With just weeks remaining in 2018, New York-Presbyterian is struggling to reach an agreement to remain in Empire BlueCross BlueShield's network. If the two sides can't agree before Jan. 1, New York-Presbyterian estimates that about 300,000 patients could face higher charges next year. New York-Presbyterian is informing patients about the status of negotiations through a letter and a new website, staywithnyp.org. The website states that "Empire/Anthem has demanded deep cuts that would slash more than $200 million in payments to New York-Presbyterian, all while the insurance giant generates billions in profits." "It has been, to us, what appears to be negotiating to terminate," said Dr. Laura Forese, NYP's executive vice president and chief operating officer. "That's not where New York-Presbyterian wants to be, and our patients are caught in the middle of that." The two sides have been working together through a four-year amendment to their contract, which was agreed to in 2014. It … [Read more...] about New York-Presbyterian and Empire BCBS negotiating deal that could affect 300,000
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Dr. Eric Schnakenberg, a physician at Community Care Family Medicine in Clifton Park, and his colleague, Julia Gross, a nurse practitioner stand in their facility on Thursday, June 8, 2018 in Clifton Park, N.Y. They are among a small but growing number of practitioners in New York who have found success weaning patients off of opioids and onto medical marijuana for their chronic pain. (Lori Van Buren/Times Union) less Dr. Eric Schnakenberg, a physician at Community Care Family Medicine in Clifton Park, and his colleague, Julia Gross, a nurse practitioner stand in their facility on Thursday, June 8, 2018 in Clifton Park, N.Y. ... more Photo: Lori Van Buren Buy photo A sign is seen at the office of Dr. Eric Schnakenberg, a physician at Community Care Family Medicine in Clifton Park, and his colleague, Julia Gross, a nurse practitioner on Thursday, June 8, 2018 in Clifton Park, N.Y. They are among a small but growing number … [Read more...] about Is there evidence to support New York’s marijuana-opioid law?
Lindy Washburn and William Westhoven North Jersey Record Published 10:43 p.m. UTC Aug 24, 2018 When the only hospital for mentally-ill patients in New Jersey's criminal justice system faced a possible shutdown earlier this year because patients spent too much time locked in their rooms, concerns about the underfunded, under-staffed state psychiatric hospitals quickly became a priority for Gov. Phil Murphy. “We really can’t survive without that hospital,” Shereef Elnahal, the state Health Commissioner said of the Ann Klein Forensic Center in West Trenton. Elnahal learned about the threatened loss of accreditation for the hospital on his first day on the job. Problems at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Parsippany, another of the four hospitals in the state system, were already severe: Staff members feared that patients would assault them and … [Read more...] about Report paints bleak picture of conditions at NJ’s psychiatric hospitals
Staffing was so low at Ann Klein Forensic Center, New Jersey's psychiatric facility for patients with criminal histories, patients were routinely and unnecessarily locked inside their rooms overnight and for hours during shift changes. On his first day on the job in January, State Health Department Commissioner Shereef Elnahal told NJ Advance Media the Mercer County facility was on the verge of losing its national accreditation from The Joint Commission -- the independent stamp of approval verifying a hospital is safe and functioning properly -- if the "lock-ins" didn't stop and other safety risks were not fixed. On Friday, Elnahal explained how the department averted the crisis at Ann Klein, and detailed a multi-million-dollar 18-month turnaround plan all four publicly funded psychiatric facilities serving 1,453 patients. The changes include: Hiring 220 new employees, including about 90 at Ann Klein to end the reliance on lockdowns, and 37 at Greystone Appointing … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Big changes coming to N.J.’s neglected public psychiatric hospitals
Carrier Clinic, a renowned, century-old psychiatric facility in Somerset County, will merge with Hackensack Meridian Health, the largest hospital chain and healthcare provider in New Jersey, in a partnership that will produce a new addiction treatment facility next year, hospital officials announced Wednesday. Hackensack Meridian Health CEO Robert Garrett said even more investments are to come that would require more deliberation before the two entities decide how much money would be spent and which services would be expanded. "We are writing a new chapter for the treatment of behavioral health and substance abuse disorders as we integrate Carrier's proven services into our network's robust behavioral health care,'' Garrett said. "We must continue to truly integrate behavioral health into health care and expand treatment options as our state battles an opioid epidemic that has claimed too many lives and devastated so many families.'' An NJ Advance Media analysis of state data … [Read more...] about Renowned psychiatric hospital acquired by N.J.’s largest hospital chain