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Cuomo: Beware addiction treatment frauds

New York state is warning the public about fraudulent addiction treatment services in a new campaign announced Wednesday. The initiative aims to halt "patient brokering," a practice where brokers collect payments from addiction treatment providers in exchange for referring patients to these programs, according to a release. The state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the New York... more

Katko will vote for final tax bill, touts ‘significant wins’ for CNY

U.S. Rep. John Katko will join most Republicans in supporting the final $1.5 trillion tax plan when it is considered by the House Tuesday. A spokesperson for Katko, R-Camillus, confirmed he will vote for the bill. The congressman touted “significant wins” for central New York in the tax plan. He highlighted the elimination of a provision that would have considered... more

Tompkins County Legislature committee discusses safe injection facilities

In February 2016, Ithaca released its 25-part plan of action to loosen the grip that the nationwide opioid epidemic holds on the city. Of the 25 propositions made in the plan, the one that has objectively received the most media attention and public scrutiny is to open a Safe Injection Facility (SIF) in the city, providing heroin users a refuge where they... more

Report: More Cayuga County residents are seeking treatment for opioid abuse

A new state report revealed that more Cayuga County residents entered treatment for opioid abuse in 2016 than 2015. In 2015, 348 Cayuga County residents were admitted to a state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services-certified treatment program, according to data from the latest County Opioid Quarterly Report, published this fall by the state Department of Health. That number... more

NY reps eye fix for Medicare error hurting Auburn, other rural hospitals

Five members of Congress want to fix an error made by a northeastern Medicare contractor that had a significant financial impact on Auburn Community Hospital and 15 other rural hospitals in upstate New York. U.S. Reps. Chris Collins, John Faso, John Katko, Elise Stefanik and Claudia Tenney have asked House leaders to include language in an upcoming spending bill that... more

Auburn Community Hospital partners with St. Joseph’s, UR Medical Center

Auburn Community Hospital is joining forces with larger hospitals in Syracuse and Rochester to offer a better product for its patients. According to a press release, a strategic change and partnership was approved by the board of trustees to improve the quality of care for those seeking treatment through ACH. It will mean that Auburn Community Hospital will begin sharing... more

Ontario-Yates Hospice achieves Level 3 of ‘We Honor Veterans’

Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, recently achieved Partner Level Three for the We Honor Veterans program. Level Four is the highest partner level, which Ontario-Yates Hospice expects to earn next year. We Honor Veterans is a program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. By voluntarily participating... more

Rising teen suicide rates creates need for greater awareness

There’s a deadly trend nationwide – more teens are committing suicide. Experts are blaming social media. WNYT reports health officials are noticing swelling suicide rates among teens in the capital region, and here in the Finger Lakes region, data shows similar trends. You might remember four Penfield High School students committed suicide over the course of 18 months, the most... more

Fingerlakes Mall site of free opioid overdose training

Fingerlakes Mall will offer a free opioid overdose training at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to overdoses using intranasal naloxone spray (Narcan). Free overdose rescue kits will also be offered. The training is provided by Cayuga County in cooperation with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse services. The mall is... more

Ontario-Yates Hospice achieves Level 3 of ‘We Honor Veterans’

Ontario-Yates Hospice, a program of UR Medicine Home Care, recently achieved Partner Level Three for the We Honor Veterans program. Level Four is the highest partner level, which Ontario-Yates Hospice expects to earn next year. We Honor Veterans is a program through the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. By voluntarily participating... more

Rising teen suicide rates creates need for greater awareness

There’s a deadly trend nationwide – more teens are committing suicide. Experts are blaming social media. WNYT reports health officials are noticing swelling suicide rates among teens in the capital region, and here in the Finger Lakes region, data shows similar trends. You might remember four Penfield High School students committed suicide over the course of 18 months, the most... more

Fingerlakes Mall site of free opioid overdose training

Fingerlakes Mall will offer a free opioid overdose training at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13. Participants will learn how to recognize and respond to overdoses using intranasal naloxone spray (Narcan). Free overdose rescue kits will also be offered. The training is provided by Cayuga County in cooperation with the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse services. The mall is... more
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