Mr. Kaufman’s provided an in-depth presentation focusing on the environmental challenges associated with the continued ACA implementation and upcoming elections, CHA’s strategic efforts towards CHIP reauthorization, advancing solutions for children’s healthcare through the development of legislation entitled “Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2014 (ACE Kids)”. The ACE Kids Act of 2014 is targeted at advancing models of care for children through pediatric focused care management services. Mr. Kaufman reiterated that during these fiscally challenging times, Medicaid funding will remain a target for future budget cuts and we need to remain proactive in redesigning and strengthen the system that provides health care for children.
Additional agenda items included CCH updates on items that included: GME loan redemption, BME minimum data set efforts, resident training permit glitch, new offerings available on NewdoctorsNJ.com, and the problematic rising issue of handling pediatric patients that present to our hospitals on a protocol of medical marijuana and how this issue is being addressed both nationally and locally in New Jersey.
The next meeting for the CCH Leadership Committee is scheduled to take place on December 4th.
Updated: Three N.J. health care organizations earn millions of dollars in bonuses for saving Medicare money (njbiz.com) (Editor's note: This report was updated at 3 p.m. with additional comments from Dr. David Shulkin.) Three New Jersey health care consortiums are among 64 nationwide that have generated savings for Medicare, and they will receive millions of dollars in shared savings from the program.
Clowning around: Two new caring clowns join ranks at Cooper Hospital (nj.com) There was a whole lot of pomp and circumstance at Cooper University Hospital in Camden today. And it was all played on kazoos, of course. After all, this wasn't your typical graduation. So send in the clowns? Yes. Clowns.
Partners in health, Palisades Medical Center joins Hackensack University Health Network (hudsonreporter.com) “We’re going to become part of the premiere health care system in the state of New Jersey and one of the finest and most recognized in the country,” said Bruce J. Markowitz, president and CEO of Palisades Medical Center. “We are going to gain access to specialty and subspecialty services that we would not otherwise be able to gain access to.”
SaxBST Members Get ‘Crafty’ at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (hospitalnewspaper.com) Members of SaxBST, Clifton, New Jersey location - recently visited St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital (SJCH) at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey.
Leadership Change at HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley; Mark Sparta Named Acting CEO (Paramuspost.com) Hackensack University Health Network has announced today that Chad Melton, CEO of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley in Westwood, NJ, is leaving his position at the hospital to return to the Plano, Texas home office of LHP Hospital Group, Inc. (LHP). Mark Sparta has been named acting chief executive officer of HackensackUMC at Pascack Valley, effective November 2014.
Tips for the 2015 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (pressofatlanticcity.com) If you’re 65 or older, you probably know that the Medicare Annual Enrollment Period runs October 15 through December 7. Generally, this is the only time you can make changes to your coverage. According to Herb Fritch, president of Cigna-HealthSpring, a leading health service company and Medicare insurance provider, here are some things to consider.
Obama Orders Plan Against Antibiotic Resistance (wsj.com) The White House unveiled new measures on Thursday to try to preserve the effectiveness of infection-fighting drugs as strains of bacteria become increasingly resistant to the existing arsenal of antibiotics. he moves signal a growing concern over drug-resistant infections, which are linked to two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some infections are almost entirely untreatable because the appropriate antibiotics have been rendered powerless.
Community Clinics Say Delayed Payments Threaten Their Survival (njspotlight.com) Federally qualified health centers win support of legislators in long-running dispute with state over how Medicaid payments are calculated Community health center officials say their ability to function is being threatened by delays in resolving a long-running dispute with the state over how the centers should be paid.
New Jersey EMS Task Force Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Exhibition of Emergency Equipment and Response Capabilities (wn.com) The New Jersey EMS Task Force, a statewide organization created in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will mark its 10th anniversary with a major exhibit of statewide equipment and response capabilities on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at the NJ Convention & Exhibition Center, Edison.
Doctor becomes inventor: iPhone app aims to reduce risk of prescription errors (njbiz.com) Dr. Larry Wolk of Voorhees has developed a smartphone app designed to eliminate the risk of medication errors when a doctor phones in a prescription to a hospital. The new app, called “eAttending,” does away altogether with verbal medication orders that doctors give nurses via the telephone.
ER Waiting Times Vary Significantly, Studies Find (philly.com) When it comes to emergency room waiting times, patients seeking care at larger urban hospitals are likely to spend more time staring down the clock than those seen at smaller or more rural facilities, new research suggests.