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Synergia Opcare Helps Increase Patient Compliance in Chronic Disease


RARITAN, NJ - It takes someone who truly understands chronic disease to create programs and tools to combat it.

Rick Thomas, a long-time Johnson & Johnson veteran and entrepreneur, recently launched Synergia Opcare, with the most comprehensive portfolio of tools to assist physicians, hospitals and insurers to keep patients on track with their prescribed clinical plan.

“During this decade, physicians will encounter increased administrative demands unlike any we have previously experienced," said Stephen D. Ford, MD Attending Physician Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway. "Our goal must be to push forward the quality of the practice of medicine while still meeting these demands. The Synergia Opcare model addresses those needs by enhancing patient involvement, which translates to a better healthcare model.”

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Because of changes to reimbursement via the federal government, chronic care codes were added, allowing healthcare professionals to be reimbursed for patient counseling and education, which is crucial for success in patient adherence. Thomas said the program “is expected to be successful in approximately 75 percent of patients.”

Synergia Opcare forecasts covering 470,000 patient lives in 2016.

Synergia Opcare’s new website can be found at

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Raritan Police: Warren Man Arrested for DWI and More in Police Blotter

February 17, 2018

RARITAN, NJ - A Warren man was arrested Feb. 1 for driving while intoxicated following a motor vehicle violation, according to a report from Raritan Borough Police.

Wayne Krause, 68, was charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and speeding after being pulled over on Route 22 West.

Krause was processed and released pending a court appearance.

Police made other arrests for ...

Grape Expectations Hosts Wine Tastings

February 23, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Grape Expectations, recognized as the oldest “Make Your Own Wine” establishment in Somerset County, will host wine tastings the next two weekends for those curious about wines made from grapes harvested in South Africa and Chile in South America.

Tastings are scheduled Feb 24, from noon to 4 p.m.; March 2 from 5 p.n. to 9 p.m. and March 3 from noon to 4 ...

Sen. Bateman Launches "Socks for Soldiers" Drive

February 23, 2018

SOMERVILLE, NJ - State Sen. Christopher "Kip" Bateman and his colleague Kristin M. Corrado. (R-Passaic, Bergen, Essex, Morris),  have launched a “Socks for Soldiers” drive to collect one of the most requested items by United States troops serving around the world.

“Our heroes at home and abroad need our help to stay warm and comfortable,” said Bateman, ...

'What Stays' exposes family secrets and lies

‘What Stays’ exposes family secrets, resentment and lies

By Liz Keill

SUMMIT, NJ – In an original play by Laura Ekstrand and Jason Szamreta, the Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre has provided an enlightening, funny and heart-felt view of family foibles.

Ekstrand has said that the germ of the play came from conversations with the ensemble members of the troupe, based on ...