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NJAFP's Cari Miller to present at NCQA PCMH Congress
NJAFP
Cari Miller, MSM, PCMH CCE, NJAFP's Director of Healthcare Transformation and Project Operations, has been selected as a presenter at the Patient-Centered Medical Home Congress (PCMH Congress), NCQA's official national conference for PCMH clinicians, experts, consultants and quality managers dedicated to transforming primary care practices into medical homes. This inaugural congress will be held October 9 - 11, 2015 in San Francisco.

As a current content expert (PCMH CCE) and recognized leader in the field, Ms. Miller will present an advanced session focused on best methods for preparing for the PCMH CCE standardized exam, and an introductory session providing an overview of important components of PCMH transformation components such as empanelment, risk stratification and care management activities for high(er) risk patients.

Since 2009, NJAFP has worked with physicians, practice teams, health systems, community health centers, residency programs, and key healthcare providers and stakeholders across the state to provide assistance, guidance and facilitation for practice transformation, NCQA PCMH recognition, quality improvement, workforce development and education. For more information about NJAFP's practice transformation services, please visit our website at http://www.njafp.org/node/5518 .
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NJ providers earn $2.5 million in bonuses from UnitedHealthcare
NJBiz
Nearly 500 New Jersey doctors have received a total of about $2.5 million in bonuses from UnitedHealthcare for excellence in treating its Medicare Advantage members, the insurer announced. The Garden State doctors were among nearly 4,000 care providers nationwide who earned more than $54 million in bonus payments as winners of the PATH Excellence in Patient Service Awards for improving health outcomes and closing gaps in care, UnitedHealthcare said in a news release.
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Anthem to buy Cigna, creating biggest US health insurer
Reuters
Anthem Inc said it would buy Cigna Corp for about $54.2 billion, creating the largest U.S. health insurer by membership and accelerating the industry's consolidation from five national players to three. The proposed acquisition, the health insurance industry's largest, comes three weeks after Aetna Inc agreed to buy Humana Inc for $37 billion.
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Assessing how healthcare alliances affect patients with cancer
NJ.com
Hardly a week passes without an announcement that two or more healthcare organizations have formed some sort of alliance or partnership. Healthcare analysts say that when these agreements involve true sharing of resources, they can improve patient care in several ways. At the same time, analysts warn that arrangements promoted as alliances sometimes involve little more than branding, with the joint venture not resulting in new expertise or capabilities being made available to patients.
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NJ home-health agencies rank high in 1st time federal ratings
NJ Spotlight
New Jersey home-health agencies score well compared with those in other states, but there is plenty of room to improve, according to newly released federal ratings. New Jersey ranks fifth in the country in the number of agencies that have four or five stars, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which recently released home-health ratings for the first time.
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Hospitals paying property taxes? It's being proposed
NJ.com
The decade-long property tax battle between Morristown and Morristown Medical Center has ignited discussion between hospital officials and legislators about whether hospitals should should pay property taxes to their host communities. Healthcare and legislative leaders say the state should look to create a formula setting up payments, following the July 8 announcement by the town and its largest employer that they would attempt to settle their battle over whether the medical center should pay property taxes.
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Ranking New Jersey's hospitals
Politico
Politico New York received the data from U.S. News & World Report and here is a chart that shows how each of the New Jersey hospitals fared in every category measured by U.S. News & World Report.
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Barnabas, Robert Wood Johnson merger will create giant system in New Jersey
FierceHealthFinance
Two large healthcare systems in New Jersey have announced their final plans to merge, creating a mega-system that would be by far the Garden State's largest provider. The merger of Barnabas Healthcare and the Robert Wood Johnson Healthcare system would include 14 hospitals under ownership — mostly in Northern New Jersey — along with a contract to manage University Hospital in Newark. It would have nearly 30,000 employees, 9,000 physicians and annual revenue of $4.5 billion, NJ.com has reported.
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Primary care compensation rising faster than specialists, but ...
HealthLeaders Media
The role of the primary care physician continues to be vital in the drive toward value-based healthcare, MGMA data shows. A survey from Medical Group Management Association provides further evidence that primary care physician compensation is rising at a faster rate than that of specialists. However, the survey also shows that specialists earn nearly twice as much. The findings, gleaned from comparative data from nearly 70,000 providers, found that primary care physicians reported a median compensation of $241,273 in 2014, a 3.56 percent increase since 2013. Median compensation for specialists rose to $411,852, a 2.39 percent increase since last year.
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How providers, payers can prepare for consumer-centered healthcare
FierceHealthcare
The healthcare industry is more consumer-centered than ever, and hospital and health system leaders must strategize accordingly, says a new report from the Healthcare Performance Management Institute. The transition to value-based healthcare is one of the industry's top priorities, particularly in the wake of the King v. Burwell decision solidifying the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land, according to the report. During this transition, "power players" such as healthcare providers and payers, have typically controlled the shift, but post-ACA industry disruption has consumers emerging as major players in their own right.
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Why this is the best of times to be a physician in America
Forbes
This is the best of times to be a United States physician. But it also is among the most challenging. The trust and respect patients feel for their personal physicians still runs extremely high. The number of medical school applicants continues to increase every year. The opportunities for physicians to improve the health of the American public are unparalleled. The practice of medicine remains among the most fulfilling of human endeavors. Simply put, being a doctor is a rare privilege.
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The graying of the US healthcare workforce
By Christina Thielst
The baby boomer generation started reaching retirement age in 2011. As millions of baby boomers are starting to need the additional healthcare services that come with aging, the healthcare industry is considering their labor options. At the same time more workers will be needed, a wave of older healthcare workers will also be retiring. So where will the needed labor come from when there just aren't enough younger workers to fill the gaps?
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