Governor Corzine signs hospital reform bills

8/11/2008:

Isn’t it a bit too late for “Transparency” at Hoboken University Medical Center?

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From Nurse.com:

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.”

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14 Comments on "Governor Corzine signs hospital reform bills"

realstuff
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realstuff

Heard that 10% of the bond $ was spent on operating expenses.
Can anyone verify this?

YipYap
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Anyone know the financial status of the Hoboken University Medical Center?

Seems Hackensack Medical Center has been losing 15 million annually and now is laying off 125 workers and selling off it’s profitable home health care business.

Hackensack Hospital is the busiest hospital in the State, if they are losing money than Hoboken University Medical Center has to be in the red as well.

From the Record.

“In a survey of half the state’s hospitals released this year, 45 percent reported laying off employees in 2008, with 21 percent anticipating layoffs this year, the association reported.

Since 2007, 10 hospitals have closed in New Jersey, including Pascack Valley in Westwood, Barnert Hospital in Paterson and PBI Regional Medical Center in Passaic. St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic filed for bankruptcy in March.

Mayor Zimmer and City Council, the Hoboken residents are on the hook for the 52 million in bonds that kept the Hospital open. What is the current financial outlook for the Hoboken University Medical Center?

honcho
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honcho

I’m more concerned with the lack of financial disclosure and the increased borrowing to pay operating expenses pursued by HUMC.

How about a simple audited financial statement including a one year income statement, a balance sheet, and a business plan from Harvey and Joanie that doesn’t include additional borrowing!!!

Chop!Chop!

:mrgreen:

bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”98846″]My favorite general doctors are the older ones who may have no idea how to type let alone use a computer, but who have memory and intuition. The accounting office at a hospital needs to have tech knowledge, but I wouldn’t demand it from a doctor operating alone in private practice. It wouldn’t even enter into the decision.[/quote]

i’m not saying i demand it i guess, but i’d really like to see doctors move towards it, because it will contribute to reducing the overhead. i recently saw a stat about the VA and how they cut transaction time from 9 minutes to like, 30 seconds, because of their new IT systems in place. having a friend who worked as a pharmacist on an air force base and now is in retail, he said the VA system was great. his system didn’t work well with it because they have an older infrastructure, but it still helped make his job easier and more efficient.

i understand the risks associated with IT and securing data (hell, it’s my job), but there are so many benefits and areas to reduce costs in this particular industry, that i just don’t understand why people won’t move towards it.

bradykp
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bradykp

[quote comment=”98851″]yeah yeah technology will be so great, technology will make all our lives so wonderful…technology gave you the MBS models that are nothiing but assumptions and now have our economy in the sh1tter. and brady…you are only paranoid if you are afraid something will happen that could screw you and other people don’t believe you…you’re not paranoid if you see it actually HAPPEN and don’t want to get F’d yourself![/quote]

true. so i’m assuming you carry no credit cards/debit cards and only use cash? anyone with any sort of technology can get screwed. i see the worry about health records, but there’s no reason for the data to not be secure.

again….what’s the difference between a bunch of paper or everything being on a computer? it saves space and energy, and is easier to sort through.

if the computer is not hooked up to an external network, then there’s nowhere the data can go right? honest question

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