Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BREAKING: Welcome Trader Joe's to Hoboken!

The Hoboken City Council approved Trader Joe's coming to Hoboken.

The special meeting tonight featured weightng the issue and terms as part of an off schedule meeting.
The location will be upper Clinton St. at 13th.

9:33 PM - A number of Hoboken residents report power outages. Maxwell Place and upper Hudson among them.

While power is returning, PATH service is reported down too.

Horizon on hospital contract termination: Hold on a second!

An announcement from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey:

CarePoint Health Terminated Bayonne Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center Contracts With Horizon

(Newark, NJ, April 26, 2016) – Two hospitals owned by the for-profit CarePoint Health company, Bayonne Hospital and Hoboken University Medical Center, will end their longstanding relationship with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ) in the next 45 days. CarePoint Health terminated, without cause, both contracts and refused reimbursement increases offered by Horizon BCBSNJ, the state’s largest health insurer.

CarePoint Health withdrew Christ Hospital in Jersey City from Horizon BCBSNJ’s network on June 1, 2015. CarePoint is terminating Bayonne’s in-network status effective May 1, 2016 and Hoboken University Medical Center effective June 1, 2016.  As of that date, all of CarePoint Health’s facilities and providers will be out-of-network.

In accordance with New Jersey state regulations, Horizon BCBSNJ has sent notices to members in the Hudson County area advising that the facilities will no longer be in Horizon BCBSNJ’s hospital network.  Horizon BCBSNJ members will be subject to higher out-of pocket costs when using the CarePoint facilities as a result. 

“There has been some confusion about who is responsible for the termination, but the facts are clear: CarePoint Health notified us last year that they were exercising their right to terminate the contract without cause,” said Kevin McArdle, Public Affairs Manager for Horizon BCBSNJ. “We have put forward a number of reasonable offers to CarePoint and continue to hope that they will return to the negotiating table,” McArdle added.

Horizon BCNSNJ is committed to lowering healthcare costs for New Jersey residents and remains open to discuss an acceptable rate structure with CarePoint.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state’s oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at www.HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.

JC - Hoboken clash: It's about pah-kin'

Yesterday's grist smoked them out in the open. That's the official story and we're sticking to it.

It's rare being on the wrong side of the accuracy ledger, even in the popular rumor column "Grist for the Mill" but the brewing enchilada of conflict between Jersey City and Hoboken as it turns out may actually be about differences in bike share programs after all.

A source close to the Jersey City mayor's office came out of the cold to rue over the dynamics of Horse's grist and pointed to the conflict between the selection of two different bike share companies for the Hudson neighbors.

"Zimmer decided to go with the cheaper one," said the source referencing Hudson Bike Share.

When push came to shove, Mayor Steve Fulop in Jersey City opted "out" some will say but he elected it would be better to have residents have the option of using the same bike share program: Citibike, as the one available in Manhattan.

Apparently the allure of Citibike led to Jersey City changing its initial plan to join Hoboken and roll out with Hudson Bike Share as originally announced in 2014.

The scuffle apparently ensued when the neighboring towns saw each of its respective bike share companies seek parking access at each of their downtown PATH stations.

No one thought it a problem but when Jersey City asked about allowing access to Hoboken's PATH station, Hudson Bike Share reportedly said no. It placed Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer with a difficult hand asking for a one-sided agreement.

Which led to a reciprocal response recently enacted by the Jersey City City Council. Hoboken's Hudson Bike Share is not allowed to park its bikes in Jersey City bike racks.

Hoboken City Hall declined comment.

Talking Ed Note: Perhaps it really is too soon to talk about the NJ governor's race and the conflict is all about "pah-kin," the bike share kind.

Who would've thunk it?

Unrelated: It's a good day to schedule a mani and pedi, no? Well this horse thinks so.