(New Rochelle, NY) -- Along with this month’s unseasonably warm, dry spell comes an increased risk for contact with rabid animals, as wildlife encroaches on suburban backyards in search of food and water. That’s why the Westchester County Department of Health cautions residents to avoid direct contact with wild or stray animals, and to remind children to do the same and to tell an adult immediately if an animal bites or scratches them.
“Besides giving raccoons, skunks, coyotes, foxes, stray cats and dogs, bats and other wildlife a wide berth, to keep potentially rabid animals away from their family members and pets, residents should keep their pets’ rabies vaccinations up to date and avoid leaving pet food outdoors,’’ said Sherlita Amler, MD, commissioner of health for Westchester County.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- Recently Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester (SSMC) held its fifth annual Stride 5K Run & Walk to benefit its Jacee Lynn Cappelli Diabetes Center for the Treatment and Education of Juvenile and Adult Diabetes.
Commenting on the event, John R. Spicer, President and CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center said, “I was pleased to have so many join us for our fifth Stride to benefit the Cappelli Diabetes Center”. He concluded, “I want to thank the enthusiastic runners and walkers who, again this year, made The Stride a big success.”Read more
(White Plains, NY) -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced two Medicaid fraud settlements with Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester and Mount Vernon Hospital, both members of the Sound Shore Health System, that total more than $2.3 million in recovered funds for taxpayers. The investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) revealed that the hospitals improperly overbilled Medicaid for physician-administered drugs, a violation of state law. Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester has agreed to repay the State $2,241,760.35, and Mount Vernon Hospital has already repaid the State $85,497.90.Read more
As Talk of the Sound first reported on April 6th, CVS is acquiring Almarc Drugs, according to a statement issued by CVS today.
On and after April 5th sources provided Talk of the Sound with the following information:
Employees speaking on condition of anonymity told Talk of the Sound they were informed yesterday that the company had been acquired by CVS and will be closed in two weeks. The price tag for the sale of the two stores including the buildings is said to be around $24 million. A manager at the Almarc Drugs store in New Rochelle declined to comment.
On that day, two Talk of the Sound contributors visited the location and made inquiries as the pending sale. Store staff and the manager on duty that day declined to answer questions. The manager was asked to pass along the request to the appropriate person. No one from Almarc responded and the story ran the next day.Read more
In a report issued today, the New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli discloses that the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) erroneously paid as much as $11 million for special items such as implants, drugs and blood and evaluation procedures that were not performed according to two audits released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Payments to hospitals accounted for an estimated $3.2 million of this amount, with medical providers paid as much as $7.8 million for phony evaluations. In one of the audits, DiNapoli’s auditors found errors resulting in overpayments in 57 percent of the claims reviewed.
“While most New Yorkers are watching their spending, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United HealthCare are not monitoring bills and are letting the state overpay health providers,” DiNapoli said. “An error rate showing that nearly 6 of every 10 claims are billed incorrectly is simply unacceptable and cannot continue. These companies have to do a better job watching taxpayer dollars.”Read more
(White Plains, NY) -- Westchester County residents are among the state’s healthiest, according to the results released today by the third annual county health ranking survey developed by The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
This survey compares how healthy people are from county to county by factoring in such things as how long they live, whether they practice healthy behaviors or they smoke, are obese or drink too much and whether they have access to health care and a healthy physical environment. Westchester ranked 7th out of 62 counties for health outcomes, or how healthy a county is, up from 10th last year, and 3rd for health factors, or what influences the health of the county, on par with 2011.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is pleased to announce Richard P. Barone, MD of White Plains, NY as its new Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs/Medical Director.
Commenting on the appointment, President and CEO of Sound Shore Medical Center, John R. Spicer said, “Dr. Barone has been a valued member of the Sound Shore Family, not only in his capacity as an admitting physician, but also in his most recent roles as Medical Director of Schaffer Extended Care Center and Director of SSMC’s Arthritis Clinic.” He continued, “The Administration and the Board of Governors are pleased that he has accepted this position. He concluded, “Dr. Barone is a well-regarded physician and administrator, and I look forward to working with him in his new capacity.”Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- Recently the staff of Sound Shore Medical Center’s Schaffer Extended Care Center (Schaffer) hosted their panacea for the winter doldrums – the 14th annual Interlude. This much-anticipated, St. Patrick’s Day-themed event provided more than 50 residents and their guests a very special evening – one of food, music, dancing and camaraderie and especially the wearing of the Green.
Since the Interlude is one of two major, semi-formal events on the busy recreational calendar at Schaffer, staff gives special attention to every detail. Joined by student volunteers from New Rochelle High School, the Recreation Therapy Department transformed the Sound Shore Medical Center’s dining room into a visual feast for residents and leprechauns alike.Read more