U.S. News & World Report ranks hospitals on care quality for three procedures, two conditions (fiercehealthcare.com) Amid an already crowded--and sometimes controversial--field of hospital rankings, U.S. News & World Report has added a new form of evaluation that rates hospitals based on how well they handle five common medical conditions and procedures. HackensackUMC and Morristown among the top performers.
Polaris Health Directions Partners with MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper on Breast Cancer Pilot Project Using the Apple Watch (cooperhealth.org) Behavioral health technology company Polaris Health Directions (Polaris) and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper (MD Anderson Cooper) have signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on an integrated medical- behavioral health pilot project, using the Apple Watch to capture behavioral data that could affect the courses and outcomes of treatment for breast cancer patients.
HackensackUMC Celebrates Memorial Day With Monument Dedication (bergendispatch.com) In remembrance of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country, Hackensack University Medical Center unveiled today a Flags Monument in honor of Memorial Day. The ceremony was conducted in military fashion by uniformed members of the HackensackUMC family.
Meridian partnership bolsters its ongoing high-tech health care device pipeline (njbiz.com) Meridian Health, one of New Jersey's largest health care systems, develops digital devices to improve patient care and is seeing positive results for patients using them to keep track of their medications or to monitor their chronic ailments.
St. Joseph's Healthcare System Wins National Advertising Awards (paramuspost.com) St. Joseph’s Healthcare System’s Marketing and Public Relations Department received both a silver and bronze award in the 2015 Aster Awards competition for marketing materials created in-house. This elite program, one of the largest national competitions of its kind, recognizes outstanding healthcare professionals for excellence in their advertising/marketing efforts for the calendar year 2014.
Thousands of patients of 3 Bergen County hospitals notified personal info stolen in data breach (northjersey.com) Thousands of patients at three Bergen County hospitals have been alerted that their personal information was stolen by a billing clerk in a data breach that is being investigated by federal authorities.
CMS finalizes rule on accrediting organizations (ahanews.org) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today issued a final rule on oversight of CMS-approved accreditation programs. The final rule amends the regulations for how national Accrediting Organizations apply for and maintain accreditation programs through which health care providers may be deemed to meet Medicare requirements.
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Federal Research Bill Holds Promise for ‘Personalized Medicine’ in New Jersey (njspotlight.com) 21st Century Cures Act attracts bipartisan NJ sponsors Pallone and Lance, draws praise from researchers and industry. As the director of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Dr. Robert S. DiPaola has keenly followed the progress of a federal bill intended to spark new medical research.
RMG receives national recognition as provider of patient-centered care (njbiz.com) Reliance Medical Group, whose 30 physician practices are located in six counties in southern and central New Jersey, announced that it has received national recognition as a provider of patient-centered care from the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
CVS buys Omnicare for $12.7B to expand senior care business (usatoday.com) CVS Health (CVS) said Thursday that it has agreed to buy pharmacy services provider Omnicare (OCR) for about $12.7 billion, a move to expand its presence in the senior care market. CVS will pay $98 per share in cash and assume $2.3 billion of Omnicare's debt.