Healthcare Quality Matters Top Hospitals for 2015 (healthgrades.com) Healthgrades America’s Best Hospitals™ is based solely on clinical quality outcomes and it rewards excellence over a multi-year time period. This premier distinction provides a measure of confidence for consumers. America's 100 Best Hospitals™ are in the top 2% of hospitals in the nation for exhibiting clinical excellence for at least three consecutive years.
Updated: Hospitals' charity care funds are cut in latest Christie budget (njbiz.com) The charity care funds that hospitals use to defray the cost of caring for indigent and uninsured patients are being reduced by $148 million, to $502 million, in Gov. Chris Christie's fiscal 2016 budget. However, the administration said it expects New Jersey's successful Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act to ease the demand for hospitals to provide uncompensated care.
Study: Hospital outpatient departments treat sicker patients (ahanews.org) Hospital outpatient departments treat sicker and poorer patients in need of more extensive care and resources than do physician offices, says a study released today and prepared for the AHA. The study by Rockville, MD-based KNG Health Consulting LLC said patients treated in HOPDs are about two-and-a-half times more likely to be uninsured or covered by Medicaid than are patients treated in a physician’s office.
New Jersey healthcare institutions’ stellar qualities are increasingly recognized via awards (njmagazine.com) New Jersey is rapidly becoming known for its exceptional healthcare systems, so it’s no surprise that the Garden State is home to numerous award-winning hospitals. With distinctions ranging from Magnet Recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center to the coveted “Top Hospital” award from The Leapfrog Group, the state’s hospitals continue to strive for excellence in an array of areas, from innovation and technology to patient care and safety.
Aetna, Barnabas reach deal, averting health care coverage disruption (njbiz.com) The health insurer Aetna and Barnabas Health, New Jersey's largest health care provider, announced Thursday they have reached a new, two-year contract, effective March 1, thus averting any disruption for Aetna members who use the Barnabas system.
Camden Students Make “Heart Hug” Pillows for Hospitalized Children at Cooper (cooperhealth.org) On Thursday, February 26, 2015, representatives of the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper visited St. Anthony of Padua School in Camden to accept a gift of 65 handmade “Heart Hug” pillows to be given to hospitalized children. The “Heart Hug” pillow project was initiated by Linda Burns, an art teacher at St. Anthony of Padua School, as a way for students and their families to engage in community service
AAMC Announces Five-Year Road Map to Strengthen the Nation’s Graduate Medical Education System (aamc.org) The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) today announced a comprehensive and sustained effort to strengthen graduate medical education (GME). The five-year road map for “optimizing GME” focuses on three strategic areas: investing in future physicians; optimizing the environment for learning care, and discovery; and preparing physicians and physician scientists for the evolving demands of 21st-century health care.
PM Pediatrics Joins the Horizon NJ Health Network, Increasing Access to Its Specialized Pediatric Urgent Care Throughout New Jersey (prnewswire.com) PM Pediatrics, one of the nation's largest providers of specialized pediatric urgent care, serving patients from cradle through college, is now a participating provider of Horizon NJ Health, New Jersey's largest Medicaid/NJ FamilyCare managed health care organization. PM Pediatrics has four locations throughout the state, in Holmdel, Livingston, North Brunswick and Springfield, with a fifth slated to open on March 23 in Paramus.
Attention, Shoppers: Prices for 70 Health Care Procedures Now Online! (kaiserhealthnews.org) Buying health care in America is like shopping blindfolded at Macy’s and getting the bill months after you leave the store, economist Uwe Reinhardt likes to say. A tool that went online Wednesday is supposed to give patients a small peek at the products and prices before they open their wallets.
Internists Get A Break From Controversial Efforts To Bolster Performance (kaiserhealthnews.com) When choosing a doctor, patients have long relied on the idea of board certification. It’s a stamp of approval meant to assure them their provider knows current medical practices. But a rebellion among doctors over recertification requirements has put that stamp in flux, potentially complicating what patients can expect to know about their doctors.