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NY Comptroller Faults Medicaid Payment System

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Millions of New York's Medicaid dollars are being wasted on people who also receive Medicaid from other states. That's according to a new audit from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The audit found that both state and city Medicaid officials had not kept up with investigations, or ...

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WNYC News

City to Train More Nurses

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Making good on a promise to combat the city's nursing shortage, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced a plan to train more people to become nurses. Speaking at Saint Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village, Quinn says she's reached a deal with local hospitals to send 10 ...

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WNYC News

Drop in Homeless Living on Streets

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

The city says a group of volunteers counting the homeless on a cold night in February found just over 2300 people. That's a 30 percent drop compared to last year. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs says the results are counter-intuitive, given the economic crisis. But she ...

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WNYC News

NYers Living 15 Months Longer

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg released numbers today from his "Take Care New York" health program, which set out 10 public health goals in 2004. He says fewer New Yorkers are using tobacco, more have regular doctors and more are getting screened for colon cancer.

REPORTER: Life expectancy for ...

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WNYC News

Audit Reveals NY Medicaid Double Dipping

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Millions of New York's Medicaid dollars are being wasted on people who also receive Medicaid from other states. That's according to a new audit from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

The audit found that both state and New York City Medicaid officials had not kept up with ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Other Rooms, Other Wonders

Monday, March 02, 2009

Writer Daniyal Mueenuddin spent his early childhood in Pakistan, then lived in the United States. His book Other Rooms, Other Wonders is a collection of linked stories that illuminate a place and a people by looking at the entwined lives of landowners and their retainers in the countryside outside ...

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WNYC News

Two Queens Hospital Close

Monday, March 02, 2009

Two Queens hospitals are closed as of today, and the mayor says these probably won't be the last.

BLOOMBERG: We're just going to all have to do more with less, and whether it's less hospitals or less of anything, we're just going to have to adjust ...

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WNYC News

Protesters: Don't Take a Bite Out of Free Dentist Program

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Doctors, teachers and city employees plan to protest outside the health department in lower Manhattan this hour. They're demanding the Bloomberg administration keep its free dental program for public school students, slated to end by June 30 due to budget cuts.

Barry Liebowitz, president of the ...

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WNYC News

Menendez Praises Obama's Speech

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is praising President Obama's speech, which he says showed resolve, focus and optimism.

Menendez says the President showed he understands the challenges facing the country and has a comprehensive plan to address them.

MENENDEZ: He made it very clear that the only ...

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WNYC News

City Considers Reforming Drug Laws

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

City lawmakers are hearing suggestions about reforming New York's 36-year-old Rockefeller drug laws. Critics say they disproportionately imprison minorities and have done little to curb drug use. Daliah Heller of the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, says the highest population of drug users ...

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WNYC News

Push to Rehire 9/11 Health Care Czar

Monday, February 23, 2009

Several local elected officials and advocates want President Obama to re-instate former President Bush's 9/11 health care czar. Doctor John Howard's special post was never filled, after his term expired last year as head of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Congresswoman Carol ...

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WNYC News

Schools and Hospitals Await Word on Stimulus Money

Friday, February 20, 2009

Schools and hospitals are eagerly waiting to see what share they’ll get of the state's share of the federal stimulus package. Governor Paterson says he is not hiding plans for the money, but is first waiting to reconcile different estimates about how bad the state’s ...

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WNYC News

Stimulus Keeps City Hospitals' High Tech Hopes Alive

Friday, February 20, 2009

According the the city's Health and Hospitals Corporation, federal stimulus funds will allow for the expansion of computerized health records at its 11 public hospitals. HHC estimates it'll get more than $120 million to improve technology . HHC President Alan Aviles says the development of ...

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WNYC News

Stimulus Rescues NJ Hospitals

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Officials in Trenton are still reviewing the fine print of the federal stimulus package, but as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, so far, they can tell the state's hospitals will get a much-needed lifeline from increased Medicaid reimbursement.

REPORTER: New Jersey is slated to get roughly $6 ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

No Vaccine Link to Autism

Friday, February 13, 2009

Shankar Vedantam, national reporter covering human behavior for the Washington Post, reviews yesterday's special court ruling that there is no link between the M.M.R. vaccine and autism.

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WNYC News

Schumer: $21 Billion of Stimulus Package Expected for NYS

Friday, February 13, 2009

Senator Charles Schumer says New York State is getting at least $21 billion from the federal stimulus bill for Medicaid, education and public housing improvements. Other allocations have yet to be tabulated. He says part of money should go to saving some state jobs.

SCHUMER: For ...

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WNYC News

Cell Phone Soaps

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Rutgers University researcher is developing a public health soap opera, with federal funding.

She hopes the cellphone series will make the case for condoms more effectively than hum-drum public service announcements delivered by broadcast, print and billboards.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul has this report.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cutting For Stone

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Dr. Abraham Verghese was lauded for his memoir about his time as a doctor in Tennessee during the onset of the AIDS epidemic. Now he has turned his skills to fiction writing with his novel Cutting for Stone.

Events:
Dr. Abraham Verghese will be reading and signing books

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Patient Abuse

Friday, February 06, 2009

WNYC's Fred Mogul discusses the report released yesterday by the US Justice Department alleging rampant abuse at Kings County Hospital.

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WNYC News

Feds Document Dangerous Pattern at Kings County Hospital

Friday, February 06, 2009

Last summer, a woman’s death in a public hospital in Brooklyn was captured on videotape, and it showed her being ignored by hospital staff for nearly 24 hours, even after she collapsed and was lying face down on the floor. The footage was widely distributed ...

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