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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
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
Profile: Former NJ Health Official Has National Impact on ACA Implementation
Andrew Kitchenman | January 6, 2016 | Profiles
Heather Howard finds ‘right balance’ by serving as Princeton instructor, municipal councilwoman
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
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
Explainer: Certificate of Need Determines Fate of Healthcare Facilities in NJ
Andrew Kitchenman | December 15, 2015 | Explainer
State has overseen healthcare regulation since 1971, but long process can leave hospital officials, local residents frustrated
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
‘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
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
Lawmakers Look to Resolve Forced Returns to NJ of People with Disabilities
Andrew Kitchenman | December 1, 2015 | Healthcare
Bill would make agreement with administration permanent, allowing some residents to remain at facilities outside the state
Helping Parents Make Informed Choices About Down Syndrome Babies
Andrew Kitchenman | November 30, 2015 | Healthcare
Bill would require providing information about developmental outcomes, treatments, support services
Growing Role Seen for Local Health Officers in Fostering Community Health
Andrew Kitchenman | November 25, 2015 | Healthcare
New health commissioner foresees more collaboration with hospitals and doctors in community wellness initiatives
Doctors, Hospitals Still Oppose Revised Bill to Limit Out-of-Network Charges
Andrew Kitchenman | November 24, 2015 | Healthcare
Opponents argue that legislation gives insurance companies far too much power when negotiating prices
Morristown Medical Center Ruling Leaves Assessors with Property-Tax Headache
Andrew Kitchenman | November 23, 2015 | Healthcare
With few guideposts to go by, municipal tax assessors try to determine what local nonprofit hospitals are worth
The List: NJ Hospitals with the Most Commercially Insured Patients
Andrew Kitchenman | November 23, 2015 | The List
In healthcare finances, wealthier ‘payer mix’ is a key to hospitals’ stability
Seventeen ‘Tier 2’ Hospitals Go to Court to Block Horizon’s OMNIA Plans
Andrew Kitchenman | November 20, 2015 | Healthcare
Former chief of state Department of Banking and Insurance leads plaintiff action against his former agency
Police Chief: Require Hospital Trip for Survivors of Opioid Overdoses
Andrew Kitchenman | November 19, 2015 | Healthcare
Use of overdose antidote has reduced deaths, but follow-up treatment deemed crucial to prevent return to drug use
Legislation to Limit Surprise Medical Bills Goes Forward Without Price Index
Andrew Kitchenman | November 18, 2015 | Healthcare
Sponsors make cut, hoping to give measure better chance of passing lame-duck session, craft second bill for index
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