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NJ Not Alone in Switch to State-Based Health Insurance Exchange
Lilo H. Stainton | July 11, 2019 | Healthcare
Four other states, including Pennsylvania, are moving to take over ACA operation from federal government
Groundbreaking Project in Paterson Ties Health to Housing
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | July 11, 2019 | Healthcare
St. Joseph’s Health partners with state to provide affordable housing for frequent users of emergency department
State Appoints Dental Director, First in Three Decades
Lilo H. Stainton | July 10, 2019 | Healthcare
Dr. Darwin K. Hayes, who led large training program in the Bronx, will develop oral-health plan for the state
Shortage of Home Care Nurses on Horizon
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | July 10, 2019 | Healthcare
Home healthcare agencies say Medicaid reimbursements have not kept pace and, as a result, it’s tough to recruit private duty nurses
State Ramps Up Training in Latest Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Lilo H. Stainton | July 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Hundreds of additional healthcare professionals are being schooled in Medication Assisted Treatment, considered the gold standard of care
Murphy Signs Bills Protecting Benefits for First Responders
Michael Aron | NJTV News | July 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Safeguards put in place for those who volunteered at Ground Zero and became sick, and for those claiming workers’ compensation
Heart-Attack Patients Face Worse Odds at NJ Hospitals with Lower ‘Care’ Scores
Caren Chesler | July 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Rutgers University researchers find 3 percent of heart attack patients return to low-scoring hospitals due to a new heart attack within 30 days
Murphy Recommends Middle Ground for Home Care Wage Measure
Lilo H. Stainton | July 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Issuing a conditional veto, governor urges new hourly rate of $18 rather than the $20 legislators had wanted
Murphy Signs Law Greatly Expanding NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program
Michael Aron | NJTV News | July 3, 2019 | Healthcare
Overhaul allows more professionals to prescribe medical pot, in higher amounts, and with fewer restrictions
NJ First State to Let Paramedics Offer Prime Opioid-Withdrawal Drug
Lilo H. Stainton | July 2, 2019 | Healthcare
Emergency responders will be able to carry buprenorphine, which has been shown to reduce the symptoms of opioid withdrawal
Murphy Makes NJ 12th State with Own Health Insurance Exchange
Lilo H. Stainton | July 1, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey is the first to make the change since Obamacare was established
State Fires Back on Claims Alleging Dangerous Conditions at Greystone
Lilo H. Stainton | June 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Attorney general contends lawsuit fails to prove that state’s actions caused harm to plaintiffs
Lawmakers Want Emergency Funds for Struggling Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | June 27, 2019 | Healthcare
Sen. Richard Codey spearheads effort to stave off possible closure of East Orange General Hospital with $7.5M grant for behavioral health program
Gov Taps Respected Nurse and Hospital Exec to Lead Health Department
Lilo H. Stainton | June 26, 2019 | Healthcare
Judith Persichilli is choice to replace Dr. Shereef Elnahal, who departs next month for the top job at Newark’s University Hospital
Fears that NJ Won’t Make Deadline to Create Own Health Exchange by 2020
Briana Vannozzi | NJTV News | June 26, 2019 | Healthcare
Concerns that necessary legislation will not be posted for a vote before Legislature’s summer recess
Next Items on the Marijuana Agenda in New Jersey
Carly Sitrin | June 26, 2019 | Healthcare, Roundtables
At NJ Spotlight roundtable, experts explore expansion of medical marijuana program and what’s possible for adult-use after a measure for legalizing it failed
Lawmakers Seek Higher Pay for Personal Care, Full Funding in Doubt
Lilo H. Stainton | June 25, 2019 | Healthcare
No one argues that personal-care workers don’t rate a pay hike, but giving them a boost will add $131 million to the state’s Medicaid expenses over next 12 months
How Two Unrelated Hospital Measures Have Stalled in Trenton
Lilo H. Stainton | June 24, 2019 | Healthcare
One bill concerns angioplasties, the other the rights of patients transferring to out-of-state facilities. Is a Camden hospital the connection?
Compromise Reached to Expand NJ’s Medical Marijuana Law
Lilo H. Stainton and Carly Sitrin | June 21, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor worked with legislative leaders to reach a deal that will eliminate tax, shift oversight and add delivery options
Hike in HMO Fee Engineered to Boost Funding of Hospital Charity Care
Lilo H. Stainton | June 20, 2019 | Healthcare
Measure would raise state tax on what consumers are charged for certain health policies, but companies would be prohibited from passing on extra cost
‘Regional Health Hubs’ Aim to Improve Services for Medicaid Patients
Lilo H. Stainton | June 19, 2019 | Healthcare
NJ healthcare coalitions have had success focusing on complex health and social needs of high-demand Medicaid patients. Now they have a new roadmap for an even more integrated approach
Lawsuit Over Greystone Safety, Treatment Raises Questions About Reforms
Lilo H. Stainton | June 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Current and former patients, supported by staff, allege hospital administrators and state health officials have allowed dangerous conditions to continue at psychiatric hospital
Flesh-eating bacterium is on the rise in Delaware Bay, doctors warn
Jon Hurdle | June 18, 2019 | Healthcare
Cooper University Health Care has treated five patients over the last two summers who were infected, a sharp increase over previous years; one of the patients died
Menendez, Others Try to Stop Surprise Out-of-Network Medical Bills
Leah Mishkin | NJTV News | June 17, 2019 | Healthcare
Advocates say loopholes in New Jersey law would be closed if bipartisan federal measure succeeds
NJ Opioid Tax Details Emerge, But Plan Lacks Legislative Sponsor
Lilo H. Stainton | June 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Governor’s proposal would enable the state to charge a fee of up to $5 million on companies that manufacture opiates in New Jersey
NJ Lawmakers Seeking to Expand Access to STD Treatment
Lilo H. Stainton | June 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Legislation to allow for medication to be prescribed for the sexual partner of someone diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease is up for Assembly vote today
Healthcare Improves in NJ, but Spending Remains a Concern
Lilo H. Stainton | June 12, 2019 | Healthcare
Garden State turns in strong showing for low mortality rates for suicide and alcohol, but growing opioid epidemic continues to pull down state’s rankings
Raft of Bills Advance to Ease Way for State Health Insurance Exchange
Lilo H. Stainton | June 10, 2019 | Healthcare
Democratic-led effort to replace federal exchange; insurance and business interests, although generally supportive, have questions
State Seeks New Infection Protections at Some Long-Term Care Facilities
Lilo H. Stainton | June 7, 2019 | Healthcare
After tragic results of viral outbreak at pediatric center last year, Department of Health outlines measures to prevent a repeat
State Lawmakers Seek to Improve Drug-Pricing Transparency
Lilo H. Stainton | June 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Public website listing wholesale costs for specific meds, as well as dose, brand, and generics, could transform prescribers into savvy shoppers
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