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Hospitals

‘Superbug’ Fungus Emerges as New Menace in US Hospitals, Mostly NY and NJ

New York, NY, April 27, 2017 — The Associated Press reports that a “superbug” fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey.

First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries around the globe.  The oldest of the 66 cases reported in the U.S. dates back to 2013, but most were reported in the last year.

The fungus called Candida auris is a harmful form of yeast. Continue reading

NJ Health Care Quality Institute and Rutgers-Eagleton Explore Jerseyans’ Comfort with Alternatives to the Emergency Room

New Brunswick, NJ, February 23, 2017 — The New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), in partnership with the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, released a poll exploring where most New Jerseyans receive their health care, what their comfort levels are receiving care in a variety of settings, such as urgent care centers, private physician offices, and emergency departments, and under what circumstances they would seek care at alternate locations.

This poll, released on February 22, is the latest in the Health Matters series, a partnership between the two organizations that studies New Jerseyans’ attitudes on a variety of health-related issues. Continue reading

New Jersey Hospitals Contribute $22.7 Billion to State’s Economy

hospital-1Trenton, NJ, December 28, 2016 — Anjalee Khemlani reports on NJBIZ that New Jersey’s 71 acute care hospitals continue to be a growing economic force in the state, contributing $22.7 billion to the state’s economy — an increase from $21.6 billion the previous year, according to the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA)

Health care currently represents roughly 12 percent of the state’s jobs and is estimated to grow another 32 percent by 2024, according to the New Jersey Department of Labor.

NJHA released its 2016 Economic Impact Report Wednesday detailing the economic contributions, as well as the financial summaries of hospitals in the state divided by location and hospital type. Continue reading

NJHA’s Betsy Ryan to Step Down; First Woman CEO Led Organization Through ‘Transformative Time’ in Healthcare

Betsy Ryan

Betsy Ryan

Princeton, NJ, September 23, 2016 — New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) President and CEO Elizabeth “Betsy” Ryan, the first woman to lead the 98-year-old healthcare trade group, announced yesterday that she is stepping down after nine years at the Association’s helm.

Ryan’s resignation will be effective in July 2017.

“It has been a privilege to work with the healthcare provider community in New Jersey in taking good care of the people of our state,” said Ryan.

“My tenure has coincided with one of the most transformative times in healthcare history,” Ryan said.  “It’s not easy to step down from a meaningful, fulfilling job, but I do so knowing that I’ve accomplished what I wanted in my career at NJHA.  Change is good, and it’s the right time for me and my family.” Continue reading

Thursday! HINJ Partners to Host ‘NJ Healthcare Stakeholder Summit’ April 21 in Princeton

Healthcare Today 3New Brunswick, NJ, April 20, 2016 ― Join the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ), the Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ), the New Jersey Association of Health Plans (NJAHP) and the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) on Thursday, April 21 for their “New Jersey Healthcare Stakeholders Summit,” a collaborative discussion on the Affordable Care Act and the challenges and opportunities in today’s healthcare sector.

The summit will be held at the New Jersey Hospital Association Conference and Event Center at 760 Alexander Road in Princeton, NJ (directions) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The first-of-its-kind event will feature a keynote presentation by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Ubl. Continue reading

CDC Reports Superbugs Cause 1 in 7 Infections Caught in Hospitals

CDC LogoWashington, DC, March 7, 2016 ― America is doing a better job of preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), but more work is needed — especially in fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) latest Vital Signs report urges healthcare workers to use a combination of infection control recommendations to better protect patients from these infections.

“New data show that far too many patients are getting infected with dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria in healthcare settings,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Doctors and healthcare facilities have the power to protect patients – no one should get sick while trying to get well.” Continue reading

National Patient Safety Efforts Save 87,000 Lives and Nearly $20 Billion in Costs

Washington, DC, December 8, 2015 ― A report released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that thanks in part to provisions of the Affordable Care Act, an estimated 87,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and nearly $20 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014.

Preliminary estimates show that, in total, hospital patients experienced 2.1 million fewer hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2014, a 17 percent decline over that period. This aligns with HHS’ aim to encourage better care, smarter spending, and healthier people.

The announcement builds on results previously achieved and reported in December 2014, which showed 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and $12 billion in health care costs saved between 2010 and 2013. Continue reading

NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney Pushing for Paid Sick Leave Law, Taxing Hospitals

Trenton, NJ, September 1, 2015 ― Susan K. Livio reports in The Star-Ledger that State Senate President Stephen Sweeney says he remains committed to passing legislation that would require businesses to provide paid sick days and for nonprofit hospitals to pay property taxes.

But he doesn’t see either issue gaining momentum until after the Assembly elections in November. Continue reading

Insurer, New Jersey Medical Associations Seek Solution to Surprise Out-of-Network Medical Bills

Woodland Park, NJ, August 24, 2015 ― Lindy Washburn reports in The Record that New Jersey’s largest health insurance company and organizations representing doctors and hospitals have held private discussions over the summer about legislation to protect consumers from surprise medical bills.

They haven’t hammered out a compromise yet over the toughest issue — how to determine how much to pay a provider who isn’t part of an insurance network — but one participant expressed optimism. Continue reading

Report Shows Variation in Survival Rates for High-Risk Surgeries in U.S. Hospitals

Washington, DC, March 12, 2015 ― Nonprofit hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group today released its report, “Predicting Patient Survival of High-Risk Surgeries,” which shows that across U.S. hospitals, the survival rates for four high-risk procedures varies significantly and that most hospitals surveyed do not meet Leapfrog’s standard for each procedure.

The results, as analyzed by Castlight Health, demonstrate that the choice of hospital for these operations can mean the difference between life and death. Continue reading