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Adolescent influenza immunization
NJAFP
Flu season is the perfect time to review the importance of complying with the recommended vaccination schedules for adolescents. Family physicians are crucial to achieving the herd immunity threshold required to effectively decrease the incidence and impact of influenza.
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NJ lawmakers to ask AG to determine if Horizon insurance plan violates law
NJ.com
Two state senators said they would ask the state attorney general to investigate whether New Jersey's largest health insurer violated anti-trust and false advertising laws in developing a new plan that excludes half of the hospitals in the state. Based on the testimony at an exhaustive and contentious hearing, state Sens. Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) and Nia Gill (D-Essex) said they came away concerned that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey appeared to mislead the public about which hospitals and physicians should comprise the OMNIA Alliance and Tier 1 network plans.
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Critics take Horizon to task over OMNIA Alliance, citing lack of transparency
NJ Spotlight
The traditional role of New Jersey's state government in regulating the hospital and insurance industries has been to balance the needs of residents against the realities of the market, to ensure, among other things, equitable access to healthcare. Then why are two leading senators on insurance issues — Nia H. Gill (D-Essex and Passaic) and Joseph F. Vitale (D-Middlesex) — arguing that the state has abdicated its responsibility in the case of the new OMNIA Health Alliance from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey?
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9 NJ hospitals sue HHS over Medicare reimbursement rates
Becker's Hospital Review
A group of New Jersey hospitals sued HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell in federal court, alleging the agency wrongly reduced Medicare payments to hospitals for treating high numbers of low-income patients under the New Jersey Charity Care Program.
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NJ hospitals' patient safety program cut costs by $120 million
FierceHealthFinance
A collaborative effort of New Jersey's hospitals has borne significant clinical and financial fruit, according to data released by that state's hospital association. The New Jersey Hospital Association has reported that the three-year Partnership for Patients-New Jersey, part of the nationwide Partnership for Patients project spearheaded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, led to 13,730 instances where patient harm was averted and a total savings of $120 million in healthcare costs, based on data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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Horizon NJ's new insurance plan: What we know so far
NJ.com
Lawmakers will demand executives from New Jersey's largest health insurance company to explain how their dramatic venture to reduce premiums by 15 percent next year will affect the rest of healthcare insurance landscape in the state.
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NJ hospitals improve care for thousands of patients through ACA-funded effort
NJ Spotlight
Patients staying in a New Jersey hospital are less likely to get an infection or bedsores than they were several years ago, according to a broad range of measures. That improvement is being driven by Partnership for Patients, a program funded through the Affordable Care Act that teaches hospital personnel how to better protect patients from a range of hospital-related conditions. The program comprises 17 national, regional and state organizations and in New Jersey is overseen by the New Jersey Hospital Association, serving 62 hospitals.
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Justices restrict med-mal actions against uninsured doctors
New Jersey Law Journal
A plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit cannot bring a direct cause of action against a physician for failing to have the proper insurance, and a doctor's failure to tell the patient that he or she is not insured does not violate the informed consent doctrine, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Sept. 29. However, the court also ruled that an injured plaintiff can bring claims against a healthcare facility that fails to make sure that the physicians they hire do have medical malpractice liability insurance for the procedures they perform, or at least have obtained a letter of credit.
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Securing electronic health records on mobile devices
By Christina Thielst
Healthcare providers are breaking free from the nursing station and using mobile devices to receive, store, process and transmit patient clinical information from where they happen to be located. Along with the convenience, mobile devices used by many of today's professionals present vulnerabilities to the healthcare organization's network, and ultimately to patients. Too often these mobile devices are being used before they have implemented safeguards for privacy and security.
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Do physician leaders value top quality, low-cost healthcare?
RevCycle Intelligence
Physician leaders are actively advocating to more tightly weave value into the fabric of the healthcare industry via a simple yet intricate concept: keep care quality high and cost low. According to a new survey from the American Association for Physician Leadership and the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis, over 90 percent of nearly 2,400 surveyed physician leaders confirm the lowering of unnecessary care lacking evidence is of "high" or "very high" concern. Similarly, over 90 percent of survey respondents also concur increased transparency regarding quality is of "high" significance.
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Is physician employment here to stay in this post-reform environment?
D Healthcare Daily
Anyone who has worked in the healthcare industry for any substantial period of time has experienced, and adapted to, a seemingly endless array of changes, trends, and developments, not the least of which is the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. One paradigm shift significantly impacting the physician workforce, as well as the physician recruiting industry, is the growth of physician employment opportunities, and the decline in private practice ownership.
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