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January 6, 2012

State Health Department Awards $500,000 in Doctors Across New York Funds

From the DOH website December 29, 2011:

State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H., today announced that five health care providers have been awarded grants totaling up to $500,000 over two years to support physicians who practice medicine in underserved communities through the "Doctors Across New York" Program.

Read the rest of the press release on the DOH website.

Study of Medicare Patients Finds Most Hospital Errors Unreported - NYTimes.com

Hospital adverse events are woefully underreported, if a new inspector general report covered in today's New York Times is to be believed:

Hospital employees recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm Medicare patients while they are hospitalized, federal investigators say in a new report.

Read the full article on the New York Times website.

January 12, 2012

2012-13 Budget Presenation Scheduled

Governor Cuomo will give his 2012-13 Executive Budget presentation next Tuesday, January 17.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, 2012

TIME: 2:00 PM

WHERE: Hart Theatre, Egg Center for Performing Arts

Albany, NY 12224

January 18, 2012

Cuomo Offers Budget With More Trims Than Deep Cuts - NYTimes.com

Today's NY Times highlights some pieces of Governor Cuomo's state of the State:

Mr. Cuomo also proposed saving more than $750 million by limiting planned increases on mental health programs and social services, including eliminating an automatic cost-of-living increase for nonprofit providers of services like foster care, adoption and family counseling.

Addressing a major concern of local governments, Mr. Cuomo proposed that the state gradually take over yearly increases in Medicaid expenses that are now shouldered by county governments and New York City.

Read the full article at the New York Times website, or visit the Governor's executive budget webpage directly.

January 19, 2012

Private Health Insurers Are Being Driven Out Of The Markets, Affecting Millions - Forbes

Well. Who would've guessed?

In New York, Empire BlueCross BlueShield said it is no longer offering health insurance plans that cover about 20,000 businesses. Mark Wagar, president and CEO of Empire, said that the company will eliminate seven of the 13 group plans it currently offers to businesses which have two to 50 employees. The move is expected to have a great and potentially "catastrophic" impact on small businesses in New York, according to James L. Newhouse, president of Newhouse Financial and Insurance Brokers in Rye Brook, NY.

Read the full article at the Forbes website.

January 24, 2012

Hospital "Amenities Units" in the Spotlight

The January 22 issue of the NY Times featured an article written by a journalist after her "unofficial visits" to hospital rooms specially designed to attract patients paying cash.

Read "Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent" here.

January 25, 2012

HANYS Study: Gloomy Forecast on Physician Shortage

Released January 24, 2012:

Hospitals across the state are facing a serious physician shortage that is expected to worsen as the pace of pysician departures and retirements accelerates, and hospitals are having problems recruiting new doctors, according to a new report by the Healthcare Association of New York States (HANYS).

Read the HANYS press release, then click through to the full report on the HANYS website.

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