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How Job Stress Can Age Us

I noticed my first gray hair during my medical residency. It sneaked up on me at the end of a long, frenzied shift — one of those nights when Murphy’s Law seems stronger than the law of gravity. Two of my patients did slip and fall, though, so Newton made a strong showing too.

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How Medicare Ruined American Healthcare

Medicare ushered in the greatest explosion of medical advances in the history of mankind for twenty years, but it also guaranteed the destruction of the hallmark of our system: the physician as a patient advocate.

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What You Need To Know About Cassidy's Efforts To Address Surprise Medical Billing

Yesterday, Fox 8 News in New Orleans had a story on a bill moving on Capitol Hill that would address the issue of surprise medical billing, something lots of Americans are familiar with as an unwanted aftereffect of a hospital visit.  

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NJ Spotlight: Menendez, Booker, Pascrell, Gottheimer Announce Legislation to Fight New Jersey's Doctor Shortage

Today, Monday, July 15, 2019, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (NJ), U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ), U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell (NJ-9), and U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced legislation to fight New Jersey’s doctor shortage by increasing graduate medical education slots for hospitals.  

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Insurer skips doctors and sends massive checks to patients, prompting million-dollar lawsuit

(CNN)A woman received nearly $375,000 from her insurance company over several months for treatment she received at a California rehabilitation facility. A man received more than $130,000 after he sent his fiancée's daughter for substance abuse treatment.

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Lagana-Gopal bill would correct some unintended consequences of landmark bill passed this summer

When Gov. Phil Murphy signed the out-of-network law on June 1, some applauded the new administration for ending the nearly decade-long struggle to try to define how insurers pay doctors for services. And while the bill has helped on the issue, it also has caused confusion and acrimony — and created some unintended consequences. Some critics said the law has heavily favored insurance companies and took negotiating power away from doctors who are not “in network” — and that the law was a strategy to force doctors into networks. And both sides have accused each other of attempting to manipulate the process in their favor while awaiting more definitive regulations from the Department of Insurance and Banking.  

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Star-Ledger: What New Jersey can do to address doctor shortage

Read this op-ed as it originally appeared on nj.com. The Star-Ledger recently reported that lawmakers in Washington are looking to close a decades old loophole that is leading to a doctor shortage in New Jersey.  While New Jersey's Congressional delegation should be praised for their efforts to overturn the cap on Medicare-funded slots for doctors in training, it is only one of the reasons why New Jersey residents are losing access to medical doctors and surgeons.

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NJSpotlight: Governor Signs Nation's Strongest Law on ‘Suprise' Medical Bills

Read this article as it originally appeared on NJSpotlight.com Advocates for patients, senior citizens, labor unions, and businesses hailed Gov. Phil Murphy’s signing of a complex and controversial measure designed to curb the impact of costly “surprise” medical bills in New Jersey. Supporters said the law, nearly 10 years in the making, is the strongest of its kind nationwide.

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Atlantic City Press: Murphy signs bill to close loopholes in surprise medical bills

Read this article as it originally appeared in The Press of Atlantic City For New Jersey residents who have ever been burdened with "surprise" out-of-network medical bills, a new law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy Friday is meant to better protect patients in the future.

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ROI-NJ: Sarlo, in letter to Muoio, asks N.J. to look into details of health insurance contracts

Read this article as it appeared in ROI-NJ on April 30, 2018 Reining in health care costs continues to be a challenge for many corporations and self-funded plans. The story isn’t any different for the state of New Jersey, the largest employer in the state. State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D-Wood-Ridge) is trying to find new solutions — and potentially hundreds of millions of dollars in savings for the state — by addressing the issue in a different way: Paying closer attention to how the state pays its contracted plan managers.

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