Throughout May, the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association focuses attention on New Jersey's third leading cause of death: stroke. Not only is stroke a leading cause of death, but it is also a leading cause of disability.
New Jersey is a leader in stroke care, but a bill was recently introduced that would make several improvements in the current system of care. This bill would require that hospitals that are designated as stroke centers are regularly inspected to ensure that they meet stringent criteria for stroke care, ensure that EMS providers have protocols in place so that stroke patients are taken to an appropriate facility, and would require health insurance coverage for stroke care services provided via telemedicine.
We are fortunate to live in a state where stroke treatment has been a priority for years. Implementing the changes to the system proposed in Senate Bill S1936 and Assembly Bill A3423 will ensure that New Jersey residents continue to receive the best treatment possible.