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2020 New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition Board of Directors Officers Elected

NJPCAC Member News on January 13th, 2021 No Comments

The New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition Board has reelected its 2020 officers at its annual meeting in New Brunswick on February 20th.

NJPCAC Works to Rescind Horizon Ultrasound Policy

Legislation, Press Releases on June 12th, 2019 No Comments

Since it first learned in late April of a surprise announcement by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield to implement a new policy to impose Medical Necessity Determinations (MND) on various ultrasound services, the New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition has been working virtually non-stop to reverse this illadvised decision.

2019 New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition Board of Directors Officers Elected

NJPCAC Member News on June 12th, 2019 No Comments

The New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition Board of Directors elected its 2019 officers at its annual meeting in New Brunswick on February 7th. From left: Dr. Patrick Ciccone, Treasurer, Dr. Steven Orland, Secretary, Dr. Robert Gialanella, Chairman, Dr. Alan Krieger, Vice-Chairman.

NJPCAC Awarded $15K Grant from Digestive Health Physicians Association

NJPCAC Member News on June 11th, 2019 No Comments

Thanks to the efforts of NJPCAC Board member Dr. Nadeem Baig, the Coalition was awarded a grant of $15,000 from the Digestive Health Physicians Association (DHPA) for the Coalition’s “ongoing advocacy efforts … to modernize New Jersey’s physician self-referral law.” The DHPA created its State Health Policy Action Fund “to support legislative and regulatory efforts […]

NJPCAC Leadership Meets with Assembly Health Committee Chairman on Key Issues

Legislation on June 11th, 2019 No Comments

NJPCAC President and Chairman Dr. Bob Gialanella, Vice Chairman Dr. Alan Krieger, Counsel Howard Rubin and lobbyist Don Sico met with Dr. Herb Conaway, Chairman of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee on April 29th in New Brunswick. The group discussed two key issues with the Chairman: Maintenance of Certification and a new ultrasound […]

New Jersey was Right

Legislation, Press Releases on June 12th, 2017 No Comments

New Jersey became the first state in the nation to formally oppose the draft recommendation made by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that healthy men should no longer receive prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood tests as part of routine cancer screening.  The joint resolution requesting the U.S. Congress to seek the withdrawal of the USPSTF’s […]

2018 New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition Board of Directors Officers Elected

NJPCAC Member News on February 9th, 2017 No Comments

The New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition Board of Directors elected its 2018 officers at its annual meeting in New Brunswick on February 28th.

Update from Trenton

Legislation, NJPCAC Member News on November 29th, 2016 No Comments

Two of NJPCAC’s priority issues are heating up in Trenton as Legislators tackle an aggressive pre-holiday agenda. The Out of Network issue and the NJPCAC-led initiative to reform New Jersey’s “Codey Act” to allow for value-based/alternative payment model health care are expected to see action.

Out of Network Bill

Legislation, NJPCAC Member News on November 29th, 2016 No Comments

UPDATE: On Monday, December 5th, the sponsor of the bill, Senator Joe Vitale, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, delayed action on the legislation to give stakeholders more time to reach a compromise. Brand new coalitions have been created in recent weeks to both support and oppose out of network reform. Horizon Blue Cross Blue […]

Codey Act Reform

Legislation on November 29th, 2016 No Comments

UPDATE: An identical bill (A4334) introduced in the Assembly by Dr. Herb Conaway, Chairman of the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, was unanimously and favorably reported from that committee on December 5th. The vote was 13-0 with no abstentions and no absent members. Legislation advanced by the New Jersey Patient Care and Access Coalition […]