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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, October 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Paul Rothenberg, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery Kunal Brahmbhatt, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Cardiology Swapna Katikaneni, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Hospital Medicine Chidinma Ezeonu, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/Hospital

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Home Care and Hospice Make Leap to Epic on November 1

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s (HMH) home care and hospice entities will be transitioning to EPIC as their EMR system on November 1. It will now be easier than ever to refer patients to home care and

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HMH Launches HMH Week on October 26

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What you need to know Beginning Monday, October 26, HMH will be hosting events each night up to October 31 to celebrate and recognize our entire HMH Family HMHWeek was designed as a completely virtual event to allow team members,

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The Prescription for Patient Experience (Rx for PX)Tip for October: Developing a Culture of Collaboration and Communication

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Rx for PX Tip for October is Developing a Culture of Collaboration and Communication Looking for ways to improve the overall experience you and your patient are engaging in? One model that supports this is increased collaboration and rounding conducted

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New Release Times for Lab and Test Results

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What you need to know Beginning Nov. 1, 2020, patients can access most of their lab and test results via MyChart 24 hours after they are finalized, including holidays and weekends. Sensitive results, such as certain radiology, oncology and pathology

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HMH’s Flu Vaccination Program Now Available

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Beginning Monday, October 5, HMH has been offering flu vaccinations at our hospital site locations. As a reminder, the flu vaccine is a mandatory condition of employment at HMH, so be sure you are in compliance before the deadline of

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James K. McCloskey II, M.D., Named Division Chief of the Division of Leukemia at JTCC

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What you need to know James K. McCloskey II, M.D., was named division chief of the division of Leukemia at John Theurer Cancer Center. Dr. McCloskey previously served as the interim chief for the Division of Leukemia and will continue

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HMH Expands Agreement with WellCare

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) has reached an agreement with WellCare, the largest Medicaid managed care organization in the country. This expanded agreement will allow WellCare of New Jersey Medicaid members to access to HMH’s network

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Gynecologic Oncologists at JTCC Become Leaders in Robotic Gynecologic Surgery

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What you need to know Gynecologic oncologists at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center are leaders in the use of an innovative technique called “Firefly Fluorescence Imaging,” which enables them to select which lymph nodes need to

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Calling All Doctors, Nurses, Clinicians: Learn Safe Opioid Prescribing in New Innovative Way

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What you need to know A major new project is looking to engage 1,000 doctors, nurses, residents, pharmacists, case managers and others involved in the care of patients on opioids from across Hackensack Meridian Health. Participants will learn safe opioid

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MAT Waiver Training for HMH Providers

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Cooper Health Care and Rowan University are offering medication assisted treatment (MAT) training for all Hackensack Meridian Health providers. The training session is being held virtually on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Training includes 9.5

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HMH is Going Google

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What you need to know Going Google allows HMH to take advantage of cloud-based technology and tools which will allow us to achieve the four pillars of this project: Collaboration: Easier real-time collaboration through shared documents and communication features Consistency:

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Dean Bonita Stanton, M.D., Named to ROI-NJ Influencers: Higher Education List

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Bonita Stanton,M.D., the founding dean of the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, has been named to ROI-NJ’s Influencers: Higher Education list. Dr. Stanton, is the first leader of the school starting in 2016 and is cited for helming the private

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HMH Enrolling Individuals in COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial

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What you need to know HMH is now enrolling individuals in a COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial. The national COVE Trial aims to study the mRNA-1273 vaccine, co-developed by Moderna and the NIH, in 30,000 individuals. HMH is expected to enroll

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John Theurer Cancer Center Recognized as Best Cancer Center in New Jersey

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What you need to know U.S. News & World Report has recognized John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center as the best cancer center in New Jersey. A number of metrics support JTCC’s track record: One of

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JTCC Investigators Participated in ZUMA-2 Study Leading to FDA Approval of First CAR T-Cell Therapy for Recurrent/Persistent Mantle Cell Lymphoma

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What you need to know The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval for brexucabtagene autoleucel (TECARTUS™, formerly KTE-X19) as the first and only CAR T-cell therapy for patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) relapsed or refractory to prior

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: North Region, July 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Sagar Parikh, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Craig Van Dien, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Christian McDonough, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Basel Baghal, D.O. – Provisional

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Hackensack Meridian CDI Collaborates with Merk for COVID-19 Research

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) is collaborating with Merck to investigate drugs for treating COVID-19. The CDI will work with Merck to identify candidate treatments for the still-spreading pandemic. This collaboration effort

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HMH’s Children Hospitals Earn Top 50 Rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020-21 Best Children’s Hospitals Report

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Children’s Health is again ranked a top provider of pediatric health care in the United States.  Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey

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HMH’s Observational Study Demonstrates Lack of Efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine Among Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients But Finds First Treatment (tocilizumab) to Improve Survival

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has utilized its large observational database of more than 3,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients to show that the touted malaria treatment, hydroxychloroquine, does not improve survival for hospitalized patients. Another drug, tocilizumab, appears

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HMH Administers Treatment to 1,000th Patient in COVID-19 Clinical Trials

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has treated 1,000 patients in it’s COVID-19 clinical trials. From antiviral drugs to immunotherapies, to the potential treatment properties of antibodies in the blood of COVID-19 survivors, the patients have been treated

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New Epic Service Desk Coming May 13

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Beginning Wednesday, May 13, Hackensack Meridian Health’s IT Field Services and Help Desk will have some changes. One of the key changes coming May 13 is the implementation of a  new 24/7 Epic Service Desk staffed with qualified Epic specialists

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Five HMH Hospitals Receive “A” Grades from the Leapfrog Group

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What you need to know Four of our hospitals have earned an “A” from the Leapfrog Group as part of the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The following Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals have received spring 2020 “A” grades: Jersey

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Epic Downtime: April 30

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What you need to know Due to IT Security maintenance, Epic will have a 1 – hour downtime on Thursday, April 30 from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. During this downtime, the system is in a “Read Only” state which

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COVID-19: Updates from the Command Center

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Get regular updates on HMH COVID-19 response, policies and protocols DO NOT UPDATE THIS PAGE. UPDATE CONTENT AT: https://hmhmaestro.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=15247&action=edit As of 12:00 p.m. on March 19, New Jersey is reporting 742 presumptive positive COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) cases and nine deaths

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Happy Doctors’ Day

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On this Doctors’ Day, I have never been more in awe of your commitment, dedication and skill. You are not just the backbone of Hackensack Meridian Health, you are our heroes. You are my heroes. This pandemic has brought fear

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Visitors Restricted at all HMH Hospitals

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What you need to know Effective Friday, March 13, 2020, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) will restrict visitors from all HMH hospitals. Visitation exceptions will be made in certain situations, including: Hospice Pediatric care Ambulatory Care/Same day surgery (one visitor) Maternity/Labor

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HMH’s Center for Discovery and Innovation Launches Rapid Response Coronavirus Test

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) has created a test to dramatically reduce the time it takes for diagnosing COVID-19.  This is a major advance that will benefit patients, create a more

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HMH Suspends In-Person Visitation to Nursing & Rehabilitation Facilities

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What you need to know Beginning Wednesday, March 11, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is suspending in-person visitation to its nursing and rehabilitation facilities except in special circumstances, such as end-of-life situations. Phone and video calls to our patients are always

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Blood/Urine/Sputum Culture Source Changes

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Effective March 10, 2020, there has been a change in blood, urine, sputum culture source changes. All epic users who order blood, urine or sputum cultures are impacted by this change. The sources will be changing to a more refined

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New Workflow for Completing Medication Refills

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Effective immediately, there is a new workflow for completing medication refills. Providers who refill medication using e-Prescribe can chose one of two options when completing medication refills. Click here for more details.

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Lauren Koniaris, M.D., Recognized Among Becker’s Women Leaders in Health IT to Know

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Lauren Koniaris, M.D., chief medical informatics officer of the Northern Region has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review list of 70 Women Leaders in Health IT to Know. In her role, Dr. Koniaris works to ensure all clinical workflows and

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Vote for NJ’s Top Doctors

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What you need to know Online voting for New Jersey Monthly’s Jersey Choice Top Doctors closes on Friday, February 28, 2020. Click here to vote for Jersey Choice Top Doctors. This annual survey now includes several new specialties and sub-specialties:

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E-Prescribing Maintenance: March 2

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What you need to know E-Prescribing will undergo a one-hour downtime so maintenance can be performed to meet federal guidelines. During the downtime, clinicians will be unable to ePrescribe or make any requests for Medical History or Pharmacy Eligibility through

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region February 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Vikram Wadhera, M.D. – Surgery/Transplant Surgery Andrew Mostello, D.O. – Orthopaedic Surgery Justin Tsai, M.D. – Orthopaedic Surgery Adesuwa Okesanya, M.D. – Family Medicine ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS APPLICATIONS  Ani Cioffo, APN – Internal

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Enhance Your Physician Profile

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Hackensack Meridian Health is integrating all of our separate ‘Find a Doc’ directories into one. This initiative will help improve our patient experience by providing one simple, easily navigable landing page to find a future doctor—and also help referring physicians

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New Opioid Education Study for Clinicians

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What you need to know A major new study is looking to get 1,000 doctors, nurses, residents, pharmacists, case managers and others from across Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) trained in the safe prescribing of opioids on an innovative digital platform.

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John Theurer Cancer Center Launches Clinical Trial of Personalized Cancer Vaccine Using New Gene-Based Technology for High-Risk Melanoma

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What you need to know John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) has launched a clinical trial for a personalized cancer vaccine that along with pembrolizumab immunotherapy will reduce the risk of relapse in patients after melanoma surgery. JTCC is the only

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Robert C. Garrett Recognized Among the Top Five in the 2020 NJBIZ Power 100 List

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What you need to know Robert C. Garrett, FACHE, chief executive officer has been ranked as one of the top five in the 2020 NJBIZ Power 100 list.  Garrett ranks fifth on the NJBIZ list that places New Jersey Governor

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Let’s Talk About Physician Burnout

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By: Amy Frieman, M.D., MBA, FAAHPM Chief Wellness Officer I want to start out by talking about the elephant in the room: clinician burnout. There is no question that burnout is a very real problem in medical practice. In fact,

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John Theurer Cancer Center Forms Partnership with ProCure NJ to Offer Advanced Proton Therapy for Cancer

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What you need to know John Theurer Cancer Center will now offer the most technologically advanced method to deliver radiation treatments to cancerous tumors called proton beam therapy (“proton therapy”) through a new clinical affiliation with ProCure Proton Therapy Center

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Coronavirus Phishing Alert

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What you need to know The 2019 novel coronavirus has provided an opportunity for new malicious phishing campaigns. Please be on alert for emails with Coronavirus in the Subject line that can compromise the HMH network, such as this: The

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Francisco Cartujano, M.D., Awarded Grant by Prevent Cancer Foundation

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Francisco Cartujano, M.D., instructor of the Cancer Disparities Center, has been awarded a grant by The Prevent Cancer Foundation to develop Decídetext(+) – a smoking cessation text messaging intervention for Latinos. The Cancer Disparities Center, part of John Theurer Cancer

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Take the 2020 Clinician Survey

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HMH leadership wants your opinion about our health care organization. Your feedback helps us understand what’s working and how we can better support you as you continue providing outstanding medical care. Click Here to Take the Survey This survey will take

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HMH Receives $2 M Federal Grant to Support Hospital-based Anti-Violence Programs

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health received a $2 million federal grant to support an in-hospital violence intervention program at Jersey Shore University Medical Center which will support Monmouth County communities including Asbury Park, Neptune Township and Long

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Meet the North’s New Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer

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Welcome Martha Radford, M.D., FACC, FAHA as Hackensack Meridian Health’s (HMH) new Chief Quality and Patient Safety Officer for the North Region. Dr. Radford joins HMH from NYU Langone Health where she served as Chief Quality Officer and Senior Clinical

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Amy Frieman, M.D., MBA, FAAHPM, Named Chief Wellness Officer

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What you need to know Amy Frieman, M.D., MBA, FAAHPM, has been appointed chief wellness officer (CWO) for the network effective January 2, 2020. Dr. Frieman will lead the efforts that focus on the well-being of our clinicians and will

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Todd Way Named Regional President of the Central Region

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What you need to know Todd Way has been named regional president of the Central region, effective January 20, 2020. Todd will lead our five hospitals in the Central region – JFK Medical Center, Raritan Bay Medical Center – Perth

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Daniel W. Varga, M.D., Appointed as Chief Physician Executive

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What you need to know Daniel W. Varga, M.D., has been appointed chief physician executive (CPE) of Hackensack Meridian Health effective February 3, 2020. As CPE, Dr. Varga will lead and oversee the physician enterprise and will be responsible, as

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region January 2020

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Aneela Kundnani Kriplani, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Ronaldo Collo Go, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Internal Medicine/ Critical Care; Internal Medicine/Pulmonary Disease Pradeep Balasubramanian, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology Brett Bielory, M.D. –

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Hackensack Welcomes New Medical Staff Leadership

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Hackensack welcomed its new medical staff leadership on January 1. Dr. George Ferrone has replaced Dr. Thomas Salazer and Dr. Sarah Timmapuri as President of the Medical and Dental Staff. He is joined by: Kevin Hewitt, M.D., Vice President Manisha

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John Theurer Cancer Center Participating in Early-Phase Study of Immunotherapy-Boosting Treatment

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What you need to know Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical are participating in a first-in-patients clinical trial assessing VE800, a novel bacteria-containing therapy, in combination with the immunotherapy drug nivolumab. Laboratory research has suggested that

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Vaping Question Added to Epic

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What you need to know To help physicians address the growing vaping epidemic, the Patient Safety and Quality Department has created a vaping question for patients aged 12 and above in Epic’s admission navigator. This question is now live. Thank

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John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Report Poor Colorectal Cancer Biomarker Testing Rates

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What you need to know Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center are the first to report poor adherence to genomic profiling guidelines for four biomarkers of metastatic colorectal cancer used to predict response to

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John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Report Effectiveness of New Treatment for Refractory Multiple Myeloma

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What you need to know Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey report effectiveness of treatment in the CANDOR global phase III clinical trial for patients with refractory (persistent) multiple myeloma. The study

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Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., Annouced as Chair for Annual Precision Medicine Symposium

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Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chair and director of the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center will be chairing Physicians’ Education Resource® (PER®), 2nd Annual Precision Medicine Symposium: An Illustrated Tumor Board. The symposium will take place April 17-18

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John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Report Transformative Results of CAR T-Cell Therapy

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What you need to know Investigators at John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center were part of the 15-site international ZUMA-2 trial, a phase II study of CAR T-cell therapy in a heavily pretreated patient population who

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John Theurer Cancer Center Welcomes Five New Physicians

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What you need to know Five new physicians have joined the medical staff at John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center. Hyung C. Suh, M.D., Ph.D, Gurbakhash Kaur, M.D., Gurbakhash Kaur, M.D., Andrew Ip, M.D., MS and Kaushal

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David S. Perlin, Ph.D Named ‘Outstanding Scientist’ by MDAdvantage

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David S. Perlin, Ph.D., the chief scientific officer and senior vice president of the Hackensack Meridian Health Center for Discovery and Innovation, received the “Outstanding Scientist” award as part of the 2020 EJI Excellence in Medicine awards. Dr. Perlin was

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Thomas Bader, M.D., MBA Serves as Keynote Panelisy at Philadelphia Healthcare Leadership Exchange

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Thomas Bader, M.D., MBA, vice president, Medical Quality and Performance Improvement attended the Philadelphia Healthcare Leadership Exchange as a keynote panelist on November 14. The panel discussed key issues and challenges impacting healthcare leaders today. Dr. Bader discussed a wide

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region December 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Guillermo Hidalgo, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics/Nephrology Samantha Vemula, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics/Hospital Medicine Milad Alam, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery/Spine Surgery Luis Grau, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery/Reconstructive Joint

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Medicare Changes to Home Health Reimbursement

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What you need to know Set to go into effect January 1, 2020, the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) is the largest change to the home health reimbursement system in 20 years. It will overhaul how Medicare pays for home health.

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New Way to Connect to Citrix

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What you need to know To access Citrix, use connect.hmhn.org. Please note, connect.hackensackumc.net will no longer be available after 9 p.m. Sunday, December 8. Questions For assistance, please contact the IT Service Desk at x3333 or 848-237-3333.

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HMH Invests in Adaptive Phage Therapeutics, Aiming to Kill ‘Superbugs’

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has invested in the clinical-stage biotechnology company  Adaptive Phage Therapeutics (APT), aiming to kill ‘Superbugs’. APT is taking aim at the toughest multi-drug resistant “superbugs” using precision-targeted, genomically-screened, and highly purified viruses

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Flu Vaccine Deadline Extended

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What you need to know Pascack Valley and Mountainside physicians should refer to their site specific policies. Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) has adopted a mandatory Influenza Vaccination policy for the 2019-2020 flu season. The flu vaccination deadline has been extended

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Enroll in Duo for Remote Access to HMH Network

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What you need to know Duo is an iPhone/Android app that allows HMH to confirm your identity before granting remote access to your personal data and HMH systems. Beginning December 2, 2019,  you will need Duo to remotely access:  •

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Epic Enhancement: Patient Census Lists

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What you need to know The individual provider and group provider system lists will no longer include Admitting or PCP relationships. They will continue to include patient relationships when the provider is the Attending or is on the Treatment Team.

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Andre Goy, M.D., Named as Recipient of the 2019 Physicians’ Education Resource Educator of the Year

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Physicians’ Education Resource (PER) recently honored Andre Goy, M.D., with the 2019 Educator of the Year award during the 37th Annual Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium in New York City. The ceremony took place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at the New York

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Hackensack Meridian Health Named Best Healthcare System by NJBIZ

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has been recognized by NJBIZ in its 2019 Reader Rankings in five categories, including the top ranking for Best Healthcare System for the second consecutive year. Hackensack Meridian Health was selected in the following categories:

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Andre Goy M.D., Leads American Society of Clinical Oncology CME Conference

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On Wednesday, November 13, Andre Goy, M.D., M.S., chairman & executive director, Lymphoma, and division chief, John Theurer Cancer Center gathered with oncology experts from across our network, clinical team members, and physicians at the American Society of Clinical Oncology

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Spotlight On Robotics

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Ihor Sawczuk, M.D., FACS Regional President, Northern MarketExecutive Leader, Robotics Council Last month, I gave one of the key note addresses at the 360 Intuitive Summit. More than a thousand health care executives and physicians from all over the world

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Epic Maintenance: Summary of Care Fax

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What you need to know The Summary of Care fax notification when patients are discharged will now include lab results only for the 48 hours prior to discharge. To view the complete list of results, please look in Epic. Questions

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Epic Maintenance: EKG Tracing

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What you need to know As of November 5, the hyperlink on EKG tracing in the EKG result report in Epic is now at the top of the report right above sinus rhythm data. The hyperlink was previously located toward

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Five Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group

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What you need to know Five Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide. The designation recognizes hospitals for efforts to protect patients from harm and provide safer health care.

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Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack Alliance ACO Recognized Nationally among Becker’s 130 ACOs to Know – 2019

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s Hackensack Alliance Accountable Care Organization (ACO) has earned national recognition among Becker’s Hospital Review’s 130 ACOs to Know – 2019. This is the fourth year in a row that Becker’s Hospital Review’s

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Mountainside Medical Center partners with John Theurer Cancer Center

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What you need to know The Cancer Center at Mountainside Medical Center has established an affiliate agreement with John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center, one of only 16 cancer center consortia in the U.S. approved by the

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Policy Updates: October 11

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There are three clinical practice changes and policy updates we want you to be aware of: Restraints In order to comply with Department of Health regulations, Advanced Practice Nurses will no longer be able to order restraints unless it is

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Healthgrades Recognizes Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals for Clinical Excellence

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals received Healthgrades Specialty Excellence Awards™ in multiple clinical categories along with five-star ratings for multiple conditions and procedures. Eleven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals received a total of 51 five-star ratings across

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Englewood Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Sign Definitive Agreement to Merge

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What you need to know On October 15, the Boards of Trustees of Englewood Health and Hackensack Meridian Health signed a definitive agreement to merge. Following regulatory approval of the merger, Hackensack Meridian Health has committed to a $400 million

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Upcoming MIPS Important Dates and Deadlines

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The following important Merit-based Incentive Payment (MIPS) dates and deadlines are fast approaching: December 31 – 2019 Promoting Interoperability Hardship Exception and Extreme and Uncontrollable Circumstances Applications Clinicians, groups, and virtual groups who believe they are eligible for these exceptions

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Policy Updates: October 7

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Hackensack Meridian Health is aligning our clinical policies and practices. A list of all network policies can be found on Policy Stat. Please click the links below to view this week’s updated policies: Hand Off Communication Ticket to Ride Verbal

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Epic Maintenance: Consult and Op Notes

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What you need to know As of October 7, 2019 – Consult and Op Notes will now automatically route upon signing. Providers will receive a notification based on their existing communication preferences – either In Basket or Fax.  Please call

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11 HMH Hospitals Make NJBIZ List of New Jersey’s Top Cancer Treatment Centers

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What you need to know Eleven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals make NJBIZ List of New Jersey’s Top Cancer Treatment Centers with John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center receiving the No. 1 ranking. Hackensack Meridian Health’s cancer treatment

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St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health Announce Clinical and Strategic Partnership

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What you need to know St. Joseph’s Health and Hackensack Meridian Health announced the formation of a clinical and strategic partnership on September 25, 2019. Under the new partnership, St. Joseph’s Health will remain an independent organization, governed by a separate

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region September 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Daniel Maman, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Plastic Surgery Paul Chirichella, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Siddhant Mehta, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery Emre Kayaalp, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Obstetrics

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Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and John Theurer Cancer Center Launch Clinical Trial for Severe Sickle Cell Disease

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What you need to know Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and John Theurer Cancer Center recently launched a clinical trial evaluating gene therapy for severe sickle cell disease in adolescents and adults. This is a multicenter Phase I/II clinical trial

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New Classes and Events Phone Number, Website

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has a new number and website for all of its classes and events. All classes, including maternity classes, can be accessed by visiting www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org/events or by calling 800-560-9990. Patients can search classes

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David S. Perlin, Ph.D Among Experts Leading Discussion on Emerging Health Technologies

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David S. Perlin, Ph.D, chief scientific officer and senior vice president, Center for Discovery & Innovation, was a recent panel expert on PBS’s Think Tank with Steve Adubato. The discussion will air the week of September 9, and features a

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NJ Reinstates Medical Aid in Dying Law

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What you need to know On August 27, a New Jersey appeals court overturned a temporary restraining order that suspended the state’s new Aid in Dying law. This reinstated law allows adult New Jersey residents, who have decision-making capacity and

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Four HMH Leaders Honored as Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Healthcare

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What you need to know Four HMH leaders were recently honored as Crain’s 2019 Notable Women in Health Care, recognized for their influence in the New York City health care community. Honorees The honorees were: Dianne Aroh, MS, RN, FACHE,

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Cast Your Vote: Bergen Magazine’s 2020 Top Doctor

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What you need to know Voting is currently open for Bergen Magazine 2020 Top Doctor. If you are an active physician, within Bergen County, you are eligible to vote for your peers. Voting ends September 16th at midnight. Click here

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Immunology Research Collaboration Request for Proposals

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Sponsored by the Memorial Sloan Kettering-Hackensack Meridian Health Partnership What you need to know This funding opportunity is for projects with specific aims focusing on mechanisms of resistance or to mitigate toxicity for patients receiving immunotherapy treatment. Get details of

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Nominate an Exceptional Woman in Medicine

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Voting for Castle Connolly’s 2019 Exceptional Women in Medicine awards is open. MDs and DOs can nominate up to two female physicians. If you’d like to nominate someone, please register here: www.castleconnolly.com/exceptionalwomen. Each nominating physician will need to use his or her personal NPI

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Hackensack Meridian Health Affiliated Dentists Recognized by NJ Monthly Magazine as Top Dentists

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What you need to know Forty-nine Hackensack Meridian Health’s affiliated dentists based at Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and JFK Medical Center, have been recognized by New Jersey Monthly magazine as Top Dentists. According to New

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U.S. News & World Report Names HMH Hospitals Among Best in New Jersey

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What you need to know Four Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals are ranked among are among the top  hospitals in the state for 2019-20, according to U.S. News & World Report. Hackensack University Medical Center is ranked #2 in New Jersey. In addition

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Two Ways Maestro Helps Me Communicate Better

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Dr. Lucy Safi recently shared two ways Maestro improves her communication: “Maestro makes it easy to communicate with my staff. It helps me avoid calling them, as the phone lines are often busy. “ “I also like the ‘Read’ feature

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Epic Dictation Available at Hackensack

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What you need to know Dragon Medical One (DMO) gives Inpatient and ETD providers the ability to dictate notes directly into Epic without going through a separate service. In addition, you can use your smartphone with a specialized App for

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HackensackAlliance ACO 2018 MIPS Final Score, Feedback Reports Available

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) final 2018 Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) Performance Year results are now available.  If you participated in a MIPS Alternative Payment Model (APM) in 2018, specifically in a Medicare Shared Savings Program

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School of Medicine Welcomes Second Class

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Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University welcomed its second class on July 12. Meet the Class About the Curriculum: The school’s unique curriculum includes: A three-year path to residency. Partnering students with patients in underserved communities, like

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Hackensack Meridian Health Awarded the Gold Seal for Sepsis by The Joint Commission

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Sepsis Certification by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region July 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Ahmad Mahmoud, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Otolaryngology Elana Clar, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Neurology Allamprabhu Patil, M.D. – Medical Associate, Neurology Michael Lozovatsky, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Psychiatry Kaushal Kulkarni, M.D. – Provisional

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Hackensack Meridian Health Receives $3.4 Million in HRSA Funding to Create Nurse Practitioner Residency Program

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Hackensack Meridian Health has received a four year, $3.4 million award from the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) to launch a comprehensive Nurse Practitioner Residency Program. Funding under this initiative is geared to both planning for new program development

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Eleven Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Make NJBIZ List of New Jersey’s Top Hospitals

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What you need to know Eleven Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals make NJBIZ list of New Jersey’s top hospitals. Hackensack University Medical Center ranked number 1 and Jersey Shore University Medical Center ranked number 7. This list, based on total patient

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region June 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Stephen Rossman, D.O. – Provisional Attending, Orthopaedic Surgery (Board Eligible – Orthopaedic Surgery) Omar Syed, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Neurosurgery (Board Certified – Neurosurgery) Pedro Vieira, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Plastic Surgery (Board

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Andrew Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, Recognized as One of the 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives by Modern Healthcare

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Andrew Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, former chief innovation officer and president of Physician Enterprise, was recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives. Dr. Pecora, now consultant and strategic advisor to Hackensack Meridian Health,

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School of Medicine Students Collaborate to Address Health Issues in Innovative Program

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What you need to know Students at the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University recently came together with local community leaders at the School of Medicine campus in Nutley to address areas of health needs in their

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Integrative Health & Medicine Expands Services to Jersey Shore University Medical Center

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Integrative Health & Medicine has expanded services to Jersey Shore University Medical Center.  As of June 10, Integrative Health & Medicine services are now conveniently located in HOPE Tower on the first floor,

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Dr. Lisa Casale: 4 Ways I Save Time With Maestro

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What You Need To Know Watch this short video to see how Maestro helps Lisa Casale, M.D., Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine, spend more time with her patients at JFK Medical Center. 4 Time-Saving Maestro Features In the video,

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Four HMH Hospitals Receive Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award

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What you need to know Bayshore Medical Center, JFK Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center received the Healthgrades 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award. This distinction places Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals among the top 5/10 percent of all

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Daily Safety Huddles Begin on Monday, June 3

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What you need to know Starting Monday, June 3, standard safety huddles will be held at all clinical sites across the network. These safety huddles will occur on a daily basis for approximately 30 minutes with key clinical/operational leaders and

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Bonita Stanton, M.D. and David Kountz, M.D., MBA Receive Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Awards

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What you need to know Bonita Stanton, M.D., founding dean, Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University and president, Academic Enterprise and David Kountz, M.D., MBA, co-chief academic officer and vice president, Academic Diversity and founding associate dean,

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Center for Discovery and Innovation Opens

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health’s Center for Discovery and Innovation (CDI) officially opened on May 29, 2019. CDI is a 250,000-square-foot research facility located at the On3 campus, former home to Hoffmann-LaRoche, in Nutley and Clifton. The

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John Theurer Cancer Center Investigators Presenting at ASCO

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What you need to know Researchers from John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack are presenting data from 23 studies at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). ASCO is being held in Chicago from

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New Jersey’s Measles Outbreak Considered Over

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What you need to know Information last updated on May 29, 2019 The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) has declared the 2019 Ocean County measles outbreak to be over. Between March 2019 and May 2019, the NJDOH confirmed 12

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region May 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Stuart Rauch, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Psychiatry Amanda Roy, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology  Joy Tun, M.D. – Provisional Attending Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine Axel Rosengart, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Neurology Gregory Sugalski, M.D.

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Six HMH Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety

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What you need to know Six HMH hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide. The designation recognizes the network’s hospital for their efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health

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New IT Self-Service Portal Now Available

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What you need to know You can now submit non-urgent IT issues via the Customer Self-Service Portal at http://servicedesk.hmhn.org. This service is available for Epic and non-Epic IT issues. Click here for a step-by-step guide on how to submit an

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Andrew Pecora, M.D., Accepts New Leadership Position

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What you need to know Andrew Pecora, M.D., Physician Enterprise and chief innovation officer, has accepted the role of chief executive officer of Outcomes Matter Innovations, LLC (OMI), a private company founded by physicians to enable partnerships between private physicians

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HMH Physicians Honored by NJ American Academy of Pediatrics

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What you need to know Four of our very own physicians have been honored by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (NJAAP) at the NJAAP’s 9th Annual New Jersey Children’s Ball, an evening dedicated to New

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JTCC Approved As Member of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium

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What You Need To Know The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has approved John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack as a research consortium member of the NCI-approved Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Consortium. Only 16 cancer consortia are recognized by the

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Biotech Experts Will Lead HMH’s New Center for Discovery and Innovation

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What you need to know Sol J. Barer, Ph.D., has been appointed as chair of the Board of Directors and David S. Perlin, Ph.D., as chief scientific officer. More About the Center for Discovery and Innovation The goal of CDI

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region April 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Stephen Cohn, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Surgery/ Trauma Surgery; Board Certified, Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Melissa Segal, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics; Board Certified, Pediatrics Shamila Zawahir, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics/Gastroenterology;

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Theresa M. Brodrick Named Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Executive

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What you need to know Theresa M. Brodrick, RN, Ph.D., NE-BC, has been named executive vice president, network chief nurse executive, effective April 1, 2019. Details on Theresa’s appointment As network chief nurse executive, Theresa will be responsible for all

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HMH Team Members Raise $1.4 Million for “Giving Heals” Campaign

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What You Need To Know Team members from eight Hackensack Meridian Health medical centers have raised nearly $1.4 million since Meridian Health Foundation’s Giving Heals campaign launched in 2015, including $300,000 this year. Overall, more than $90 million has been raised

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FDA Approves Generic Narcan Nasal Spray

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What You Need To Know In an effort to reduce the number of opioid-related overdose deaths, the FDA has approved the first generic naloxone nasal spray for use in a community setting by individuals without medical training. The FDA is also

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Cast Your Vote! Modern Healthcare’s Most Influential Clinical Executives

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Andrew Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE has been nominated for Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Clinical Executives list. Judging for the final ranking of the 50 Most Influential will be based on votes as well as input from the senior editors

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New Potential Measles Exposure in Monmouth County

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A Middlesex resident with a highly suspect case of measles may have exposed individuals in Monmouth County on April 17 and 19. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, anyone who visited the following locations may have been exposed

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Mandatory Masking Has Ended

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Mandatory masking for team members who declined to receive the influenza vaccine ended on Monday, April 15. Free flu vaccinations continue to be offered through Occupational/Employee Health. For vaccination details and schedules please click here.

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Spring Travel Creates Additional Measles Risk

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Current Measles Stats The United States is currently dealing with multiple measles outbreaks, including an outbreak in Ocean County as well as Brooklyn and New York’s Rockland County. As of April 11, 555 cases have been reported in 20 states

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CDC Issues Flu Advisory

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What you need to know On March 28, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued an official Health Advisory regarding the recent increase in flu activity. Flu activity in the U.S. continues to be high, and the CDC expects flu

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Brand New Magazine Hits Homes

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What you need to know Healthviews Magazine – which originated in the Southern market and expanded to the North – is now HealthU Magazine. The first issue of HealthU Magazine hit homes in March 2019. It contains tips and advice

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Northern Region March 2019

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Hackensack University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Hollin Calloway, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Otolaryngology David Rocamboli, D.O. – Provisional Attending, Anesthesiology  Timothy Watkins, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Deborah Ungerleider, M.D. – Provisional Attending, Pediatrics Yatin Patil, M.D. – Provisional

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Happy Doctors’ Day from Your Patient and CEO

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Dear Hackensack Meridian Health Physicians, Saying thank you does not adequately express my appreciation for all you do every day. Unfortunately, there is no word that properly expresses thanks to a group of people who spend their days saving lives,

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U.S. News Opens Best Hospital Survey

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U.S. News & World Report has opened voting for the 2019-2020 Best Hospital survey. Survey-eligible physicians can sign into Doximity to complete the annual survey. Half of those eligible Doximity users have been randomly selected to receive one or more additional survey questions

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: February 2019

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Welcome the following physicians to Hackensack Meridian Health. Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Lydia M. Kasper, DO – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Milena Kolesnikova, MD – Active Staff, Medicine/Internal Medicine/Hospitalist Sotirios Papafragkou, MD – Active Staff, Surgery/Plastic and Hand Surgery Gohar Petrosyan,

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GPS Technology will Help Patients and Families Navigate Hospitals

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health is developing an indoor GPS with Connexient to help patients and families better navigate the network’s 17 hospitals. This GPS technology is already in place at Hackensack. The plan is to launch this technology at

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Return Your Survey for Jersey Choice Top Doctors

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Check your mailbox for New Jersey Monthly’s annual Jersey Choice Top Doctors survey. The survey was mailed in early February by polling company Leflein Associates to every doctor licensed in the state for at least five years. Survey Instructions Mail back your

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Hackensack Selected as Site for Multiple Sclerosis Mental Health Mentorship Program

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What you need to know The Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) has selected Hackensack to be one of two medical centers in the nation to offer the Mental Health Mini-Mentorship Specialty Training Program for health professionals. This training provides

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NJBIZ Honors Catherine Ainora, Nancy Corcoran-Davidoff

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What you need to know NJBIZ has named Catherine Ainora, chief integration and transformation officer, and Nancy Corcoran-Davidoff, executive vice president, chief experience and human resources officer, as among the “Best 50 Women in Business.” The annual awards honor business

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Oncology Breakthrough: Life-Saving CAR T-Cell Therapy Now Available

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health is at the forefront of advanced cancer treatment in New Jersey and the nation. Two sites, the John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC), and Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, are the first in New

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HMH Invests in UV Technology to Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health is investing in ultraviolet light (UV) technology that can eliminate microorganisms that trigger hospital-acquired infections. The technology has been piloted in operating rooms, post-acute care units, ICUs and emergency departments, where it has eliminated

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John Theurer Cancer Center Recruiting a Phase II Clinical Trial for Pancreatic Cancer

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What you need to know John Theurer Cancer Center is now recruiting a Phase II clinical trial for pancreatic cancer called PROTACT (Precise RNAi for Obtaining Targeted Cancer Therapy). During PROTACT treatment, a miniature biodegradable polymeric matrix called “LODER” that

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Joseph Miller Ph.D., FACHE Named Council Chair of American Hospital Association Constituency Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services

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Joseph A. Miller, Ph.D., FACHE, vice president for Behavioral Health Care Transformation Services, is the 2019 chair of the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Constituency Section for Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Services. The Council represents about 1,660 behavioral health providers across

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John Theurer Cancer Center Recruiting for New Glioblastoma Study

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What you need to know John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is recruiting for WIZARD 201G, a global Phase 2 study in glioblastoma (GBM). The trial is sponsored by Boston Biomedical and is evaluating DSP-7888, an investigational

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HMH Launches Task Force To Improve Maternal Health Outcomes

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health announced January 23 that it has formed an expert Maternal Health Task Force to improve maternal health outcomes in the Garden State. New Jersey has the fifth highest maternal death rate in the

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H1N1 Flu Activity is High: Administer Antiviral Treatment

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What You Need to Know Flu activity is high in New Jersey and the predominant strain is H1N1, for which the flu vaccine tends to be more effective than other strains. It’s not too late to vaccinate your patients. What You

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2 New CEHRT Use Requirements for Performance Year 2019

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What you need to know CMS requires all Medicare-eligible clinicians in 2019 to use an electronic health record that meets the 2015 certification standards. In addition, CMS has replaced quality measure “ACO-11: Use of Certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) Technology” with

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2019 MIPS requirements: 4 ways to prepare

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What you need to know Several new provider types are now eligible to participate, including physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists. New low-volume threshold exclusion criterion also takes effect. Several other changes will also take effect. Four ways

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Meridian ACO Extends Agreement to June 30, 2019

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What you need to know CMS has released the final 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule rule. This rule revises the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) and allows MSSP ACOs the opportunity to extend their current agreements by six months. The

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Dial 3333 for All Your IT Needs

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Beginning January 1, 2019, you can dial 3333 for IT assistance anywhere within Hackensack Meridian Health. This one extension will connect you to the IT Helpdesk from any location within our network.   Trying to connect externally? Simple. Call 848-237-3333. 

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The Top 5 Benefits of Hackensack Meridian Health Partners

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Top 5 benefits of participating in Meridian Health Partners   Physicians who participate in Hackensack Meridian Health Partners (HMHP), our clinically integrated network get to remain independent while leveraging the power of a group (contract negotiating power and group purchasing

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Test Your Knowledge: Take Our Quiz on New Jersey’s New Opioid Prescribing Law

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Test your knowledge of New Jersey’s new opioid prescribing law New Jersey has one of the strictest opioid prescribing laws in the country. It took effect last year and places certain limits on how you may prescribe opioids and other

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Smoking Cessation Treatment Center Launches

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health launched a regional Community Smoking Cessation Treatment Center initiative in February 2019 at 10 locations in northern New Jersey, including the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center and Palisades Medical Center. The

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3 Ways We’re Expanding Our Cardiovascular Program

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What you need to know Here are three new, advanced cardiovascular services we now offer: 1. Heart Recovery Program: Located at Hackensack University Medical Center this innovative, multidisciplinary program provides advanced circulatory support with Impella® to treat cardiovascular compromise during a myocardial

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Infographic: See our Cardiovascular Program Numbers

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Our Cardiovascular Program: By The Numbers Our Advanced Cardiovascular Services Minimally Invasive Transcarotid Artery Revascularization (TCAR): Hackensack Meridian Health is among a select number of hospitals nationwide to offer the TCAR procedure, which uses a transcarotid neuroprotection system to reduce the risk of

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Welcome George P. Batsides, M.D., FACC, chief of cardiac surgery, Hackensack

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George P. Batsides, M.D., FACC, has joined Hackensack Meridian Health as chief of cardiac surgery and surgical director of Mechanical Circulatory Support at the Heart & Vascular Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center. Education Dr. Batsides is board-certified in both general and thoracic surgery

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Welcome Jesus Almendral, M.D., FACC, medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure Center

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Jesus Almendral, M.D., FACC, a cardiovascular disease specialist, has joined Hackensack Meridian Health as the medical director of the Advanced Heart Failure Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. Areas of Specialty Advanced treatment options, including the latest Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) HeartMate 3™

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Move to Plain Language Emergency System: Jan. 1

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What you need to know Beginning January 1, 2019, Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals will begin using Plain Language Emergency Alerts in place of the traditional “Code Blue” or “Code Orange” alerts.*  Emergency management teams will begin training and educating relevant

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Welcome to Maestro

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Welcome to the new Maestro website, the home for physician information and resources to help you orchestrate the best care. Maestro brings all the important content from across Hackensack Meridian Health into one single destination. This site was built for you, based

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Specialty Update: Obstructive Sleep Apnea Services at HUMC and JSUMC

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What you need to know The Institute for Sleep Wake Disorders at HUMC has a new program for admitted patients with suspected and undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy is now available at HUMC and JSUMC

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Blood Pressure Drug Losartan Recalled Due to Contamination

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What you need to know Drug maker Sandoz Inc. is recalling one lot of its Losartan Potassium Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets because the pills may have been contaminated with trace amounts of N-nitrosodiethylamine (NDEA), a known carcinogen. To date, no adverse events

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Measles Outbreak Update: Tools to Answer FAQs and Limit Exposure

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What you need to know New Jersey’s measles outbreak has spread to Passaic County. There are 18 confirmed cases as of November 29, 2018 in Ocean and Passaic counties. This number could double as 17 suspected cases are currently under investigation in Ocean County. The

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Where in the World is Dr. Ed Galkin?

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Where in the world is Hackensack Meridian Health Periodontist Dr. Ed Galkin? As of this very minute, he’s flying around the world in his 1976 Cessna 210 Centurion to raise money for Alzheimer’s disease, in honor of his brother, Sam

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Horizon Requires Prior Authorization for Specialized Procedures  

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What you need to know Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) will begin conducting Prior Authorization & Medical Necessity Determination (PA/MND) reviews for certain specialized orthopedic surgeries, many of which may require the use of an implantable

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FDA Novel Drug Approvals

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration recently approved the following drug therapies: Dermatology Seysara, with active ingredient sarecycline, to treat inflammatory lesions of non-nodular moderate to severe acne vulgaris in patients 9 years of age and older. Immunology Revcovi, with

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FDA Warning: Teach Patients About Pen Needle Differences

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Overview: Diabetic patients who aren’t trained on the proper use of standard pen needles are unaware that they aren’t actually injecting any insulin. What you can do: Teach patients about the differences between standard pen and safety pen needles. Diabetic

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Epidural Analgesia with IV Antibiotics: 12 Ways to Prevent Look-Alike Errors

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Overview: Patients on labor and delivery units have mistakenly received high doses of narcotics instead of IV antibiotics, due to look-alike infusion bags and overlooked warning labels. This can lead to death, seizures and respiratory arrest. What you can do:

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The 4 Feared Adverse Events: What You Need to Know

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What you need to know: Antidepressants, antibiotics and statins are among the 1,731 drugs that are the suspected primary causes of four types of severe adverse drug events. While uncommon, these events can lead to life-threatening medical emergencies and irreversible damage.

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6 Ways to Prevent Deadly Methotrexate Errors

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Overview: Methotrexate, a high-alert medication, has been associated with an alarming number of wrong-frequency errors, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) warns. Overdoses have resulted in vomiting, serious skin lesions, liver failure, renal failure and death. What you can

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Orthopedic Update: Revolutionizing Scoliosis Treatment for Children

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Remote-controlled magnetic rods help avoid multiple surgeries Overview: Hackensack Meridian Health is among a small number of New Jersey healthcare organizations that specialize in a noninvasive technique that uses remote-controlled magnetic rods to treat children with early-onset scoliosis (EOS) Patient

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Alexander Shifrin, M.D. Published in Atlas of Adrenal Surgery

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Dr. Alexander Shifrin, Director of Endocrine Oncology at Hackensack Meridian Health System, and Surgical Director, Center for Thyroid, Parathyroid and Adrenal Diseases, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, served as editor and contributed two chapters to the First Edition of

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Dermatologist Robin Ashinoff Receives MohsAIQ Pioneer Award

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Dr. Robin Ashinoff, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and plastic surgeon, has received the MohsAIQ Pioneer Award, which  recognizes commitment to quality and performance measurement in Mohs Micrographic surgery for skin cancer The American College of Mohs Surgery will present Dr.

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Support Group Helps Physicians Cope with Emotional Stress

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As we know, those on the front line in health care can at times be presented with difficult situations, including an unintended patient outcome or exposure to a traumatic incident. These circumstances may result in emotional aftershock, mental stress and/or

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Obese Patients with PTSD at Higher Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) who are obese have an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), according to a study published online in August by JAMA Psychiatry. Obesity represented the strongest predictor of T2DM. In the absence

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Specialty Update: Matthews Vision Treatment Center at Riverview

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What you need to know Riverview Medical Center has re-launched its eye care services in the Matthews Vision Treatment Center, located in the Ambulatory Care Center. The ophthalmic program offers the most up-to-date and advanced options available for vision correction.

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NJ Opioid Prescribing Law: FAQs

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New Jersey has one of the toughest opioid prescribing laws in the country. It took effect last year and places new restrictions on how practitioners may prescribe opioids and other Schedule II controlled substances. Many practitioners continue to have questions

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CMS Changes 2019 MIPS Payment Adjustment

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Overview: Hackensack Meridian Health’s payment adjustment for our Medicare Shared Savings Program ACOs will decrease in 2019 as the result of corrections that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made to its scoring logic. Physician impact: Payment adjustments will take

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Andrew L. Pecora, M.D. Receives 2018 Dr. Sol J. Barer Award

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Andrew L. Pecora, M.D., FACP, CPE, President, Physician Enterprise and Chief Innovations Officer at Hackensack Meridian Health, was honored with the 2018 Dr. Sol J. Barer Award for Vision, Innovation and Leadership at the Gateway Gala, BioNJ’s 25th Annual dinner meeting, networking

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Support Group Helps Physicians Cope with Emotional Stress

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What you need to know WeCare, our confidential, peer-to-peer support program, helps team members and clinicians manage emotional stress and grief that sometimes results from the work we do. “The WeCare program gives caregivers the emotional first aid they need, so

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HMHP Expands Successful Prescription Initiative

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What you need to know Hackensack Meridian Health Partners is expanding its successful generic prescription initiative. In the coming weeks, Hackensack Meridian Health Medical Group offices will be receiving a list noting any Horizon and United Healthcare patients identified as having a claim for a brand-name

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