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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?
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
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
Strong Support for Expanding Mental Health Education in NJ Schools
Lilo H. Stainton | June 11, 2019 | Education
Members of Assembly committee vote for age-appropriate mental health curriculum in public schools, beginning in kindergarten
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
Controversial Proposal Advances to Ease Restrictions on APN Practice
Lilo H. Stainton | June 5, 2019 | Healthcare
Senate committee approves bill allowing specially trained nurses to write prescriptions for medications and devices
Some Gains, But More Room for Improvement in NJ Maternal Care
Lilo H. Stainton | June 4, 2019 | Healthcare
Many Garden State birthing centers have more work to do to reduce cesarean sections and other potentially hazardous procedures
Looking to Get to Grips with Loneliness Among NJ’s Elderly, Others at Risk
Lilo H. Stainton | May 31, 2019 | Healthcare
Social isolation is a public health concern, says Assemblyman; a new task force would assess its reach in New Jersey and recommend ways to alleviate it
Health Commissioner Tussles on Twitter over Vaping as Anti-Smoking Aid
Lilo H. Stainton | May 30, 2019 | Healthcare
When Elnahal tweets that e-cigarettes are not a safe alternative to regular cigarettes, pro-vapers respond with criticism — and invective
Plans Emerge for NJ Health Insurance Marketplace, New Protections
Lilo H. Stainton | May 29, 2019 | Healthcare
New Jersey Democrats are pushing back hard against Trump and the GOP’s attempts to gut Obamacare
NJ Takes Next Step Toward Palliative Care Education, Outreach
Lilo H. Stainton | May 28, 2019 | Healthcare
Making sure nursing homes, hospitals, patients and their families understand services available for end-of-life care is one goal of legislation
AG Joins Lawsuit to Defend State’s Federal Healthcare Funding
Lilo H. Stainton | May 22, 2019 | Healthcare
Trying to fend off Trump administration’s new rule that would let providers decline to perform abortions, other services on moral or religious grounds
State Shares Good News About Reforms at Psychiatric Hospitals
Lilo H. Stainton | May 21, 2019 | Healthcare
DOH is putting its back — and its budget — into making facilities more responsive to patients, safer for staff
Providers of Key Child Therapies Plagued by Billing System Problems
Lilo H. Stainton | May 20, 2019 | Healthcare
Now the state wants to recoup millions that it loaned to agencies pending a fix even though billing troubles — and payment troubles — persist
Questions About NJ’s Surprise-Billing Law, And One Call for Changes
Lilo H. Stainton | May 16, 2019 | Healthcare
Although out-of-state transfers are rare, one doctor insists patients fully understand out-of-pocket costs, before they go anywhere
New Jersey Seniors Get Healthier but They’re Not Exactly Fitness Fanatics
Lilo H. Stainton | May 15, 2019 | Healthcare
NJ ranks 21st among the states for the health of its older residents but only 42nd for seniors’ level of physical activity
New Rules to Further Expand NJ’s Medical Marijuana Program
Lilo H. Stainton | May 14, 2019 | Healthcare
Regulations will cut red tape for young patients, ease the way for more diseases or symptoms to be covered, among other changes
Vote on Expanding NJ Hospital Angioplasty Services, After Years of Talk
Lilo H. Stainton | May 13, 2019 | Healthcare
Common procedure is lucrative and potentially lifesaving but it’s unavailable in less populated parts of state, except in emergencies
Overdose-Reversal Agent Scarce in Some NJ Urban Areas
Lilo H. Stainton | May 9, 2019 | Healthcare
Naloxone more likely to be stocked by suburban drugstores, even though call for medication much higher in poorer cities
Atlantic County Program Makes Sure Patients Do Not Die Alone
Lilo H. Stainton | May 8, 2019 | Healthcare
Trained volunteers stand vigil with patients, providing them ‘with the dignity and respect they deserve’
Rutgers Weighs Pros and Cons of Medical School Integration
Lilo H. Stainton | May 7, 2019 | Healthcare
Consolidation could translate into more research funding, but some professional staff members at both schools counsel taking it slow
New Jersey Gets Less Funding for Public Health from CDC than Many States
Lilo H. Stainton | May 6, 2019 | Healthcare
Garden State ranked 14th for total dollars provided by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2018
DOH Commissioner Tapped to Lead Troubled Newark Hospital
Lilo H. Stainton | May 2, 2019 | Healthcare
As governor calls news bittersweet, Elnahal promises big improvements at the 130-year-old institution
Other Countries and New York Fuel NJ’s Measles Outbreak, Officials Say
Lilo H. Stainton | May 1, 2019 | Healthcare
Travelers returning from countries where the disease is widespread and cross-border contamination from New York are responsible for uptick in New Jersey
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