Media Scan Week of October 17

October 21
New Jersey Spotlight - Lawmakers Get Serious About Legalizing Grass in the Garden State
New Jersey Spotlight - Democrats Can’t Wait to Restore Women’s Healthcare Funding Post-Christie

October 20
South Jersey -  - 
N.J. could legalize marijuana as early as 2018, Senate president says
Philly Voice - Bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide moves forward in New Jersey  - After a trip to Denver, a push to legalize pot Jersey-style

October 19
 - Advocates say new mental health funding plan would slash services
NJBIZ  - Hospitals pleased with partnership benefiting special needs students
NJBIZ - At Rutgers forum, health care stakeholders weigh pros and cons of tiered networks
South Jersey -  - Here's why N.J. emergency rooms are more crowded now than 5 years ago
New Jersey Spotlight - Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield Launches Integrated Mental-Physical Pilot
New Jersey Spotlight  - Why Medicare Part D Pays Too Much for Prescription Medicine

October 18
The Asbury Park Press (AP) 
 - Can this tiered health insurance save Obamacare?
Press of Atlantic City - New bill aims to curb addiction rates by limiting opioid prescriptions
Courier-Post - Hospital offers online doc visits

October 17
Money -  - Omnicare to shell out another $28M on kickback litigation
New Jersey Spotlight - Emergency Rooms Becoming ‘Dumping Ground’ for Psychiatric Patients
New Jersey Spotlight  - Explainer: Open Enrollment for State Insurance, Medicare, Obamacare
New Jersey 101.5 Radio  - City of Angels takes fight against NJ heroin epidemic to the White House
New Jersey Spotlight NJ Spotlight on Cities: Healthcare Panelists Call for Integrated Urban Care

October 16 - 
Huge deal with hospitals could put Rutgers in 'big 10' for medical research

October 14
Burlington County Times  - NJ lawmakers off to Colorado to learn about marijuana


Media Scan Week of September 17

September 17
Asbury Park press—Ken Serrano and Bob Jordan  In NJ, key opioid laws go through him—Geoff Mulvihill, Liz Essley Whyte and Ben Wieder  Opioid lobby thwarts reform efforts

September 19—Lilo H. Stainton  Population Health Summit Keeps NJ Residents and Communities Well—David O’Reilly  A 'Health Care Highway' sprouts in Cherry Hill—Dino Flammia State-run air trauma services still offline for South Jersey residents 
Press of Atlantic City—Nicole Leonard  N.J. hospitals work together to reduce sepsis deaths—Anjalee  Khemlani  More women taking over doctor's offices, survey finds—Jonathan D. Salant  N.J. advocate joins Obama push to fund opioid addiction treatment

September 20—Karin Price Mueller  Is out-of-network health care worth the cost?—Samantha Marcus  Christie unfreezes $33M in spending he tied to N.J. public worker health care cuts
WAMU 88.5 NPR News—Nancy Shuttle  Doctors Who Treat Opioid Addiction Often See Very Few Patients

September 21—Anjalee Khemlani  N.J. doctors more pessimistic about the future than those nationwide, surveys show—Sara Jerde  Christie OKs new oversight group for state's largest hospital

September 22—Lilo H. Stainton  Concerns Continue to Grow Over State’s Medicaid Payment Reform—Anjalee Khemlani  N.J. Hospital Association CEO Betsy Ryan is stepping down
Asbury Park Press—Michael L. Diamond  Docs feel Obamacare financial pinch

September 23
Asbury Park Press—Mary Jo Layton  New Jersey to receive $1.3M grant to target heroin, illegal prescription drugs—Lilo H. Stainton  No Remedy Yet to Cure ‘Surprise’ Out-of-Network Charges
Press of Atlantic City  Medicaid expansion has been great for N.J. and region, so far

Media Scan Week of September 5

September 2
NJTV News—Brianna Vannozzi  Obesity Rates Continue to Climb

September 6—Anjalee Khemlani  Horizon paid providers $59M in shared savings reimbursements in 2015
 Asbury Park Press—Amanda Oglesby  Is NJ prepared for Zika?

September 7—Lilo H. Stainton  Funding Will Help ACA ‘Navigators’ Reach More Uninsured—Susan K. Livio  Why doctors could soon drop patients who don't vaccinate their kids

September 8—Lilo H. Stainton  Unorthodox New Buyer Emerges For Beleaguered Meadowlands Hospital
NJ101.5 – Michael Symons (Dr. Carruth quoted) EpiPen scandal: NJ lawmakers say drug prices gouge and ‘rape’ consumers
NJTVOnline – Brenda Flanagan  Lawmakers Approve Bill to Help Pharmacists Dispense EpiPen Alternatives – Brent Johnson  N.J. lawmakers aim to combat soaring cost of EpiPens  Pharmacists testify at New Jersey State House about EpiPen price increase – Mary Jo Layton  N.J. lawmakers outraged at skyrocketing EpiPen prices, but admit there is little they can do

September 9—Lilo H. Stainton (Dr. Carruth quoted)  Anger Over EpiPen  ‘Price Gouging’ Sparks Calls For Wider Pharma Cost Inquiry – Lilo H. Stainton

Media Scan Week of September 1

September 1
Courier Post—Kim Mulford Sepsis mortality rates down in NJ
New Jersey Herald—Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar Top official says health law's insurance markets are viable—Jan Hefler  New medical-marijuana products OKd in N.J.

August 31—Anjalee Khemlani  N.J. pharmacy suing national benefits manager over patient access—Jonathan D. Salant  How much N.J. will get from the feds to fight opioid addiction—Harold Brubaker  New Jersey made incorrect incentive payments to hospitals—Anjalee Khemlani  Atlantic Health ACOs among N.J.'s savings leaders
NJ TV News—Erin Delmore  American Academy of Pediatrics: It’s ‘Acceptable’ for Doctors to Ditch Unvaccinated Patients

August 30
Politico New Jersey – Katie Jennings  Following political disaster, Horizon turns Trenton tide with major lobbying push—Shannon Muchmore  Influential healthcare leaders set principles for patient-centered care
National Geographic—Maryn McKenna  Newest Superbug Has Been in U.S. Longer Than Thought

August 29—Andrew  George  Update: Christie says Medicaid expansion decision under Obamacare was the right one
Press of Atlantic City—Nicole Leonard  How to keep your children healthy when they go back to school—Samantha Marcus  Christie sends $54M to towns after vote on public worker health care cuts 
New Jersey Herald—Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar  Last chance? Obama administration proposes health law fixes

August 26
Press of Atlantic City—Nicole Leonard  N.J. health agencies push birth control-like anti-HIV pill—Susan K. Livio  Coming soon: A brand new way to take medical marijuana in N.J.—Virgil Dickson  Doctors may skip new CMS primary-care payment initiative

August 27—Don E. Woods  Veterans home residents shouldn't pay for health care transportation, lawmaker says
Cape May County Herald—Press Release  Bills Would Address Obstacles to Healthcare for Veterans

Media Scan Week of July 24

July 29—Kathleen O’Brien With Zika now in Florida, here's what N.J. needs to know

July 28—Kathleen O’Brien N.J. hospitals' annual check up results: Not great—David Matthau Lyme disease: A bigger threat to NJ than Zika and West Nile virus combined?—Lilo H. Stainton Some NJ Hospitals Unhappy with how They Score in New Ranking System

July 27—Anjalee Khemlani Princeton HealthCare System appoints chairman of the department of medicine—Kathleen O’Brien What's in your supplements could be killing you, magazine finds—Patrick Campbell Inspira opens new urgent care facility in Washington Township
Medical Xpress The ER department fighting the US opioid crisis

July 26
The Daily Signal- Melissa Quinn 16 Obamacare Co-Ops Collapsed. Here’s How the Rest Are Faring. Lilo H. Stainton Assemblyman Promotes Single-Player Insurance for Some NJ Residents

July 25
Press of Atlantic City—Nicole Leonard Coalitions get grants to improve healthy living in A.C., elsewhere

July 24 Toniann Antonelli West Nile suspected in Monmouth County, spraying planned this week

Media Scan for the Week of July 11

July 11
Press of A.C.- Nicole Leonard South Jersey hospitals brace for more charity-care cuts – Susan Livio and Kathleen O’Brien Audit criticizes N.J. for lax oversight of Medicaid rides

July 12
NJ Spotlight - Lilo H. Stainton Feds Help NJ’s Zika Campaign, But Christie Vetoes $5M for Similar Effort 
Asbury Park Press-Lindy Washburn Two more hospitals drop out of fight against Omnia

July 13 Lilo H. Stainton Rowan Student Devises Nation’s First Free, Online Course on Osteopathy K. Livio  This Obamacare prediction did not come true, study says Associated Press New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person

July 14 Lilo H. Stainton Labor Seeks Stronger Workplace Violence Protections for Healthcare Jessica Mazzola N.J.'s new med school inks deal to move into former Roche plant
Asbury Park Press- Michael L. Diamond  NJ groups get $2M to make people healthier

July 15 Lilo H. Stainton Student Learn Hotspotting to Help Patients While Reducing Costs Annette Petriccione NJ confirms first human West Nile virus case of 2016


Media Scan for the Week of July 2

July 8 | Lilo H. Stainton  Outbreak in the Past, Rutgers still on Alert for Meningitis

July 7 | Lilo H. Stainton  NJ’s Investigators Stay Ahead of Multi-Million Dollar Health Insurance Scams

July 6 | Susan K. Livio  Prescription drug demand falls in states with medical marijuana, study says | Anne Hoffman  N.J. health care providers strive to improve         treatment of LGBTQ patients | Matthau  New Jersey now has 49 confirmed cases of Zika

July 5 | Susan K. Livio  Got an illness that marijuana could help? N.J. wants to know | Anjalee Khemlani  Christie's executive order freezes health care funding, could spur litigation | Lilo H. Stainton  Explainer: Who is Helped by New Jersey’s Charity Care Program? | Lilo H. Stainton  Needle-Exchange Expansion in Limbo After Christie Veto

July 3 | Trentonian- Michael Catalini (Associated Press) Winners and losers in New Jersey’s $34.5B 2017 budget

July 2 | Samantha Marcus Christie freezes $100M in spending to force N.J. public worker health care cuts

Media Scan for the week of June 24

June 24 | Carly Sitrin Another Win in Court for Horizon in Omnia Insurance Battle

June 22 | – Sue Livio  11 things to know about Horizon’s nasty OMNIA battle | NJHerald- Rebecca Boone  New for-profit medical schools springing up across US

June 21 | Susan K. Livio  Latest N.J. hospital mega-merger unites Hackensack, Meridian | NJBIZ-Anjalee Khemlani After robust debate, out-of-network bill gets OK from Assembly committee  |, Katie Jennings  Supporters say ‘out-of-network' bill could save state around $40M

June 20 | Susan K. Livio  N.J. lawmakers clamp down on 'surprise' medical bills

June 17 | Esha Ray  Fentanyl Use A Growing Problem In New Jersey | Tom Davis  Zika Cases Rise Sharply In New Jersey, State Says

ACIP votes down use of LAIV for 2016-2017 flu season

CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the “nasal spray” flu vaccine, should not be used during the  2016-2017 flu season. ACIP continues to recommend annual flu vaccination, with either the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) or recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV), for everyone 6 months and older.ACIP is a panel of immunization experts that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This ACIP vote is based on data showing poor or relatively lower effectiveness of LAIV from 2013 through 2016. Click here for more information.

Rutgers University - New Brunswick Meningococccal Disease Outbreak 

Two undergraduate students at Rutgers University–New Brunswick were diagnosed with invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis, serogroup B in March and April of 2016. Both students had meningitis, and one had bacteremia. Consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has developed an outbreak response plan.  NJDOH has released information for healthcare providers.

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