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Central Region Epic Flash Alert: Log Out Button

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What you need to know The log out button in Epic has been removed. All Epic users should remember to badge out using Tap and Go whenever leaving a workstation. If you do not have Tap and Go, close Epic

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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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Register on Doximity by November 1st

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Doximity is a social network solely for physicians that includes over one million U.S. health professionals. All physicians need to be registered on doximity.com by November 1, 2019 to be eligible to vote in U.S. News & World Report’s Best

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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

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack University Medical CenterJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalPalisades Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

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

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJFK Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterMountainside Medical CenterOcean Medical CenterOncologyPalisades Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

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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Raritan Bay Old Bridge – Doctor’s Parking Lot Closure

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What you need to know Due to construction beginning for the expansion of the Emergency Department, effective Monday, October 7 the Doctor’s parking lot in Old Bridge behind 3 Hospital Plaza (MAB) will be closed until further notice. Doctor’s parking

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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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Raritan Bay Appoints Winston Ramkissoon as Director of Emergency Department

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What you need to know Raritan Bay Medical Center has appointed Winston Ramkissoon, MS, MPH, RN, CPPS as director of the Emergency Department in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, effective October 7. Winston has worked at Hackensack University Medical Center

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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Central Region September 2019

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Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS John Li, M.D. – Active Staff, Anesthesiology Walter Kaniefski, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Junaid Kalia, M.D. – Active Staff, Tele-Neurology Borislav Kheyson, M.D. – Active Staff, Hospitalist Orna Alpert – Active Staff,

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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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New Flu Vaccine Policy

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What you need to know For the upcoming 2019-2020 flu season, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) has adopted a mandatory Influenza Vaccination policy. The network’s Influenza Vaccination policy applies to any facility owned, leased, managed and/or operated by HMH, and all

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Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Honored for LGBTQ Policies and Practices

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What you need to know The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation gave eight Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals “Leader” and “Top Performer” status. Six Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals earned “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Leader” designation – with a perfect score of

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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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Medical and Dental Staff Appointments: Central Region August 2019

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Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Michael Ruzek, D.O. – Active Staff, Emergency Services Matthew Schoenfeld, M.D. – Active Staff, Cardiology David Zagha, M.D. – Active Staff, Cardiology Sedeek Elmoursi, M.D. – Active Staff, Tele-Neurology ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS APPLICATIONS  

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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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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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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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Drug Shortages for Raritan Bay, Bayshore, Riverview and Southern Region

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Last Updated: September 26, 2019 There is an ongoing issue with shortages of specific medications for hospitals in the southern region as well as Raritan Bay, Bayshore and Riverview medical centers. These supply problems have caused Hackensack Meridian Health to substitute

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Meridian ACO 2018 MIPS Final Score, Feedback Reports Now Available

Bayshore Medical CenterHackensack Meridian Health Medical GroupJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

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: Central Region July 2019

Bayshore Medical CenterCarrier ClinicJFK Johnson Rehabilitation InstituteJFK Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical Center

Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Feliks Shtindler, M.D. – Active Staff, Hospitalist Daniel Weiner, M.D. – Active Staff, Psychiatry Taliya Farooq, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology Qasim Husain, M.D. – Active Staff, Otolaryngology Pratik Patel, M.D. – Active Staff,

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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: Central Region June 2019

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Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Frank Dos Santos, D.O. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine (Board Certified – Emergency Medicine) Liju Philip, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine (Board Certified – Emergency Medicine) Evgeniya Angelova, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology

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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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Medical and Dental Staff Apointments: Central Region May 2019

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Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS None ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS APPLICATIONS Heather Cardilla, RNFA – Surgery Roman Markh, PA-C – Surgery JFK Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Ram Mahato, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine, Psychiatry Allen Maizes, M.D. – Active

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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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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: Central Region April 2019

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Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Shehryar Anjum, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Nephrology; Board Certified, Internal Medicine Kevin Edwards, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine; Board Certified, Emergency Medicine Andrew Friedman, M.D. – Active Staff, Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology; Board Certified, Diagnostic

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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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Four Hospitals Earn Sepsis Recognition

Bayshore Medical CenterJFK Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

The following four network hospitals achieved the Gold Seal from the Joint Commission (TJC) for their Sepsis programs: Raritan Bay Perth Amboy and Old Bridge Medical Centers JFK Medical Center Bayshore Medical Center Southern Ocean Medical Center Hackensack Meridian Health

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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: Central Region March 2019

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Bayshore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Normy Dessalines, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Internal Medicine Michael Kaufer, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Sophia Kotliar, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology Peter Litwin, M.D. – Active Staff, Psychiatry ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONALS APPLICATIONS

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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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Raritan Bay Receives $250K Donation for Emergency Service in Old Bridge

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What you need to know Raritan Bay Medical Center Foundation recently received a $250,000 gift from TeamHealth towards the planned facility renovation and expansion of the emergency department at Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge. The project is set to begin

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Raritan Bay’s Joslin Diabetes Center Welcomes Sulay H. Shah, M.D.

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The Joslin Diabetes Center at Raritan Bay Medical Center Old Bridge recently added endocrinologist Sulay H. Shah, M.D., to its team. Sulay Shah M.D., is board certified in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism and Internal Medicine. He completed his specialty training

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Raritan Bay’s Institute for Weight Loss Attains Renewed National Accreditation

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What you need to know The Institute for Weight Loss at Raritan Bay Medical Center-Old Bridge was recently re-accredited as a Comprehensive Bariatric Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).  Details The institute provides

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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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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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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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Michael Ciencewicki, M.D. Retires

Raritan Bay Medical Center

Former Chief Medical Officer Michael Ciencewicki, M.D. retired from Raritan Bay on January 11, 2019. Dr. Ciencewicki served in Raritan Bay’s hospital administration for 12 years, helping launch the hospital’s patient portal, open the Medical and Surgical Pavilion at Raritan

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Raritan Bay Medical Center Restricting Visitors

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What You Need to Know Beginning January 14, Raritan Bay Medical Center–Old Bridge and Raritan Bay–Perth Amboy are temporarily suspending visitor privileges for children age 11 and younger due to New Jersey’s high flu activity. Anyone with a fever or cough

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New Wound Healing Specialists at Raritan Bay

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What you need to know The Center for Wound Healing at Hackensack Meridian Health Raritan Bay Medical Center-Perth Amboy has added three wound specialists to address the underlying conditions that cause non-healing wounds.  Services offered Our expert medical practitioners provide

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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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Drug Shortages: Update

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Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of the following drugs: Atropine 0.4mg vials Bupivacaine + Epi Vials Diazepam 10mg/2mL Injection Dipyridamole vials Dobutamine 500mg/250ml Bags – limited supply Dopamine 400mg vials & 400mg/250ml Bags – limited supply Famotidine 20mg vials Heparin 1000units/500mL

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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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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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