HUDSON COUNTY — CarePoint Health announced that it has reached a new three-year rate agreement with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ). The agreement also ends all pending litigation between CarePoint Health and Horizon BCBSNJ. Effective Oct. 1, CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center, CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital in Jersey City and CarePoint Health-Hoboken University Medical Center will return to the Horizon Hospital Network.Please always call your insurance or medical provider to confirm any information as to whether they will accept your insurance.The new rate agreement means that Horizon BCBSNJ members for all products, including the NJ State Health Benefits Program (SHBP), will once again be able to access CarePoint health care facilities on an in-network basis, including elective and emergency procedures, starting October 1, 2017.“We are excited to partner with Horizon to move healthcare forward in Northern New Jersey,” said CarePoint Health CEO, Jeff Mandler. “This agreement allows CarePoint to continue to invest in our people and infrastructure while ensuring care for the most vulnerable among us,” Mandler said.“We’re pleased about reaching a new rate agreement with CarePoint, which will provide our members with additional options for in-network health care services,” said Allen J. Karp, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Management for Horizon. ×BACK ON TRACK – CarePoint which operates three hospitals in Hudson County has come to an agreement with the state’s largest insurance company. BACK ON TRACK – CarePoint which operates three hospitals in Hudson County has come to an agreement with the state’s largest insurance company.
Despite world-class hospitals and an army of highly trained medical personnel, the local health establishment doesn’t have the excess “surge” capacity to handle a flu pandemic outbreak.And Boston isn’t alone. A panel of experts on pandemics and public health said Wednesday that not only is such capacity lacking in Boston, it is in short supply around the world and would affect everything from providing beds for the sick to the ability to make and distribute vaccines.“There’s just little wiggle room in today’s health care system,” said Anita Barry, the director of Boston’s Infectious Disease Bureau.Barry spoke at the Harvard School of Public Health as part of a discussion about whether heath specialists are ready to handle the next pandemic. Though many people are thinking hard about the problem and keeping an eye on worrisome developments, such as a bird flu outbreak in China that has killed 45 and an outbreak of the SARS-like Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that has killed 64, the global capacity to handle a major outbreak is still a work in progress.The discussion, held by The Forum at Harvard School of Public Health, was presented in collaboration with Public Radio International’s “The World” and WGBH, and was part of the Forum’s Andelot Series on Current Science Controversies.Joining Barry at the event were Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology and director of HSPH’s Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics; Klaus Stohr, vice president and global head of influenza franchises for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics; and Robert Huebner, director of the Influenza Division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. The moderator was Peter Thomson, environment editor for PRI’s “The World.”Lipsitch provided an overview on pandemics, saying that to qualify, a virus has to be both easily transmissible between humans and new to the human immune system. The last flu pandemic occurred in 2009, with the H1N1 virus. The 2002-2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was caused by a coronavirus and killed more than 700.Much of the event focused on flu, as past pandemics have killed millions. Vaccines are the best protection against a new flu virus. Though technology has improved production, it still takes weeks to create a new flu vaccine, months to get it to the public, and as long as a year to make it widely available around the world, Stohr said. Vaccine production remains dependent on the industrial capacity used to produce seasonal flu vaccine, and developing nations’ lack of capacity won’t change any time soon.The news isn’t all bad, however. Stohr said there are new technologies on the horizon that can cut initial vaccine development to just a week from the current four to six weeks. It may take as long as a decade, but other production technologies are being developed that may make it affordable to build and maintain idle capacity in case of a pandemic.Huebner, whose organization’s mission is to speed promising new technology to market in case of a pandemic, pointed to new ways to make vaccines and new types of medical devices, such as ventilators to help people in respiratory distress, as promising fields of research.In addition to technological tools, public health officials are armed with low-tech options, such as surveillance of current threats and closing schools and other gathering places to stop the spread of disease.Barry cautioned that such measures have to be implemented with an understanding of the potential effects — parents working jobs that don’t provide sick days may be forced to choose between staying home with their child and the income needed to provide for their families, she pointed out. In such a case, a child could be left home alone or sent to a day care where he or she would still be exposed to others or, worse, potentially carry infection to a new group of children.Careful deliberation over implementation is important, she stressed. Recommendations that public health workers wear specific masks during the 2009 bird flu outbreak worked well in hospitals, for example, but in schools, health workers didn’t have masks and were still faced with lines of sick students. Such measures have to be communicated well or they’ll fail, Barry said. Communicators, in turn, have to strike the right balance between caution and panic.Panelists agreed that national borders — whether closed in an emergency or not — are not a defense against a pandemic. Air transportation, for one, settles that. One study of closing borders in the United Kingdom estimated that it would slow the spread of a pandemic only by days.“It’s a global problem, we have to face it,” Lipsitch said.The event was covered via webcast.
When everybody was watching Ohio State beat Oregon, the North Dakota State Bisons of the FCS (Football Championship Series) division of college football won their 4th straight championship. They defeated Illinois State 29-27 in a thriller where lead changes were the rule.The Bisons did this despite having a new coach this year. Their first 3 championships were under Craig Bohl who left the North Dakota school for Wyoming of the BCS (Bowl Championship Series). They won their 4th championship this year under Coach Chris Klieman.Another interesting aspect of this game was Illinois State’s coach, Brack Spack. Spack was the defensive coordinator under Joe Tiller at Purdue. Many Purdue fans wanted him as their head coach when Tiller retires. However, in Purdue’s usual style, they passed over one of their own when a head job came open, so he went to Illinois State. When other schools play for or win championships, Purdue’s teams finish last.
After losing by controversial doctor’s stoppage against Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in December 2000, Emelianenko (38-5, one no contest) went on a nine-year unbeaten streak where he accumulated a record of 27-0-1 from April 2001 until June 2010. During the run, Emelianenko defeated four former UFC champions, one Pride champion, one former and two future K-1 champions and two Olympic medalists with 21 of those wins coming via stoppage. Emelianenko also won the Pride heavyweight championship and held onto it from March 2003 until the company folded in 2007. This unbelievable streak came to end when former UFC heavyweight Fabricio Werdum submitted Emelianenko in the first round. It’s been a bit of struggle for Emelianenko since then, going 7-3. “The Last Emperor” gets another shot at gold on Saturday in the main event at Bellator 214 when he faces off with light heavyweight titleholder Ryan Bader in the finals of the heavyweight grand prix with the winner emerging as the champion. For Bader, his career will continue on after Bellator 214. For Emelianenko, this is very likely his last stand.MORE: Join DAZN and watch Bellator 214Although he never competed in the UFC, it’s hard to take anything away from Emelianenko’s stellar career, which saw him dominate the best heavyweights of his era. There will always be questions regarding what would have happened if Fedor competed in the UFC. Once Pride folded, the UFC had the cream of the crop in the heavyweight division. Who wouldn’t have wanted to see Emelianenko taking on the likes of Brock Lesnar, Randy Couture and Cain Velasquez? Unfortunately, the two sides could never come to an agreement, which left the legacy of Fedor with a massive question mark. We have heard the stories about meetings on a secluded island, record-breaking contract offers, Emelianenko not liking how UFC president Dana White treated his fighters and not wanting to co-promote with his M-1 Global promotion. The truth likely lays somewhere in the middle on what really happened.Emelianenko has struggled since he turned down the overtures from White. Some of that has to do with Fedor facing stiff competition with Fabricio Werdum, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Dan Henderson handing The Last Emperor losses. Another factor was Father Time, who had its way with Fedor along with the wear and tear he accumulated in wars against the likes of Mirko Crop and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira (three times) during his time in Pride. Emelinenko is 42-years-old and isn’t getting any getting younger.All of the setbacks haven’t prevented Emelianenko from becoming a mega-star in the United States. He still receives a hero’s welcome whenever his image is shown at an event he’s attending or when he makes the walk to the cage before a fight. And it will be no different when he takes on Bader at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Bader (26-5) is a heavy favorite heading into the fight and rightfully so. He’s 10-1 in his past 11 fights and made it look easy in the process. A win makes “Darth” the first fighter in Bellator history to hold two belts simultaneously. Bellator 214 should signal the end of one of the most storied careers in mixed martial arts. Emelianenko can go out like John Elway and Peyton Manning in winning a championship in one of his final performances. However, a loss would also signify there’s nothing left to do. He has accomplished all that he could in his career while earning enough money to last him for a couple of lifetimes. Win, lose or draw when Emelianenko is sitting in his locker room and getting dressed after Bellator 214, he should grab his white cowboy hat, walk out of the arena, get on the white horse and ride off into the sunset without looking back. On May 21, 2000, Fedor Emelianenko competed in his first MMA bout, defeating Martin Lazarov by first-round submission at Rings Russia: Russia vs. Bulgaria. No one knew what to expect from the stoic looking individual from Stary Oskol, Russia coming out of that bout. But what the world ended up getting is arguably the greatest heavyweight in the history of mixed martial arts. He truly has nothing left to prove.