HACKENSACK, N.J.—Hackensack University Medical Center and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center announced a “far-reaching partnership” to expand the New Jersey hospitals' services and clinical programs. The 703-bed HUMC and 111-bed Hackettstown Regional said they signed an affiliation agreement, under which officials will look to expand some medical specialties, the hospitals said in a news release. HUMC will support services at Hackettstown Regional and boost the smaller hospital's diagnostic, treatment and technology programs, the release said. HUMC will also support specialty care programs such as obstetrics and oncology.
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ALBANY, N.Y.—Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will appoint a team of up to 25 healthcare and business experts, state employees, consumer advocates and political leaders to review the state's Medicaid budget and operations. Cuomo used an executive order to create what he called a Medicaid redesign team, which must submit its first recommendations March 1 for the state's 2011-12 fiscal year budget. Cuomo named Jason Helgerson, the state's Medicaid director, to head the redesign team. The executive order calls for the team to review Medicaid spending and use; analyze the program's regulations and identify possible resources, including those available under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The team will also consider successful efforts to improve Medicaid quality and efficiency and possible restructuring of New York's Medicaid program.
BUFFALO, N.Y.—Kaleida Health said steel construction has been completed on a four-story nursing home in Buffalo. The $64 million project, once complete in 2012, will replace two long-term-care facilities scheduled to close in the next two years. Kaleida Health will consolidate and reduce its nursing home capacity by closing the Deaconess Center, a free-standing long-term-care facility with 242 beds, and the nursing home unit at the Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital, which has 75 beds, the system said in a news release. Construction began on the 300-bed replacement nursing home last August. Kaleida Health is also building a heart and vascular institute.
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