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NJCTH has launched a Faculty Developement Resource Guide. The Faculty Development Resource Guide was developed to meet the educational needs of our member physician-faculty. Based on a needs assessment conducted with our members, the Faculty Development Resource Guide is composed of topics that were identified as educational needs by our members.
New Jersey is experiencing a shortage of doctors. In fact, it’s projected that by 2020 the state will be about 3,000 primary care physicians short of what is needed to give optimal health care.
Joint Committee meeting Held at NJCTH
NJCTH held a joint Academic Affairs (AAC), Council of Children’s Hospital (CCH) GME, and Council of Deans meeting on July 22nd at the NJCTH Boardroom. The invited speaker, Hader Mate, MD, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), presented Engaging Faculty in Quality and Patient Safety. The Council is working with member’s to assist in building quality and patient safety curriculum that supports institutions in their ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review(CLER) program, as well as provide a quality and patient safety knowledge base for medical residents.
Dr. Mate covered areas including the current state of quality initiatives (QI) in Academic Medical Centers, why it is important and the challenges faced when engaging faculty and integrating QI trainings into residents experiential clinical education. The biggest challenges include: lack of support, time constraints, lack of available personnel resources and conflicting priorities to name a few. The committee members shared a robust discussion with Dr. Mate.
The next joint meeting will be held on October 7, 2014 at the Council. The featured speaker is Robert Englunder MD, MPH, Senior Director, AAMC; topic: The Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency
NJ State Resident Training Permits
Recently the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals (NJCTH), the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), and New Jersey Academy of Family Practice (NJAFP) took action to secure continued training for two medical residents in the much needed specialties of family medicine and pediatrics.
Background: At the end of the first year of residency training in New Jersey, medical residents must secure a permit from the Board of Medical Examiners (the Board) in order to complete their remaining years of medical residency training at a New Jersey teaching hospital.
However, these two medical residents attended a study abroad program in accredited and recognized medical schools but a little known regulation that exists only in New Jersey states that they could be disqualified form receiving a permit (N.J.A.C. 13:35-1.5(c)(ii), because they have not “completed their didactic education in the country or in the jurisdiction which authorizes the medical school to grant a degree.” They were initially unsuccessful in obtaining a permit for their remaining years of training, potentially forcing them to leave New Jersey for training elsewhere.
Ms. Briggs and team were determined to see these much needed residents remain in New Jersey. They successfully requested the Board hold a special hearing allowing these two medical school graduates to present their case. Both residents, born and raised in New Jersey, eloquently discussed their educational process and desire to continue their medical residency training in New Jersey.
After hearing the news of the successful intervention one resident wrote: “I am proud to say that I am now back in Residency and am writing this email as I await seeing patients in the clinic. I cannot stress how much you have helped a young man's dream of becoming a physician here in New Jersey continue to become true. Thank you again so much!”
The successful team included Deborah Briggs, president and CEO NJCTH; Mishael Azam, COO, NJMS; Claudine Leone, government affairs director, NJAFP; and Anthony LaBue, DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP. They will continue negotiating with the Board to permanently amend the regulatory language.
Subsidy Payment Schedule
Starting with July payments, Charity Care and Graduate Medical Education subsidy payments will be made to hospitals on or around the 20th of the month and depending on the day of the week and the State's payment processing system payment dates can range from the 17th to the 23rd of the month. DSRIP payments will be made to hospitals around the 26th of the month and depending on the day of the week and the State's payment processing system payment dates can range from the 24th to the 30th of the month.
For July, hospitals received their Charity Care and Graduate Medical Education subsidy payments on 7/18. DSRIP payments will post on 7/23 with hospitals receiving payments on 7/25.
Horizon BCBSNJ’s 2013 study results demonstrate patient-centered program improves patient care and lowers costs (horizonblue.com) New study findings released today confirm that Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s patient-centered program is working to improve the coordination of care and lower costs. The 2013 patient-centered study is the largest to date and includes more than 200,000 Horizon BCBSNJ members. Patient-centered care is an innovative approach that focuses on delivering better quality outcomes, a better patient experience and lowering the cost of care.
Medicaid transformation will help aging N.J. residents stay in their homes longer (NJBiz.com)New Jerseyans will have an easier time remaining in their homes as they age, instead of moving to a nursing home, under a major transformation of the Medicaid program the state launched this summer. And experts say the changes combine the best of both worlds: Most seniors want to continue living in their communities — and they will cost Medicaid less money if they do.
Cooper University Health Care and AmeriHealth New Jerseyannounced they have closed the transaction effective July 1 and finalized their agreement to transform the delivery of health care in New Jersey. The venture, announced last April, is unprecedented between a health insurer and hospital system in the state. Under the transaction, Cooper University Health Care receives minority interest in AmeriHealth New Jersey. The goal of the collaboration between the two organizations is to work together to develop and offer an expanded suite of co-branded health products and an accountable care model for New Jersey residents.
Atlantic Health System was again named one of Health Care's Most Wired organizations for a fifth consecutive year according to the results of a survey released in the July 2014 issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, the journal of the American Hospital Association.
“This recognition not only reflects the enormous amount of preparation Atlantic Health System has already made, but also its commitment to stay at the forefront as information technology becomes an even more important, integral part of the delivery of health care,” said Linda Reed, RN, Vice President, Behavioral and Integrative Medicine and Chief Information Officer, Atlantic Health System.
Hackensack University Medical Center and MediconneX, LLC, a developer of mobile health software, announce a collaboration and research agreement has been reached. This agreement will enable the joint development of technology and clinician-led programs to improve the transition of patients from the hospital. It has been recognized that poor transitions of care are often at the root of preventable readmissions leading to higher costs and lowering the quality-of-life for patients. The two organizations will be working together to leverage the clinical expertise of the HackensackUMC team through Mediconnex technology software to improve the care transitions for a broad range of patients. As part of this collaboration, HackensackUMC and Mediconnex will be conducting - and expect to publish - studies showing the effectiveness of the improved transition program.
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, part of Meridian CardioVascular Network, recently received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Each year in the United States, approximately 300,000 people have a STEMI, or ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, caused by a complete blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to immediately restore blood flow, either by surgically opening the blocked vessel or by giving clot-busting medication.
St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center: The New Jersey Hospital Association announced that St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center has achieved Mentor Status for its work in the Partnership for Patients – New Jersey initiative. Mentor status means that St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center received the highest score in one or more of the healthcare-acquired conditions being measured by Partnership for Patients – New Jersey.
St. Joseph’s Healthcare System has established, and proudly maintains, a high standard for the quality and safety of our patient-centered care,” said William A. McDonald, President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System. “Our commitment to healthcare service excellence is underscored by our successes - and leadership - in programs such as the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Partnership for Patients-NJ,” he added.
House caucus will promote state Medicaid expansions (ahanews.com) More than 25 members of the House of Representatives have formed the State Medicaid Expansion Caucus, Reps. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) and Hank Johnson (D-GA), co-chairs of the group, announced. They said caucus members “will highlight the need for recalcitrant states to expand Medicaid through floor speeches, op-eds, social media posts, discussions with their colleagues and constituents.” For more information, visit butterfield.house.gov.