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
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
By Anne Kadet May 22, 2018 10:00 a.m. ET 0 COMMENTS When Melinda Allen-Grote’s plan to spend her birthday at the New York Botanical Garden got rained out on a recent afternoon, she and her two friends googled “Bronx museum” and wound up at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, which they had never heard of. They were even more surprised to discover admission is free. “We were going to pay,” said her pal Barbara Loizeaux. Having toured the small museum’s exhibits of local artists, the trio declared it was well worth paying for. “$5 to $7,” suggested Linda McLeod. “$25,” countered Ms. Allen-Grote. “$15,” said Ms. Loizeaux. “So why is it free?” While many New York City museums offer free admission to residents, or waive the fee at certain times, there are roughly a dozen that offer the best kind of open-door policy—free admission to everyone, all the time. The reason is obvious: It makes the … [Read more...] about Free For All at Some New York City Museums Pays Off