Joe Masciandaro, President and CEO of CarePlus NJ, presenting at the Good Care Site Visit March 4, 2016

Good Care Site Visit to CarePlus New Jersey

The Good Care Collaborative (GCC) met in Paramus, New Jersey, on Friday, March 4, for a site visit to CarePlus New Jersey. They are a leading provider of integrated primary and behavioral health and operates the state’s first Behavioral Health Home. In 2016, the GCC is focused on building educational awareness of the role of behavioral health on physical health and specifically highlighting the impact of integrated care. Good Care site visits are an opportunity to celebrate some of the the state’s best examples of high quality, patient-centered, integrated, and efficient care.  

CarePlus New Jersey offers combined primary care and behavioral health, as well as job training, housing and wellness programs, to its 3,500 currently enrolled patients. As Valerie Mielke, Assistant Commissioner for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, noted in her keynote address, integrated care is important because patients’ lives are at stake: patients with behavioral health and/or substance abuse disorders are more likely to die prematurely from untreated chronic conditions.

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Published on March 14th, 2016

Celebrating the Release of the Improved Medicaid Transportation RFP

After hearing too many first-hand stories of how the Medicaid non-emergency transportation system had failed Medicaid beneficiaries and their providers time and time again, Camden Churches Organized for People (CCOP), Faith in New Jersey (FINJ), and the Camden Coalition for Healthcare Providers, working with the statewide action committee Good Care Collaborative (GCC), took action. Over the last several years the organizations worked together with patients and their families to advocate for significant improvements in non-emergency Medicaid transportation (NEMT) in New Jersey.

A Request for Proposal (RFP) for the new NEMT contract has just been released by the state, and we are pleased to announce that several recommendations put forth by the collaborating organizations are included. The recommendations incorporated into the final RFP include: requiring GPS tracking and data capture systems in 90 percent of the contractor’s vehicles, documenting and resolving patient complaints in a standardized and robust manner, lowering ‘will call’ wait time from 90 to 60 minutes, and contacting ride beneficiaries a day ahead of time to confirm pickup time and location.

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Published on January 12th, 2016

Save the date for a celebration of South Jersey’s Housing First pilot project

Housing for Health Public Event
December 9, 2015
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Center
1865 Harrison Ave.
Camden, NJ

Thanks to the generous support of the Department of Community Affairs, Camden County Freeholders, Senate President Stephen Sweeney, Assembly Majority Leader Louis Greenwald, the Virtua Foundation, and Cooper University Healthcare, 50 chronically homeless, frequently-hospitalized individuals will receive housing and supportive services in South Jersey.

Join us in celebrating the launch of this exciting program, as community partners Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, South Jersey Behavioral Health Resources, St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society, Oaks Integrated Care and the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers come together in an effort to end chronic homelessness and provide better care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens.

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Published on November 6th, 2015

Good Care Needs Good Data: Please support Bill S3220 to establish an iPHD

Sponsored by Senators Sweeney, O’Toole, and Vitale

We thank Senators Sweeney, O’Toole and Vitale for their support and commitment to S3220, which establishes a statewide-integrated population health database (iPHD).

The GCC believes that integrated data will support innovation and smart policy-making, positioning the state to become a national model for delivering good care for every patient, every day. This legislation will create a statewide iPHD, which provides the infrastructure to link health data with social data for research purposes, on a project-by-project basis, while protecting the privacy and security of the data.

The iPHD will aid in improving health outcomes and reducing costs by allowing us to understand forces both within and outside the health service sectors that impact a person’s health. Continue reading

Published on November 6th, 2015

Call to Action: Medicaid Transportation

Medicaid patients, consumer advocates and stakeholders from across New Jersey have been waiting too long for the state to release its Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation (NEMT) contract. Although the Department of Human Services has been responsive in seeking public input and pushing the RFP’s release, the Treasury Department appears unmotivated to take action and release the RFP.

The period to submit public comment ended over 14 months ago. We expect the new RFP to require a much higher level of service, including improvements in technology and transparency. Yet these progressive changes sit on a shelf while beneficiaries continue to suffer under the current system. Poor access to transportation leads to poor access to care and ultimately impacts a person’s health. It also creates waste in the system. The state and taxpayers are ultimately paying for services that patients deserve but are not getting. New Jersey can do better. Continue reading

Published on November 6th, 2015