North Cape May Prescription Drug Takeback Day; $636 Million in Funding for New Jersey’s Hospitals

Source: Cape May County Herald
On April 28, the Lower Township Police Department and Lower Township Healthy Youth Coalition will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
On that day, officers will be at the entrance to the Acme Market, located in the Bayshore Mall, at 3845 Bayshore Rd., North Cape May from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During that time, residents can turn in any unwanted or expired prescription medicines or drugs to police officers. The program is anonymous and individuals disposing of medications will not be required to produce identification.
In addition to this one day annual event, Lower Township residents and visitors can dispose of any unwanted or expired prescription medications, at any time, in the Project Medicine Drop disposal box, located at the Lower Township Police Department, in the Cape May County Airport Complex.
If the prescription drugs are disposed of in their original container, residents are encouraged to remove the prescription label if it contains any personal identifying information. Liquid products, such as cough medicines, should remain sealed in their original containers. Syringes and other sharp instruments will not be accepted.
Any questions or concerns may be directed to Lower Township Police Department at (609) 886-1619, or Steve Selby of the Lower Township Healthy Youth Coalition at (609) 522-5960.

The New Jersey Department of Health released the fiscal year 2019 hospital charity care and Graduate Medical Education (GME) funding distribution, which is part of more than $636 million in hospital funding provided in Gov. Murphy’s proposed budget.
“The Department is committed to supporting New Jersey’s hospitals’ efforts to provide uncompensated care to our uninsured residents,” stated New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal in a release. “This funding also provides for essential training of physicians to boost the healthcare workforce.”
The proposed budget includes $252 million for charity care, which is distributed to all 70 acute care hospitals and one specialty hospital in the State and is used to support hospitals’ delivery of free or reduced cost hospital care for low-income, uninsured patients. The distribution of charity care is primarily based on the percentage of uncompensated care provided by each hospital and the proportion of each hospital’s patients who receive Medicaid.
Additionally, 46 hospitals participate in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP), now in its seventh year. DSRIP rewards hospitals for improved quality of care and is funded at $166.6 million. GME, which is funded at $218 million and is distributed to 43 acute care hospitals in the State, supports the growth of hospital-based physician teaching programs in the State.

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