Open enrollment for the ACA Marketplace begins November 1 and runs through December 15.  New Jersey residents will have three carriers to choose from:  Horizon BCBSNJ, AmeriHealth, and Oscar. The 2018 rates should come out any day now and will be higher than they otherwise would have been if Congress or the Administration had authorized […]

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I recently visited my new physician, Dr. Randi Protter, at R-Health, which provides a new model of care — called Direct Primary Care — that could improve patient outcomes while also reducing costs. The state, seeking ways to reduce costs, began this model for people covered by the State Health Benefits Program (state and local government employees, […]

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I tuned in to watch the recent senate hearings on the actions Congress should take to stabilize the individual insurance market — and I saw something as rare as the solar eclipse: a thoughtful, bipartisan discussion on health care that focused on solutions, not polemics. Governors and Insurance Commissioners from blue states and red states talked […]

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The next time you’re sitting in the waiting room of your doctor’s office, put down the People magazine and pick up your phone. Then download the Choosing Wisely app. Look up the reason for your visit and you’ll get clear, easy-to-understand information to guide your conversation with the doctor. Choosing Wisely is an initiative by […]

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As I travel home from the nation’s capital on my delayed Amtrak train, I’m reminded that summer 2017 has been labeled the “summer of hell” for commuters in the Northeast Corridor. Much-needed fixes to our transportation infrastructure are causing agonizing delays, but the long-term repercussions of doing nothing will be far worse. That sounds close […]

Published in Staff / Guest Blog , Health care policy issues

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Do you know anyone who wants to die in a hospital ICU, perhaps intubated and on dialysis, surrounded by strangers? I don’t. Most New Jerseyans want to die at home surrounded by the people they love. They want comfort and compassion. They don’t want interventions that have little value to patients with advanced illness. Yet […]

Published in Staff / Guest Blog , Conversation of a Lifetime

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At the Quality Institute, transparency is critical to our mission to promote quality and safety. We know that giving consumers easy-to-understand data drives better decision-making and therefore better care. Private, national accrediting companies — such as The Joint Commission — assess the safety of health care facilities. But their reports are kept from the public. A private […]

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