Medical Society Launches Insurance Denial Registry

The Lawrenceville-based Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) has announced the launch of a new insurance denial registry for physicians and physician office staff in New Jersey.

Tracking denials of healthcare to resident will help the society identify areas for advocacy and areas where the process for patients and providers can be improved.

“Contributing to the registry is quick and easy for a busy practice,” said MSNJ president Philip Kline. “Our hope is that the data collected through this registry can serve as a way to identify trends in denials of care to patients and payment to physicians.”

The registry is designed for medical practices. Patients may file complaints through the registry directly with the New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance. All contributions are confidential.

“This registry further demonstrates MSNJ’s ongoing commitment to improving the overall healthcare landscape for physicians and patients throughout the state,” said Larry Downs, CEO of MSNJ. “We hope that all New Jersey physicians and their practices will recognize its importance and be willing to contribute freely to the registry should any denial issues arise.”

For more information visit www.msnj.org/denialregistry.

Medical Society of New Jersey, 2 Princess Road, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-896-1766. Larry Downs, CEO. www.msnj.org.

CIS, Rutgers Partner to Help Families

Community Investment Strategies, a Lawrence-based real estate firm, and Rutgers’ School of Social Work have collaborated on a plan to provide resources and opportunities for families in low-income housing facing additional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CIS, which specializes in the development and management of housing for low- and moderate-income demographics, owns more than 3,000 affordable rental units.

“Some of our families were facing extreme difficulties, from food insecurity to an inability of parents to manage their children’s virtual education,” CIS founder Christina Foglio noted in a statement. “Others had limited capacity for quarantining if anyone in the family had been exposed to COVID.”

To assist, an arrangement was made for 10 Rutgers students pursuing their master’s in social work to be placed in these communities to conduct the field work that is required to achieve that degree.

Services to be provided by the students will include ensuring food security, assisting with resources for child supervision and internet access for remote learning, and aiding senior citizens with safety protocols.

Community Investment Strategies, 1970 Brunswick Avenue, Suite 100, Lawrenceville 08648. 609-298-2229. Christina Foglio, founder and CEO. www.cisnj.com.

Expansion

East Windsor officials join Novitium executives for a groundbreaking to celebrate the pharmaceutical company’s expansion of its East Windsor facility.

Novitium Pharma, a company founded in 2016 that focuses on developing and manufacturing generic pharmaceuticals, has begun a 17,760 square foot expansion of its existing East Windsor headquarters.

The addition to its existing 35,963-square-foot facility on Lake Drive is expected to add 10 jobs and allow for the installation of new testing equipment.

“Novitium Pharma’s decision to expand their existing East Windsor facility underscores the vibrancy of our business community, and demonstrates once again the tremendous attraction of the township for high-tech, high-growth, research and development pharmaceutical-related companies,” East Windsor mayor Janice Mironov said in a statement at a groundbreaking ceremony.

Novitium Pharmaceuticals, 70 Lake Drive, East Windsor 08520. Chad Gassert, CEO. www.novitiumpharma.com.

Management Moves

Richard Tang Yuk

The nonprofit Princeton Festival has announced the departure of executive and artistic director Richard Tang Yuk after 16 years at the helm of the annual celebration of opera, theater, and music.

“I am excited to pass the reins to its next leaders and watch the festival continue to thrive and move to the next level,” Tang Yuk said in a statement. “I will forever cherish the great experiences I enjoyed at the festival, which is so dear to my heart.”

Gregory Jon Geehern, the festival’s associate conductor and assistant to the artistic director, has been appointed acting artistic director.

“Everyone associated with the Princeton Festival is sorry to see Richard leave,” said Benedikt von Schröder, chair of the board of trustees. “He was instrumental in building the festival into a major presence in the cultural life of our community and our region. We hope to honor him with a special celebration in the near future.

Under Tang Yuk’s leadership the Princeton Festival grew from two events and four performances in 2004 to 22 performances of eight events plus 20 free lectures and workshops in 2019. This year’s pandemic-altered festival featured a full slate of live and recorded online events.

The Princeton Festival, Box 2063, Princeton 08543. 609-759-1979. www.princetonfestival.org.

Deaths

Peter Paret, 96, on September 11. In 1986 he became a faculty member in the Institute for Advanced Study’s School of Historical Studies, where he was a cultural and intellectual historian focused on the historiography of war as well as the relationship between art, society, and politics.

Stephen F. Cohen, 81, on September 18. He was a professor emeritus of Russian studies at Princeton known for his often controversial views. His final book, “War with Russia?,” was published in 2019.

Ronald V. Dobrowolski, 78, on September 21. He was retired from Trane Inc.

Salvatore Morreale Sr., 88, on September 18. He worked for 31 years as a machinist and maintenance foreman with the Homasote Company.

Josephine K. Donovan, 92, on September 18. She worked for the New Jersey State Fire Safety Bureau.

Donald P. Nuels, 75, on September 18. He was the owner of Don Neuls Plumbing and Heating in Hamilton for 40 years.

John Suydam Kuhlthau, 83, on September 4. The Princeton resident served as a public defender and Middlesex County prosecutor before becoming a Superior Court judge.

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