Lourdes partners with outpatient surgery center to expand its reach
The system says the joint venture is “where the business is now” as more patients seek care at outpatient facilities, as opposed to hospitals.
QualCare spinoff looks to capitalize on ACO experience
The state’s largest provider-sponsored health management organization is using its experience forming accountable-care organizations to launch a spinoff business.
Medicare spending cuts will imperil N.J. health care employment, industry warns
Hospital association says 22,000 jobs could be lost in the next decade as a result of a budget-balancing move.
Legislators debate implementation of state health insurance exchange
Panel discussions focus on challenges lying in wait as New Jersey again takes up idea of creating an exchange.
Hospitals revisit energy-efficiency opportunities
Utility companies and energy industry experts are working with hospitals to find out if solar energy fits the bill as hospitals search for the best ways to reduce spending.
Observers hope Merck’s embracement of health reform effort leads to wider adoption
Patient-centered medical homes are one model hoped to increase quality of care while reducing costs.
Barnabas Health looking to add cardiac surgery to Community Medical
Established South Jersey hospitals hoping to crowd out Barnabas, though the company says a cardiac program would cut transfer times for patients and save lives.
Allergan opens new Bridgewater RD center
The company is preparing for a major recruitment effort that will hire hundreds of professionals for research and development jobs.
Atlantic Health hopes proton therapy figures big in future of cancer care
The hospital system is investing in next-generation therapy that aims to have more effective patient outcomes. Currently, only 10 such centers exist in the United States.
Study reveals ACOs being built around primary care, not payers
A study recently released by the Commonwealth Fund shows that early implementation of accountable-care organizations around the country is being governed mostly by physicians and hospitals, not payers.
Virtua moving forward on digital medical records
Wide adoption of electronic patient records is helping hospital system position itself as a candidate for incentive funding as health reform deadlines near.
Federal health officials finalize health plan ID system
The new coding guidelines are designed to save $6 billion over the next 10 years by standardizing billing formats.