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Hunterdon Medical Center doc discovers new pathogen

Dr. Joseph Gugliotta, Hunterdon Medical Center infectious disease specialist, worked with Imungen Inc. in Norwood, Mass., to identify why Anna Felix had lost weight, and became increasingly confused and withdrawn. Felix, a non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, was exhibiting some symptoms of Lyme disease, but was testing negative for the common infection.Gugliotta said when he first met ...

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Optimus launches new ACO with Aetna

Under the new commercial ACO agreement, 160 primary care physicians and 370 pediatricians and specialists throughout nine New Jersey counties will collaborate “on the triple aims of improving patient satisfaction, improving patient outcomes and doing this in a cost-efficient manner” for Aetna members, Optimus President and CEO Dr. Thomas Kloos said in the announcement.To accomplish ...

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AtlantiCare rejoins Aetna after 20-year hiatus

Michael S. Costa, vice president of network operations for Aetna’s New Jersey market, said the relationship provides the insurer’s 370,000 members in South Jersey with direct access to AtlantiCare’s two hospitals in Atlantic City and Pomona and 70 medical facilities, while Aetna looks to attract employers and potential members in the region to its insurance ...

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N.J. hospitals adapt to surge of flu patients

Hackensack University Medical Center has been averaging about 120 flu patients every day for a few weeks.“Any time you are over 100, that’s at capacity,” said Bob Garrett, president and CEO of Hackensack University Health Network. “People are very sick with this flu.”Garrett said Hackensack has set up a discharge lounge for patients who are ...

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Barnabas gets 20 million in tax refund after court decision

Through a lawsuit filed in 2009 on behalf of the system’s teaching hospitals by Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C., Barnabas has recovered more than $20 million in Federal Insurance Contributions Act taxes paid between 1995 and 2005 on medial residents’ stipends. Mark McMenamy, partner with Bressler, Amery & Ross, said the Barnabas system followed the ...

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CMS approves six new N.J. Medicare ACOs

Accountable care organizations are groups of providers working together to streamline care coordination for populations of patients while making care better and more affordable. The Medicare demonstration ACOs allow hospitals, physicians and other providers to share savings accrued by working together.Dr. Adam Jarrett, chief medical officer at Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, is now ...

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TCNJ dean keeps eye on Herbalife kerfuffle

Bill Keep has been researching and participating in prosecutions of pyramid scheme businesses since the 1990s, when he was faculty at the University of Kentucky. Keep and Peter Vander Nat, an economist at the Federal Trade Commission, are the authors of the only academic paper published about mathematically identifying pyramid schemes.The paper was referenced in ...

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Meridian creates institute to foster collaboration

“We’ve taken the interdisciplinary approach already, and we have about 80 percent of our staff in collaboration, but with the advent of health care reform, all of sudden we have to do more than just be comprehensive,” Meridian President John K. Lloyd said. “We’re really going to another level with this institute, because now we’re ...

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Summit Medical Group joins Horizon network

“Horizon is committed to working with health care leaders like Summit Medical Group to transform the delivery of health care to enhance the patient experience, improve clinical outcomes, and reduce unnecessary health costs for our members,” said Jim Albano, vice president of network management for Horizon Healthcare Innovations. “We welcome Summit Medical Group to our ...

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N.J. awards 1M to South Jersey hospitals group to build digital network

Richard Wheatley, chief information officer of Cape Regional Medical Center — which formed the nonprofit NJSHINE organization with South Jersey Healthcare and Shore Medical Center — said the group’s efforts to supply hospitals, physicians, nursing homes and other providers in South Jersey with immediate access to patient data will reduce the need for unnecessary tests, ...

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