Fox Rothschild Joins the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute

October 16, 2007

New Jersey Health Care Quality InstitutePhiladelphia, PA – Fox Rothschild LLP became the first law firm to join the Professional Council of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (NJHCQI), an organization dedicated to reducing medical errors, improving overall quality and promoting transparency in cost and quality data in the health care industry.

"We're pleased to be a part of NJHCQI and believe that its mission to improve the quality of New Jersey's health care is incredibly important," said Elizabeth G. Litten, a partner in Fox's Health Law Practice. "We are proud to be the first law firm involved in organizations of this caliber, since it not only helps us as attorneys to better understand the industry as it evolves, but also allows us to offer NJHCQI our perspective and understanding of the legal aspects and ramifications such changes will have for providers, consumers, and health care organizations."

"We are delighted to have Fox Rothschild LLP join our new Professional Council, and more importantly, to give usexperienced advice and counsel in our pursuit of quality health care in the State of New Jersey," said NJHCQI President and CEO David L. Knowlton. "Fox Rothschild has been an important part of the health care discussion in our state for many years and we welcome the clout they bring to the Quality Institute team."

Learn more about Fox Rothschild LLP.

Fox's Health Law Practice offers client in the health care industry – from those providing health care, to those developing information technology, or researching new drugs or medical devices – advise and counsel on the complex regulatory and business risks associate with a high stakes industry that is continually undergoing legal transformation. Fox's strong regional and national practice has earned the firm a reputation as a leading health law practice. Our multi-office, multi-disciplinary approach allows us to offer practical, cost-effective solutions to issues faced by longstanding stakeholders, as well as a variety of industry newcomers.

About the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute (http://www.njhcqi.org/ )

Founded in 1997 and partially funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the NJHCQI brings together all key stakeholders to make real and measurable improvements in New Jersey's health care system. NJHCQI seeks to empower health care purchasers and consumers by publishing the results of objective research, comparative data on providers, and other pertinent educational information so that purchasers and consumers may adopt value-based purchasing practices and be able to make informed decisions on the merits of various health care programs, treatments and services. NJHCQI was designated as the lead agency in New Jersey for the national Leapfrog Group effort in April 2002.

The NJHCQI seeks to empower health care purchasers and consumers by publishing the results of objective research, comparative data on providers, and other pertinent educational information so that purchasers and consumers may adopt value-based purchasing practices and be able to make informed decisions on the merits of various health care programs, treatments and services. The NJHCQI was designated as the lead agency in New Jersey for the national Leapfrog Group effort in April 2002.

Those serving on the NJHCQI Board of Directors include: Former Governor Jim Florio; Gil Medina, Former New Jersey Commerce Commissioner; Director, Technology Enterprise Group, Cushman & Wakefield; Andrea Aughenbaugh, CEO, New Jersey State Nurses Association; George Laufenberg, Administrator, New Jersey Carpenters Fund; Len Leto, Manager, Policy & Planning, State Health Benefits Program, Past President, State & Local Government Benefits Association and, Chairman of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute; Lou Marturana, (Retired) Public Service Electric & Gas; Suzanne M. Miller, Ph.D., Director, Psychosocial & Behavioral Medicine Program, Behavioral Center of Excellence in Breast Cancer, Senior Member, Division of Population Science, Fox Chase Cancer Center ; Judy Persichilli, 'Executive Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Division, Catholic Health East; Dr. Michael Sedrish, Director of Utilization Management, MediSys Health Network, Inc.; and, Edward Geisler, , Executive Director, Health Care Payers Coalition of New Jersey.

The NJHCQI currently has six affiliated "councils:" The NJHCQI Leadership Council, The NJHCQI Purchaser Council, The NJHCQI Provider Council, The NJHCQI Plan Council, The NJHCQI Consumer Council and The NJHCQI Professional Council.