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NJ Senate President Sweeney to address NJAFP House of Delegates on Friday, June 12
NJAFP
The NJAFP House of Delegates convenes at 8:30 a.m. on Friday June 12. In addition to electing the organizations new officers and trustees, and debating resolutions that will shape Academy policy, delegates to the House will be addressed by Senate President Steve Sweeney. Attendance at the HOD is free of charge and open to all NJAFP Members in good standing, but registration is required. The House of Delegates takes place during the NJAFP Scientific Assembly and members are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the many opportunities for education, networking, and advocacy that are being offered throughout the weekend. Check www.njafp.org/scsa frequently for more information on the meeting, including the House of Delegates slate, resolutions, and agenda. We look forward to seeing you in Atlantic City!
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NJAFP Town Hall to highlight direct primary care and other hybrid models of care delivery
NJAFP
On Thursday evening, June 11, the NJAFP will host a Town Hall forum on Direct Primary Care and other hybrid health care models in advance of the NJAFP Scientific Assembly. Invited Panelists include John Meigs, M.D., Speaker of the AAFP Congress of Delegates; Mark Blum, an economist who currently serves as the executive director of America’s Agenda and is working with the NJ State Employees Health Benefits Program on a unique pilot program to redesign and revalue primary care delivery to beneficiaries; as well as a healthcare attorney, a family physician who recently made the switch to a Direct Primary Care practice, and a leader in the Direct Primary Care Association. The Town Hall is free of charge and open to all NJAFP Members in good standing, but registration is required. Check www.njafp.org/scsa frequently for more information, final agendas, panelists and bios.
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Tar Wars in Trenton
NJAFP
Our 2015 Tar Wars Poster Contest winners are on display at the State House in Trenton in Goldfinch Square from now until June 5. First Place was awarded to Lauren McDonough of Franklin Elementary School in Westfield NJ! Due to the amazing tutelage of school nurse, Robin Ince, RN – who has been teaching the program for over 14 years, Lauren and her classmates, Henry Hipschman (2nd place) and Abigayle Mitrow (3rd place) creatively expressed their desire to remain tobacco-free. This Thursday, June 4, the students will come to Trenton for a personal tour of our historic New Jersey State House and receive their awards for their magnificent work.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Lassa Fever victim: A case of missed opportunities, doctors say
NJ.com
Breakdowns in communications between health officials and an Essex County man who contracted a viral illness while traveling to Liberia may have contributed to his death from Lassa Fever, infectious disease experts say. The 55-year-old man, who has not been publicly identified, crucially did not disclose that he had recently been in the west African country when asked May 18 by doctors at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, the hospital said in a statement. The man visited the hospital a day after returning from Liberia, complaining of a sore throat, fever and fatigue.
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The value of having a primary care doctor
U.S. News & World Report
Primary care doctors provide accessibility as your first contact with the healthcare system; accountability, addressing the vast majority of your healthcare needs; and coordination of care across settings, integrating your acute and chronic needs and guiding access to focused specialty care when needed. They promote health and prevention, and strive to develop a sustained partnership and personal relationship with you.
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NJ lawmakers eliminate price caps from bill to curb soaring out-of-network insurance costs
NJ.com
State lawmakers have eliminated one of most controversial aspects of a high-profile bill aimed at preventing price-gouging and "surprise" billing by out-of-network doctors and hospitals in New Jersey, the sponsor announced. In a concession to physicians and hospitals, the sponsors agreed to eliminate a proposed limit on what healthcare providers may charge, state Assemblyman Craig Coughlin (D-Middlesex) announced at the outset of a four-hour hearing in Trenton. The original legislation introduced said doctor and hospital out-of-insurance network expenses could not exceed 2-1/2 times the median price of other claims for the same services.
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NJ hospitals among highest billing, data show
NorthJersey.com
Two for-profit Hudson County hospitals charge more than any other medical centers in the nation to treat patients for some of the most common diagnoses, according to Medicare data. One — CarePoint-Bayonne Medical Center — ranked as among the nation's most expensive for the third year in a row. The hospitals are owned by CarePoint Health, a group of three private investors that bought them at bankruptcy, stabilized their finances and invested in physical improvements.
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Robotic anesthesia pushes surgery into a new era
By Joan Spitrey
A new automated anesthesia delivery machine is challenging the way we look at anesthesia delivery. The Sedasys Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation System administers a propofol infusion to patients undergoing colonoscopy and EGD procedures without the direct oversight of an anesthesia provider. The use of propofol for such procedures has been gaining momentum and has become a frequently preferred medication.
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Data shows large rise in list prices at hospitals
The New York Times
The prices that hospitals ask customers to pay for a series of common procedures have increased by more than 10 percent between 2011 and 2013 — more than double the rate of inflation. But the amounts paid by Medicare, the government healthcare program for seniors and the disabled, has stayed flat, according to data released by the federal government. The hospitals' rising list prices mainly affect the uninsured and people who use hospitals outside their insurance network.
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Improving physicians' communication skills
Hospitals & Health Networks
Most physicians would agree that communication is the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship and is integral to the clinical practice of medicine. As studies validate, good communication has a therapeutic effect for patients, even reducing pain, improving blood pressure readings and increasing function. Patients who understand their doctors are also more likely to acknowledge health problems, understand treatment options, modify their behaviors and comply with medication schedules.
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Thousands of patients' data stolen at New Jersey hospitals
The Associated Press via WPIX-TV
Thousands of patients at three northern New Jersey hospitals have been alerted that their personal information was stolen by a billing clerk in a data breach. The Record newspaper reports the billing company said in a letter to patients that it's cooperating with federal authorities in their "criminal investigation."
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