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State of NJ's Health on NJTV Wednesday

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NJTV, New Jersey's public television network, premieres the second program in its four-part town hall series, The State of NJ's Health.

The episode, recorded at the Rutgers iTV studio in Piscataway earlier this month and entitled The State of NJ's Health: Healthcare Hot Spots, premieres Wednesday, June 25 at 8 pm, with encore presentations on July 5 at 1 pm and July 6 at 6 pm on NJTV (check local listings).

Hosted by veteran journalist and newly-announced anchor of NJTV News, Mary Alice Williams, this hour-long town hall discussion examines the challenges surrounding public access to primary health care in the age of the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations. Expert panelists engage in dialogue before an audience of key stakeholders, health and healthcare practitioners and the general public.

Healthcare Hot Spots participants assess a variety of local primary healthcare issues, including the use of hospital emergency departments as primary-care facilities and ways New Jerseyans are pioneering to cut health care costs and improve overall access to primary healthcare.

The program includes discussion with the founder of two North Jersey clinics that reach out into various communities to offer residents primary care and looks at Atlantic City's Special Care Center, a hospital clinic meant to divert patients out of hospital emergency rooms to give them the long-term care and guidance they need to reduce their reliance on emergency visits. It also highlights MacArthur Genius Award-winner Dr. Jeffrey Brenner's use of hospital data to identify where Camden's sickest patients are, with a goal to get them better care than emergency departments can offer.

The State of NJ's Health: Healthcare Hot Spots is a production of NJTV and is made possible by major funding by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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