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State Seeks High-Tech Oversight of $2B Annual Spending on Drug Benefits

Lilo H. Stainton | December 2, 2016 | Healthcare

New Jersey would be first state to use new technology to make real-time decisions about drug purchases, contracts, possibly saving taxpayers $200M a year

New Jersey Expands Welfare Benefits for Former Drug Offenders

Lilo H. Stainton | December 1, 2016 | Healthcare
But they must be participating in a treatment program, and no one convicted of distributing drugs is eligible
Trump’s Pick For Health Wants Big Changes To Medicare, Medicaid
Lilo H. Stainton | November 30, 2016 | Healthcare
Millions of NJ residents could be affected if Congressman Tom Price’s plans for those programs and Obamacare become law
Repeal of ACA Could Hurt NJ’s Patients, Health, And Economy
Lilo H. Stainton | November 29, 2016 | Healthcare
If President-elect Trump follows through on his threat to abolish Obamacare, it could blow a $3B hole in the state’s budget, in the first year alone
Rutgers’ Stroke Study Shows Younger Adults Face Growing Risk
Lilo H. Stainton | November 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Researchers find rate is dropping among New Jerseyans over 55, but indicate potentially alarming news for those 35 to 44
The Best Time to Consider Hospice Care: Before It’s Needed
Lilo H. Stainton | November 23, 2016 | Healthcare
NJ residents, like many Americans, want to die at home, but they often fail to plan for this eventuality
Horizon to Fund New NJ Healthcare Advocacy Organization
Lilo H. Stainton | November 22, 2016 | Healthcare, 2013 Summer Reading
State’s largest health insurer is backing a group whose goal is to ‘educate consumers,’ a promise welcomed by some, greeted with a raised eyebrow by others
Knowledge, Cash Critical in Fight Against Lead Poisoning in NJ’s Kids
Meir Rinde | November 22, 2016 | Education, Healthcare
Experts argue that education professionals — superintendents, teachers, nurses, and school psychologists — must learn to identify symptoms of this deadly epidemic
More NJ Hospitals Merge: Trying to Improve Health — and Financial Stability
Lilo H. Stainton | November 21, 2016 | Healthcare
A number of forces, not least Obamacare, are prompting hospitals to consolidate. But will some communities lose out in the new healthcare landscape?
Can NJ’s Programs to Prevent and Treat Addiction Serve as National Model?
Lilo H. Stainton | November 18, 2016 | Healthcare
U.S. Surgeon General says treatment for substance-use disorders should emphasize harm reduction and involve new medications
More Patients Feel Pain of Surprise Billing Even After Going ‘In-Network’
Lilo H. Stainton | November 17, 2016 | Healthcare
Lawmakers want to curb the costly, escalating practice, but doctors and hospitals vehemently oppose Trenton’s solution
Autism Grants Help New Jersey Families Coordinate Care
Lilo H. Stainton | November 16, 2016 | Healthcare
Program, supported by surcharge on traffic tickets, also provides funding for research in Garden State
Advocates Fear Payment Reform Will Unravel Psychiatric Safety Net
Lilo H. Stainton | November 15, 2016 | Healthcare
Problems with fee-for-service model could be further exacerbated if President-elect Trump ditches Affordable Care Act
‘Value-Based’ Healthcare Gains Ground in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | November 14, 2016 | Healthcare
In an effort to improve care and curb escalating costs, a new approach to treating patients stresses quality over quantity
Patients Play Growing Role in Developing Treatments for Rare Diseases
Lilo H. Stainton | November 9, 2016 | Healthcare
Pharmaceutical companies say advocates and families are changing how they work
Death with Dignity or Premature End for Elderly, Disabled, or Terminally Ill?
Lilo H. Stainton | November 7, 2016 | Healthcare
NJ medical group says doctor-assisted suicide incompatible with helping patients, but supporters say the dying should have choice to avoid pain
Sweeney Plan Could Save $200M in Prescription Costs for Public Workers
Lilo H. Stainton | November 4, 2016 | Healthcare
New Jersey would be first state government to try high-tech pharmacy benefit manager
Ombudsman for Developmentally Disabled Has Bipartisan Backing
Lilo H. Stainton | November 3, 2016 | Healthcare
Some advocates fear plan would create new level of bureaucracy for families to negotiate
RWJBarnabas Invests Nearly $20M in Rutgers Sports Medicine Facility
Lilo H. Stainton | November 2, 2016 | Healthcare
State’s largest health system plans to put hundreds of millions of dollars to work at public university to boost federal research funding, build skilled workforce
Garden State Hospitals Earn Better Grades in Latest Survey
Lilo H. Stainton | November 1, 2016 | Healthcare
Critics claim Leapfrog Group’s grades are based on outdated information, penalize teaching hospitals
From Locked Doors to Liberty: Evolution of Mental Health Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | October 31, 2016 | Healthcare
An award-winning documentary explores life inside — and outside — a harsh psychiatric hospital
Doctors, Hospitals Still Fighting Plan to Curb Out-Of-Network Charges
Lilo H. Stainton | October 28, 2016 | Healthcare
Patient, employer advocates say costs must be controlled; providers argue they will be left short
Obamacare NJ: 7% Rate Increase in 'Benchmark' Plan
NJTV News Online | October 28, 2016 | Healthcare
But as new premiums come into effect, some New Jerseyans are experiencing sticker shock
Programs for Developmentally Disabled Could Face More Scrutiny
Lilo H. Stainton | October 27, 2016 | Healthcare
Reducing physical and emotional abuse, neglect in state-funded facilities
New Technology Helps NJ’s Developmentally Disabled Gain Independence
Lilo H. Stainton | October 26, 2016 | Healthcare
State agency, advocacy groups pair people with disabilities with devices that can help them live on their own, go to school, work
No Reimbursement for Opioid Prescriptions in NJ Written Without Plan
Lilo H. Stainton | October 25, 2016 | Healthcare
Doctors would be required to document patient-safety protocol before writing scrip
NJ Provides $10M to Nonprofit Groups For Urban Lead Removal
Lilo H. Stainton | October 24, 2016 | Healthcare
Launches public-relations effort to warn parents about dangers of lead, need for screening
Democrats Can’t Wait to Restore Women’s Healthcare Funding Post-Christie
Lilo H. Stainton | October 21, 2016 | Healthcare
They also back Planned Parenthood’s proposal for insurance companies to cover a year’s worth of birth control at once
Protecting Uber Passengers Who Are Injured in an Accident
Lilo H. Stainton | October 20, 2016 | Healthcare
Car-service company argues riders are already covered by current $1.5M liability insurance; critics contend there are too many loopholes in coverage
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Launches Integrated Mental-Physical Pilot
Lilo H. Stainton | October 19, 2016 | Healthcare
A new program for patients with Crohn’s disease will integrate mental and physical treatments in order to improve health and reduce costs
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