ride to Doctor’s Office
Lilo H. Stainton | May 26, 2016 | Healthcare
Passengers with some transport services complain of late or skipped pick-ups, rude or abusive drivers
Senate Leadership Creates Heat to Support Smoking Ban
Lilo H. Stainton | May 25, 2016 | Healthcare
Sweeney hits the Belmar boardwalk to push for a ban on smoking on New Jersey’s beaches and in its parks
Hospitals Warn More Funding Cuts Will Hurt Indigent, Immigrants
Lilo H. Stainton | May 24, 2016 | Healthcare
Administration could trim as much as $175M over two years, arguing more patients covered by insurance, Medicaid thanks to ACA
Healthy Living Takes Root in Newark at the Beth Greenhouse
Lilo H. Stainton | May 23, 2016 | Healthcare
A hydroponic garden -- which uses water rather than soil to deliver nutrients to plants -- should help wash away even more of Newark’s food desert
No New Funding for Program That Pairs Psychiatrists, Pediatricians
Lilo H. Stainton | May 20, 2016 | Healthcare
Collaboration helps bridge traditional gap between treating kids’ physical and emotional distress
Massive Medical Network Should Help Ease Medicare Transition
Lilo H. Stainton | May 18, 2016 | Healthcare
A practice transformation network with some 11,000 physicians is being set up to deal with changes in how Medicare pays doctors for services
State Delays Move to New Medicaid Payment Model for Mental Health Services
Lilo H. Stainton | May 17, 2016 | Healthcare
Some providers still worried that fee schedule is too low to support behavioral health, substance-abuse programs for poorest residents
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