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NJAFP's Cari Miller to present at NCQA PCMH Congress
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 Oct. 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
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Affordable Care costs may rise in NJ
Three insurers that sold health coverage this year to about 135,000 New Jersey residents through the federal Affordable Care Act are asking the state to approve double-digit price hikes for 2016. Price boosts also could be in the offing for the two other companies that participated in the marketplace set up by Obamacare, but there is no way to know because requests for increases under 10 percent don't have to be disclosed in New Jersey until November.
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In NJ, mental health reform starts with hospital leaders
HealthLeaders Media
Leaders of five New Jersey hospital and health systems are pushing to fundamentally change the state's mental health system, which they believe is in crisis. Three of New Jersey's counties — Camden, Burlington and Gloucester have a need for mental health services that outpaces the availability of providers, a 2013 community health assessment revealed.
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ADP's new health exchange play as Obamacare 'tax' looms
A payroll management giant is jumping into the health insurance exchange world with a double-barreled option for companies looking to control costs, give their workers more choice — and possibly help those employers avoid paying Obamacare's coming "Cadillac Tax." ADP said it will offer a private health exchange option to companies that want to continue providing their employees' group health insurance coverage.
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Data doesn't lie: Remote monitoring works
By Karen R. Thomas
There has been a lot of positive press lately about remote patient monitoring, but many wonder what the news really means for patients. Yes, telehealth can improve efficiencies, reduce rehospitalizations and save money for the healthcare system, but is it actually helping patients? The short answer is yes — especially for chronic disease patients who require monitoring, consultation and education on a regular basis.
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Food insecurity and high healthcare costs go hand in hand
People with severe food insecurity, who struggle the most to put food on the table, have healthcare costs more than twice as high as people who are food secure, according to a new Canadian study. People who have food insecurity, meaning inadequate or insecure access to food due to low income, "have poorer (physical and mental) health, this is documented extensively for adults and children," said lead author Valerie Tarasuk of the University of Toronto.
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Are online symptom checkers accurate?
By Lynn Hetzler
More than a third of all adults in the United States use the Internet to self-diagnose everything from hangnails to heart attacks. Most start out by typing symptoms into an Internet search engine, which often leads to a "symptom checker" website or app. A recent study by Harvard Medical School found that these symptom-checker sites and apps often provided inaccurate information for both triage and diagnosis.
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How to tackle America's physician shortage
Since the Affordable Care Act was enacted in 2010, 16.4 million Americans have entered the healthcare system. This record number of insured individuals applies tremendous pressure on an already stretched system, but it also creates opportunities for innovation. The population of newly insured patients includes many who are living close to the poverty line. The rate of low-wealth Americans who are now insured increased by 13 percent while a Gallup poll found that low-wealth Americans were more likely to struggle with chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, depression and high blood pressure.
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