Thirty two hospitals each reported above $10 million in documented charity care in CY 2013. These 32 hospitals accounted for 79 percent of all DCC statewide. Forty hospitals or 56 percent of hospitals reported a decrease in DCC.
At the county level Morris and Mercer/Hunterdon Counties as the highest decrease in DCC of $3.7 million and $3.2 million respectively, and Bergen and Middlesex/Somerset counties experienced the largest increase in DCC between CY 2012 of $19.1 million and $5.5 million respectively.
Ways and Means releases discussion draft on hospital-related priorities (ahanews.com) House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) last night released a discussion draft outlining committee members’ hospital-related legislative priorities.
Pallone wins House Energy and Commerce Committee post (mycentraljersy.com) U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone won a long, hotly contested battle Wednesday to become top-ranking Democrat on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee in the next Congress.
Coalition hopes to increase health care transparency through legislation (njbiz.com) As the New Jersey Legislature considers regulating “out-of-network” health care — the high, surprise medical bills that can result when patients get care from doctors and hospital who aren't in their insurance plan network — several health care stakeholders Tuesday announced a new coalition to advocate for legislation giving consumers more information to navigate the health care marketplace.
HackensackUMC Named a Top 10 Hospital to Work For by Healthcare Global (hackensackumc.org) Hackensack University Medical Center has been named one of the Top 10: Best Hospitals to Work For in the Northeast by Healthcare Global. Ranked seventh, HackensackUMC is the only New Jersey hospital on the list.
Morristown Medical Center Launches HealtheConnect to Empower Patients for Optimal Health Management (atlantichealth.org) Morristown Medical Center today launched “HealtheConnect,” a complimentary service to empower patients and visitors to use technology in their quest for optimal health. Conveniently located off the hospital lobby, the HealtheConnect store offers support from a full-time specialist who can assist in utilizing health-specific mobile applications and technology.
St. Joseph's Healthcare System names CFO (njbiz.com) St. Joseph's Healthcare System, the multihospital academic health care organization, announced Wednesday that it has appointed David F. Alexander as chief financial officer. Alexander will succeed Jack Robinson, the current CFO, who will retire by the end of 2014.
$148M could be saved if mental health gets better attention (njspotlight.com) New Jersey taxpayers could save hundreds of millions of dollars a year and thousands of patients could have improved health and better quality of life if clinicians coordinated physical and mental health care, a new Rutgers University study says.
Former HHS Official Calls For ‘Smarter’ Networks That Deliver Cost-Effective Care (kaiserhealthnews.com) Many consumers who signed up for health coverage through online insurance exchanges discovered their doctors were not in their plans’ networks. While narrow networks aren’t new, they have emerged as one of insurers’ major levers for keeping costs down under the Affordable Care Act. Consumers have been attracted by lower premiums, but are often distressed at the restrictions.
House GOP sues White House over health care law (usatoday.com) House Republicans filed suit against the Obama administration Friday, making good on a promise by House Speaker John Boehner to challenge President Obama's use of executive authority to implement the Affordable Care Act.