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Southern Region Epic Highlights: October 18

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Overall, we are seeing a slight reduction in daily call volume as issues are transitioning from access and security to more complex workflow issues. Leadership continues to monitor more complex, critical issues that are outstanding,

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Southern Region Epic Highlights: October 17

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Overall, we are seeing a slight reduction in daily call volume as issues are transitioning from access and security to more complex workflow issues. Leadership continues to monitor more complex, critical issues that are outstanding,

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Southern Region Epic Highlights: October 16

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Epic Highlights of the Day Call and ticket volumes dipped slightly on our second full day with all locations now live and operating. Adjustments to the on-site support should be coordinated by contacting the help desk or your local support

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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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Southern Region Epic Highlights: October 15

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Monday was the first day of the Epic go live with all outpatient and ambulatory locations now live. Call and ticket volumes increased as expected. Leadership continues to round throughout the facilities and on-site support

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Southern Region Epic Highlights: October 14

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know The first day of the Epic go live went well with 725 calls to the help desk and approximately 700 new tickets generated. Common themes included: providers adding Chief Complaint to the Patient Record providers

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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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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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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: Southern Region September 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Ghadhier Al Saoudi, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Internal Medicine – Hospitalist Naomi Ambalu, D.O. – Active Staff, Psychiatry/Child Samantha Cotler, D.O. – Active Staff, Family Medicine Joseph Dallessio, M.D. – Locum Tenens,

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Five HMH Medical Centers Receive National Recognition for Heart Attack Treatment

CardiologyJersey Shore University Medical CenterJFK Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Five HMH medical centers received the American College of Cardiology’s NCDR Chest Pain  ̶  MI Registry Performance Achievement Awards for 2019 for their high standards of heart attack treatment. Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Riverivew

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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: Southern Region August 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Orna Alpert, M.D. – Active Staff, Psychiatry/Child Zarine Balsara, M.D. – Locum Tenens, Surgery/Pediatric Urology Kerry Bergman, M.D. – Locum Tenens, Surgery/Pediatric Aylin Bilgutay, M.D. – Active Staff, Surgery/Pediatric Urology Victoria Bones,

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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

All SpecialtiesBayshore Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterRaritan Bay Medical CenterRiverview Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

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: Southern Region July 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Faiz Afridi, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Internal Medicine – Hospitalist Faizan Arif, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Amit Bhojwani, D.O. – Active Staff, Surgery/Otolaryngology Shanthi Chezian, M.D. – Locum Tenens, Psychiatry

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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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Ocean’s Family Medicine Residents Earn 3rd place at FamMed Forum Knowledge Bowl

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A group of residents represented Ocean Medical Center at the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP) FamMed Forum and participated in the Resident Knowledge Bowl. They participated in a jeopardy style quiz competition against twelve other Family Medicine Residencies

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Southern Ocean Receives $1 Million to Expand Cardiac Cath Lab

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What you need to know Southern Ocean Medical Center received a gift of $1 million from Michael Armellino to be used toward the expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization/Interventional Radiology Lab. Expansion of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory The upgrades to the

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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: Southern Region June 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Evgeniya Angelova, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology (Board Certified -Hematopathology, Anatomic & Clinical Pathology) Kathryn Bernabe, M.D. – Locum Tenens, Surgery/Pediatric (Board Certified -Surgery, Pediatric Surgery) Alaukik Bhasin, D.O. – Locum Tenens, Psychiatry

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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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New Jersey’s Measles Outbreak Considered Over

All SpecialtiesHackensack University Medical CenterJersey Shore University Medical CenterJohn Theurer Cancer CenterJoseph M. Sanzari Children's HospitalK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterPalisades Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

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: Southern Region May 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Saba Afzal, M.D. – Active Staff, Psychiatry Somto Asuzu, M.D. – Telemedicine Staff, Radiology David Duncan, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Neurology Yair Levy, M.D. – Telemedicine Staff, Radiology Jeffrey Naiman, 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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Southern Ocean Diabetes Program Recognized by the American Diabetes Association

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The Diabetes Self-Management Education Service (DSMES) at Southern Ocean Medical Center has been awarded continued Education Recognition by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) for offering high-quality education services to participants. Education services that receive the ADA’s recognition status meet National

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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: Southern Region April 2019

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterShore Rehabilitation InstituteSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Ye K. Aung, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine/Pediatric; Board Certified, Pediatrics) Vincent Duron, M.D. – Locum Tenens, Surgery/Pediatric; Board Certified, Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Critical Care Extension of temporary privileges as a

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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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Southern Ocean Celebrates Doctors’ Day

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Southern Ocean celebrated Doctors’ Day on March 27 with a breakfast and luncheon in the physician’s lounge. Southern Ocean thanks its physicians for all they do for our hospital and our patients.

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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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Evan Naylor, M.D. Educates Students at Southern Ocean’s Mini Medical School

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Southern Ocean Medical Center recently held the final session of their mini medical school. Evan Naylor, M.D. , internal medicine and hematology physician at Southern Ocean was the keynote speaker at this event and introduced the students to life in

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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: Southern Region March 2019

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Jersey Shore University Medical Center MEDICAL STAFF APPLICATIONS Shehryar Anjum, M.D. – Active Staff, Medicine/Nephrology Kari Colen, M.D. – Active Staff, Surgery/Plastic Kevin Edwards, M.D. – Active Staff, Emergency Medicine Sophia Kotliar, M.D. – Active Staff, Pathology Lisa Zahn, M.D.

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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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CPOE Changes Coming to Southern Ocean

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The Epic go live marks an important change in CPOE policy at Southern Ocean Medical Center. Starting September 30, 2019 written orders for inpatients will no longer be allowed. Telephone orders are to be used sparingly when a provider is

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Workflow Review Sessions: Jersey Shore, Ocean and Southern Ocean

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

During workflow review, team members from Wave 3 campuses worked with the Epic application team to compare their workflows to those in the production Epic environment. Together, they identified any gaps or differences and confirmed clinical or operational transformation opportunities,

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Epic Training Coming Soon: Jersey Shore, Ocean and Southern Ocean

All SpecialtiesJersey Shore University Medical CenterK. Hovnanian Children's HospitalOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

The Epic electronic health record system is coming to Jersey Shore, Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center on September 30, 2019. All Hackensack Meridian Health facilities to be live on Epic by September 2019. Training is Required To

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Epic Terms and Acronyms

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The Epic system brings with it a new set of terms and acronyms. Below are examples of the terms and definitions available on the Let’s Speak Epic page on the Epic Resource Center intranet site. ASAP: The ASAP Emergency Department Information System streamlines

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Flooring Replacement at Southern Ocean

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What you need to know Artisan Flooring will be replacing the flooring on the first floor of Southern Ocean near the cafeteria during the week of February 24. Due to this work, the stair tower closest to the cafeteria, South,

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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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Epic Update: Jersey Shore, Ocean, Southern Ocean: October 13 Go Live

Jersey Shore University Medical CenterOcean Medical CenterSouthern Ocean Medical Center

What you need to know Jersey Shore Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center and Southern Ocean Medical Center will go live on Epic on October 13. How Epic will streamline how we share patient data Moving to Epic will enable us

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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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Welcome Herbert Kunkle, Jr., M.D., to Southern Ocean Orthopedic Surgery

OrthopedicsPrimary CareSouthern Ocean Medical Center

Herbert L. Kunkle, Jr., M.D.  joined Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center’s orthopedic surgery department. Education and Certifications Dr. Kunkle is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He received his medical degree from Hahnemann Medical College and completed his residency and internship at

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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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