Governor Corzine signs hospital reform bills
Isn’t it a bit too late for “Transparency” at Hoboken University Medical Center?
Hospitals to Be More Strictly Monitored
New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine has signed a package of four bills designed to improve access to health care, protect the uninsured, and strengthen the accountability and transparency of the healthcare delivery system in the state. The legislation was signed Aug. 8 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton.
“The series of hospital reform bills I am signing reflects a reprioritization of New Jersey’s healthcare system,” Corzine said. “These measures, combined with the stabilization fund we formally enacted in June, ensure that there is increased transparency, better financial management, and long-term planning in place for all New Jersey hospitals.”
Keeping community informed
Through A2607 / S1794, each general hospital and state psychiatric hospital is required to annually conduct a public meeting for the community it serves. The goal is to improve communication between a hospital and the community it serves.
(411 Note: You call one meeting per year “improved communication?” That’s BS!)
“Our local hospitals serve as safe havens for the residents who live nearby, and they play a vital role in the communities they serve,” said Sen. Dana Redd (D-Camden, Gloucester), a prime sponsor of S1794. “Hospitals can only continue to provide this necessary care if they are in tune with the needs of residents, so it is imperative that the lines of communication are open between hospital administration and the public.”