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4:22 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Poverty Related Illness

Western New Yorkers living in poverty are at a higher risk for many chronic and life-threatening illnesses. High rates of miscarriage, infant mortality, toxic stress, asthma, and diabetes disproportionately affect the most vulnerable among us. The new federal health care law makes some attempts to equalize access to medical services. We’ll look at whether there has been progress and what steps we should to improve the health of the least fortunate Americans with our panel:

  • Dr. Matt Devine, Highland Family Medicine
  • Dr. Lorinda Parks, Jordan Health
  • Candice A. Lucas, URMC Center for Community Health
Connections
4:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Connections: Healthy Friday - Hospital Readmissions

  

When patients come back to the hospital for a second time after a surgery or emergency room visit, it has tremendous costs. These costs affect no one more than the patients themselves, who can lose their lives. We’ll talk to experts and hospital administrators about projects to lower readmissions and the conventions in the affordable care act that attempt to lower hospital readmissions through penalties.

Our panel:

  • Anna Lambert, associate director of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Nursing at Strong Hospital
  • Jordan Rau, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News
  • Dr. Eugene Litvak, president & CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Optimization
Capitol Bureau
1:29 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Per Diem Reform Could be on A Special Session Agenda

State lawmakers are pushing for their first pay raise in fifteen years, and they say in exchange, they might even be willing to give up the practice of a daily stipend for each day they spend in Albany, known as per diems, that has sometimes led to abuse.

Legislators receive $172 dollars for every day that they spend in Albany, above normal travel and lodging expenses, and in addition to their $79,500 a year base pay.

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Government
1:02 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

National Adoption Day in Rochester

Adoptees with their new families
Credit Alex Crichton

Four children were "officially" adopted by their new families during a National Adoption Day Ceremony at the Hall of Justice today.

National Adoption Day finalizes adoptions of children from foster care.

For Jason and Joy Kaminski, it meant the end of a year and a half long process that enabled them to adopt their son, Joshua.

They called it an awesome day.

Brandon Connor and his wife Teresa, adopted their second child, 7-year old Dominique.

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Local News
12:11 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

NYS Thruway to Reopen

Credit wbfo.org Eileen Buckley

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) _ Governor Andrew Cuomo says the 132-mile section of the Thruway closed since Tuesday because of a massive lake-effect snow storm in western New York will reopen later Friday with restrictions.

Cuomo said during a news conference Friday morning that a 58-mile stretch of Interstate 90 from Exit 45 near Rochester to Exit 50 at Williamsville will reopen at 3 p.m. Friday. 

The governor says the highway from Exit 51 to Exit 61 at Ripley, on the Pennsylvania border, will also open then but vehicles won't be allowed to exit the Thruway. 

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Local News
12:07 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Man Found Dead in Snow Storm Tried To Get Help, But None Came, According to Family

Credit wbfo.org Karen from Marilla

ALDEN, N.Y. (AP) _ The family of a western New York man who died inside his snowbound vehicle says he called for assistance several times but help never arrived. 

The wife and parents of 46-year-old Donald Abate of Blasdell tell Buffalo's WIVB-TV that he was driving home from his job in Batavia early Tuesday morning when his pickup truck wound up in a ditch in the town of Alden, 15 miles east of Buffalo. 

Jackie Abate says her husband called his family on his cellphone and told them he had called AAA and police to get help, but no one ever arrived. 

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Government
7:39 am
Fri November 21, 2014

NY Medicaid Inspector General Steps Down

New York's inspector general for Medicaid, the state's largest annual expenditure, says he's leaving.  

In a message to staff, James Cox says they've done the job he set out to do, establishing 22 audit protocols that led to record recoveries, establishing solid standards and a productive relationship with medical providers.  

The office reported $1.73 billion in recoveries of improper expenses for health care for low-income New Yorkers in 2011-2013, up 34 percent from the prior three years.  

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Local News
1:11 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Buffalo Area Needs To Dig Out; Then Prepare For Possible Flooding

Credit Mike Desmond / WBFO

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Roofs began to creak and collapse and homeowners struggled to clear waist-high drifts atop their houses Thursday as another storm brought the Buffalo area's three-day snowfall total to an epic 7 feet or more.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo begged drivers "pretty, pretty please" to stay off slippery, car-clogged roads in western New York while crews tried to dig out. Some areas got close to 3 feet of new snow by Thursday afternoon.

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Sports
1:11 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Bills' Game To Move To Monday Night In Detroit

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL has decided to move the Bills' home game against the New York Jets to Monday night in Detroit after a severe winter storm pounded western New York.

League spokesman Michael Signora announced the change on Thursday night.

More than 5 feet of snow have fallen in the Buffalo area since Monday, and another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday.

The storm forced the Bills to cancel their past two days of practice. The team intends to travel to Detroit on Friday and practice at the Detroit Lions' facility.

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