(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
(New Rochelle, NY) -- Sound Shore Medical Center (SSMC) is pleased to announce George J. Stivala, MD as the new Medical Director of its Schaffer Extended Care Center.
Dr. Stivala is in private practice in New Rochelle and has provided medical coverage at Schaffer since 1999. Previously, he served as Associate Medical Director for long-term care as well as Medical Director for Schaffer’s short-term, rehabilitation patients. In his new position, he will continue providing medical expertise while handling the responsibilities of Schaffer’s medical management and regulatory requirements.
Dr. Stivala received his Doctor of Medicine and Surgery degree from the University of Roma “La Sapienza”, in Rome, Italy before completing both his internship and residency at Sound Shore Medical Center. He has served on the SSMC Medical Board and is a clinical instructor for SSMC’s Medical Residency Program – the same Program where he completed his post graduate training.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- Sound Shore Medical Center of Westchester (SSMC) is pleased to announce its upcoming, fifth annual fundraiser for the Jacee Lynn Cappelli Diabetes Center for the treatment and education of juvenile and adult diabetes. The Stride 5K – Walk & Run is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 in New Rochelle. This year’s event again features the beautiful tree-lined race course that starts and finishes at the Montgomery Gate entrance to Iona College in New Rochelle.
This much anticipated event will bring premiere area runners as well as amateur enthusiasts of all ages and abilities to the Queen City on the Sound. Whether as individuals or as teams – representing families, friends, neighbors, or co-workers or those touched by the disease – participants will join forces and focus attention on the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S. They will also raise money to benefit SSMC’s Diabetes Center that is named for real estate developer Louis R. Cappelli’s niece, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age three.Read more