RED BANK: MURPHY TOUTS LOWER COSTS

Governor Phil Murphy appeared at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank Friday to tout an expected drop in healthcare insurance costs for New Jersey customers of Obamacare. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: RIVERVIEW PENALIZED

rivvu lights 120815 2The entrance to Riverview Medical Center as seen earlier this month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank’s Riverview Medical Center was ranked among the worst hospitals in the nation at preventing illnesses and injuries in their facilities, according to a government report issued last week.

As a result, Riverview and three other Monmouth and Ocean county hospitals will lose one percent of their Medicare reimbursements for the fiscal year that started in October under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

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SANDY HOOK CLOSED IN FEDERAL SHUTDOWN

sandy hook 2 031312Among the more visible manifestations of the federal government shutdown that began Tuesday was the closure of Gateway National Park at Sandy Hook. The Star-Ledger reports that park rangers will be “turning beach-goers and bicyclists away” at the entrance. The New York Times has a graphic showing who stays home and who continues working by federal agency. (Click to enlarge)