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Supervisors will consider external audit amid Medicaid billing concerns in Seneca Co.

Seneca County Manager John Sheppard says that a resolution brought to committee on Tuesday was born out of necessity. The Mental Health Services Committee considered a resolution, which would initiate the process of executing an external audit of self-reported discrepancies with regarding to Medicaid documentation. According to Sheppard, the County is obligated to self-disclose discrepancies to OMIG — the Office... more

Geneva Chamber to co-host ribbon cutting at Five Star Urgent Care

The Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that it will be co-hosting its next Member Milestone Celebration on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The event will include an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to honor the official Grand Opening of Geneva’s newest urgent care facility- Five Star Urgent Care, located at 1 White Springs Road in the Tops Plaza,... more

Naples forum raises question: Is healthcare a human right?

With more questions than answers on the Republican attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, a health law forum Wednesday largely focused on what could happen in New York. The New York Health Act that passed the Assembly — and that now has wide support in the Senate — is a hot topic, given... more

Wayne County may snuff pharmacy tobacco sales

In the windows of some Rite Aid Pharmacy outlets, you’ll see “wellness images,” such as a woman eating an apple and another in meditation. But as you walk into the store, you’ll see a wall of cigarettes behind the checkout counter, notes Ryan Mulhern, public health educator for Wayne County. That, said Mulhern, conflicts with the image Rite Aid and... more

Quiet beach shut down in Geneva by DOT

It’s a tucked away, secluded place that you must first know about in order to find. Locals say a small beach on the northern tip of Seneca Lake in Geneva goes by many names. For as long as anyone can remember, it’s been a popular place to relax and take in nature in a remote setting. However, you can’t go... more

Lyme: ‘An epidemic out of control’

A long driveway trimmed with trees leads to the Messina home on Wells Curtis Road. The earth-tone, colonial-style house sports a lush, spacious lawn. A back deck overlooks bird feeders and pristine pond with a dock. The bucolic setting belies 15 agonizing months John Messina experienced mounting and debilitating pain that led him in October 2016 to tell his doctor:... more

David Murphy does the impossible (photo)

Newark Resident David Murphy is seen walking the Laurel 5k race held in Newark recently. Murphy who suffered a severe back injury and numerous other fractures participated in the fundraiser for Laurel House a hospice home being built in Newark. Nearly 220 runners and walkers were on hand for the event. Photo by Jim Miranda. more

Newark man is taking it one step at a time for Laurel House

It’s been almost four years since the accident. Lying on the hard asphalt, Dave Murphy said he knew he was dying. He held onto the first responder beside him, the blood filling his lungs made it hard to breathe and he was keenly aware that he was paralyzed from the chest down. Had you asked Dave or any of his... more

New owner, new building for Canandaigua Medical Group

Canandaigua Medical Group has long been a go-to spot in the area for primary care. The private practice that opened in 1951 was expected Thursday to come under a new owner, Thompson Health. The $19.8 million deal involves a new building — at the same address, across from Thompson Hospital on Parrish Street, with additional parking space, upgraded technology and... more

Gov. Cuomo issues new ‘condition’ for health insurance providers in New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is touting the changes as a ‘first-in-the-nation’ regulation, which would prevent health insurance providers from discriminating against residents with pre-existing conditions based on age or gender. He directed the New York State Department of Financial Services to promulgate new emergency regulations mandating health insurance providers do not discriminate against New Yorkers with preexisting conditions or based on... more

Schuyler Hospital seeking blood donors

Schuyler Hospital’s next Red Cross Blood Drive is scheduled for Friday, June 23rd, 2017, 12 pm to 4 pm, at September Hill, 250 Steuben St., Montour Falls (2 buildings up the hill from the Hospital). Each donation can help save up to three lives. Donating also helps Schuyler Hospital, by keeping blood supply costs down. Eligible donors can give double... more

Finger Lakes Community Health getting $3.2M grant

Finger Lakes Community Health has been approved for a federal grant of nearly $3.2 million from the Health Resources and Services Administration. The grant was announced Tuesday by Congressman Tom Reed, whose 23rd District includes Yates County. The exact amount of the grant is $3,176,804. Reed said the grant will support high-quality, comprehensive healthcare to people in the region with... more

Occupational therapy celebrated in Clifton Springs

Occupational therapists from across the country are gathering in Clifton Springs this Saturday, June 3, to mark the 100th anniversary of a landmark meeting in their field — the day occupational therapy was founded as a professional discipline, at a meeting in the village. On March 15, 1917, a small group of pioneers in the occupational therapy profession gathered in... more

Local law enforcement on lookout for ‘gray death’

The drug is 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, and it can take up to 10 hits of a heroin overdose treatment drug to bring back someone from an overdose. Those are two of the reasons why law enforcement officials are sounding the alarm about “gray death,” a drug police have found in heroin. The effects are amazing, said Canandaigua... more

Successful drug collection efforts continue in Ontario County

The Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Ontario County and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office are pleased to announce the collection of unwanted prescription drug medication this past Saturday at the “Medication Take Back” event in the Town of Richmond/Hamlet of Honeoye. Through the support of community members, we collected over 132 pounds of unwanted medication and had 77 participants.   Thank... more

Report: Addiction major driver of local crime

Nearly 2,100 inmates were committed to the Ontario County Jail in 2016. Sadly, many had one thing in common. “The criminal justice system continues to be driven by substance abuse, which is the number one public safety and public health issue in Ontario County,” Sheriff Phil Povero said in his annual report. “Persons with addictions generate thousands of property crimes... more

UR Medicine Home Care wins operational excellence award

On May 11th UR Medicine Home Care received the George K. Hansen Exemplar Platinum Award for Operations Excellence at the 11th Annual Greater Rochester Quality Council Showcase and Performance Excellence Awards. GRQC is a Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce affiliate. The George K. Hansen Exemplar Award is the highest level of achievement, and is only given when an organization demonstrates exceptional... more

Opioids lead accidental deaths in NYS, again

A new report from the National Safety Council details the growing toll opioids are taking in New York State as well as most of the nation. Accidental poisoning, mainly due to prescription opioids, was the leading cause of unintentional death in New York State in 2015, according to a new report from the National Safety Council. It was the third... more
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