Thursday, January 31, 2013
Fox Business report claims Morristown Medical Center's 'Building an ACO' YouTube video mocks patient care access.
A top Morristown Medical Center official criticized a Fox Business report that accused the hospital and Atlantic Health, its parent organization, of mocking patient care access in an amateur video produced to internally encourage doctors to join Accountable Care Organizations--part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare. The Jan. 30 report, by Fox Business reporter Elizabeth MacDonald, claims the video makes fun of health care access, telling its audience they can make more money for doctors and hospitals by preventing patients from being readmitted to hospitals. Doctors are shown blocking the door of a hospital, "to stop patients from being readmitted for more care, dollar bills exchanging hands …
Monday, January 14, 2013
Still, while the numbers are great, this season's epidemic does not match level of brutal 2009 flu pandemic, doctor says.
If you have not fallen prey this year to the flu or something close to it, consider yourself lucky. For many, 2012-13 has not been kind when it comes to influenza. For some, it has been downright deadly. Deaths caused by the flu in 2013 reached epidemic levels late last week, according to a report in the New York Times, but the government-run Center for Disease Control (CDC) said it may have peaked. Dr. Joel Maslow, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases for Atlantic Health, however, said the answer is not quite so cut-and-dried. "The answer is 'yes' and 'no,'" he said. "If you look at the CDC website the number of reported cases seems to have peaked. [A] report also showed a decrease [around Christmas,] and then went back up." Some …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Parent company of Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Newton Medical Center made announcement Wednesday morning.
And then there were four. Atlantic Health—the parent company for Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, and Newton Medical Center—is bringing Chilton Hospital of Pompton Plains into their network. Joseph Trunfio, Atlantic Health's CEO, and Deborah Zastocki, president and CEO of Chilton Hospital made the announcement via conference call Wednesday morning. “The health care landscape in New Jersey and throughout our nation is changing, and we are changing with it,” Trunfio said in a prepared statement. “Atlantic Health System and Chilton have assessed how our hospitals might partner to best serve current and future patients and enhance the health status of the communities we serve. We have concluded a merger is the best…
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
American Cancer Society 'cancer prevention study 3' to monitor 300,000 volunteers over several decades.
The mayor of Madison called out his fellow regional leaders Tuesday. But, don't expect a political bloodbath. Bob Conley, also as vice president of operations for the Madison Area YMCA, was one of several speakers at a press conference at Morristown Medical Center announcing a new cancer prevention study, which calls for volunteers between ages 30 and 65 to be monitored over the next several decades. That study, CPS-3, will collect blood samples from volunteers who have never been diagnosed with cancer and "help researchers better understand the lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors that cause or prevent cancer," according to an American Cancer Society statement, which also calls the campaign a "historic cancer research effort." "I …
Monday, October 1, 2012
Planning Board agreed to adjust condition of nearly decade-old approval.
Nineteen is better than nothing. That was the point being presented to the Planning Board Thursday night when the attorney for Atlantic Health System—the parent company of Morristown Medical Center—presented the board with a proposal that would see 19 already-built residences become affordable housing units. The compromise stems from approvals in 2004 and 2005 by the town which saw additions to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center and the JCP&L parking garage. As part of those approvals, AHS would provide an affordable housing component in nearby Franklin Village, which the company owns. That affordable housing component of the approval would have gone toward the town's state requirements under its Council on Affordable Housing. However, as …
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Atlantic Health is the parent company for Morristown Medical Center.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Atlantic Health, whose affiliated hospitals include Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, and Newton Medical Center in Newton, has partnered with CVS' "Minute Clinic" program, in select locations in Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Union counties, and parts of Essex County. The press release is below: MinuteClinic, the retailhealth care division of CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) and Atlantic Health System,one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey comprised ofMorristown Medical Center, Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Overlook Medical Centerin Summit, N.J. and Newton Medical Center have entered into a clinical affiliationto enhance access to high quality, affordable health care services in Northernand Central …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Morristown Medical Center's favorite football team has been mentioned in light of living legend's release from the Colts.
While around these parts, one Manning has gained a lot more attention (especially this year), there is another Manning who, once upon a time, dominated the conversation. Peyton Manning will dominate the convo once again now that he has been released by the Indianapolis Colts after 14 seasons, and after spending the entirety of 2011 on Injured Reserve because of neck surgeries. And, though Eli Manning has become the darling of the New York/New Jersey region, here in Morristown (specifically, Morristown Medical Center and its parent, Atlantic Health), it has been the Jets that have been given the most love, since the hospital system is the official health care provider for the football team. That's why we are asking today whether you think …