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West Nile Virus Has Come Early to NJ This Year — Take Precautions, Officials Warn

Lilo H. Stainton | July 18, 2018 | Healthcare

Transmitted by infected mosquitoes, WNV has already been found in 13 counties but no cases of human infection

State Gives Medicaid Patients More Help to Quit Smoking

Lilo H. Stainton | July 17, 2018 | Healthcare
Medicaid members now qualify for smoking cessation medications like nicotine gum, lozenges, skin patches without prior approval
Tackling Teen Suicides in NJ — and the Online Connection
Lilo H. Stainton | July 16, 2018 | Healthcare
Lawmakers propose studying effects of electronic devices, online communication on schoolchildren. In related move, they want kids to be assessed for symptoms of depression
Healthcare Transportation ‘Disrupters’ Make Big Drive in New Jersey
Lilo H. Stainton | July 13, 2018 | Healthcare
New high-tech services pledge to construct easier ways for patients to get to and from medical appointments
Lawmakers Hope to Reduce Drug Abuse, OD Deaths in Schools
Lilo H. Stainton | July 12, 2018 | Healthcare
Can starting drug education in seventh grade and stockpiling naloxone in high schools help turn tide in battle against substance abuse?
NJ Gives Medicaid Patients with Hepatitis C Earlier Access to Life-Saving Drugs
Lilo H. Stainton | July 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Change means severe liver damage might be avoided. Up to now, patients were only covered for treatments after damage was evident
NJ Concussion Doc Warns Parents: Keep Kids Out of Youth Football
Lilo H. Stainton | July 10, 2018 | Healthcare
Other doctors question this caution, while sports advocates argue football remains a path to educational and economic opportunity for some kids
Murphy Signs Law to Update NJ’s Sorely Outmoded System for Investigating Deaths
Lilo H. Stainton | July 9, 2018 | Healthcare
State’s medical examiner operation has been falling apart for years but major reforms are about to begin
Hospitals Get Good News, Bad News in NJ’s Last-Minute Budget Resolution
Lilo H. Stainton | July 3, 2018 | Healthcare
Tens of millions of dollars that had been ‘frozen’ will be quickly distributed to acute-care facilities but hospital leaders alarmed by emergency-room payment reforms
NJ Hospitals Explore Software to Reduce Addiction, Improve Care
Lilo H. Stainton | June 29, 2018 | Healthcare
Computerized tracking tool summarizes patients’ histories, flagging suspect behaviors and speeding response time
Law Enforcement, Addiction Services Forge New Alliance to Help Drug Offenders
Lilo H. Stainton | June 28, 2018 | Healthcare
State Attorney General promotes program that treats addiction as a public health crisis rather than ‘law enforcement issue alone’
Legislature Set to Advance Contentious Nursing Home Staff-Ratio Bill
Lilo H. Stainton | June 27, 2018 | Healthcare
Frontline workers call for more help, but industry fears an “unfunded mandate”
Changes in State Funding Might Give Hospitals Extra Money — and Take Some Away
Lilo H. Stainton | June 26, 2018 | Healthcare
Proposals, which have raced through the Legislature, envision new county-based taxes on procedures and acute care
Prevention, Risk Reduction Focus of First NJ Spotlight Opioid Roundtable
Lilo H. Stainton | June 25, 2018 | Healthcare, Roundtables
State officials, medical professionals agree New Jersey has made a good start by trimming opioid prescriptions, but much more work remains
Scientists Help ID New Cancer-Causing Agent in Tobacco Smoke
Lilo H. Stainton | June 22, 2018 | Healthcare
Organic compounds known as ‘aldehydes’ are primary source of damage to DNA and also suppress its ability to repair that damage
Murphy to Undo Contentious Christie Makeover of Mental Health, Addiction Services
Lilo H. Stainton | June 21, 2018 | Healthcare
Governor expected to shift most DMHAS programs back to the Department of Human Services
NJ Lawmakers Consider New Taxes on Hospitals to Fund Medicaid, Medical Education
Lilo H. Stainton | June 20, 2018 | Healthcare
Aim is to raise investment in care for low-income residents and pump more money into graduate education
NJ Hospitals Adopt Protocols to Reduce Unnecessary C-Sections
Lilo H. Stainton | June 19, 2018 | Healthcare
Cesarean delivery comes with a number of risks for mothers and babies, including blood clots, cardiac complications, asthma and diabetes
State Launches Tax-Free Savings Program to Help Disabled People
Lilo H. Stainton | June 18, 2018 | Healthcare
NJ ABLE gives people with disabilities as way to ‘save for vital day-to-day expenses,’ without imperiling Medicaid coverage, similar programs
Lawmakers Urge Review of Medicaid Rates for Nursing Home Care in NJ
Lilo H. Stainton | June 15, 2018 | Healthcare
Providers say they’re losing more than $400 million a year, struggling to contain costs
Lawmakers Looking to Find More Dollars for Direct Caregivers
Lilo H. Stainton | June 14, 2018 | Healthcare
It’s easy to see why there’s a shortage of direct-support professionals. They’re paid so little they can do better financially working at a fast-food chain
State Freezes Charity Care for Hospitals — Revenue Crunch, Budget Blamed
John Reitmeyer and Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2018 | Budget, Healthcare
Seventy acute-care facilities are affected but will continue to treat patients. Funding for graduate-medical education also a casualty of New Jersey’s budgetary woes
NJ’s Medicaid Transportation System in Line for Major Overhaul
Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2018 | Healthcare
Program that uses private drivers and shuttle for nonemergency rides has been long criticized. Lawmakers want more inspections, better records, bigger fines
NJ Policy Group Releases Blueprint for Improving End-of-Life Care
Lilo H. Stainton | June 12, 2018 | Healthcare
New Jersey residents, like most Americans, would like to die at home or in hospice, but many spend their last days in the hospital
Despite High-Profile Deaths, State Figures Show Decline in Suicides
Lilo H. Stainton | June 11, 2018 | Healthcare
Four in 10 deaths nationwide were attributed, at least in part, to relationship problems, while nearly two out of three involved trouble with drug or alcohol abuse, or a recent crisis
State Poised to Allow More Gender Options on Birth Certificates
Lilo H. Stainton | June 8, 2018 | Healthcare
New law will allow transgender people to alter documents just by signing a simple statement, without a letter from healthcare professional
New Jersey to Overhaul Beleaguered Medical Examiner System
Lilo H. Stainton | June 7, 2018 | Healthcare
A decade in the making, legislative reform may finally be coming to the state’s inefficient, fragmented ME’s office
State Seeks to Apply Population Health Goals to Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | June 6, 2018 | Healthcare
Treatment and recovery are a start, but more is needed, including investing in wellness and building safer communities
Murphy Resists Trump's Changes to Funding of Women’s Healthcare
Lilo H. Stainton | June 5, 2018 | Healthcare
Fears that Title X programs will be undermined and access to family planning limited for women of low income
Governor Signs Nation’s Strongest Law on ‘Surprise’ Medical Bills
Lilo H. Stainton | June 4, 2018 | Healthcare
Doctors remained deeply concerned that law will weaken their negotiating power with insurance carriers, cost them money
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