Daily Archives: May 9, 2013

K&J – Interviews Historic Saranac Lake Executive Director Amy Catania

K&J – 050913 – Amy Catania – Historic Saranac Lake

We’re speaking with Amy about The Historic Saranac Lake WIKI, whose talking about our history, The Saranac Laboratory on Church Street, The “History Matters” lecture series and much more.

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Gov’t Reveals Hospital Charges to Medicare

AUDIO – 050913 – Medicare Publicizes Hospital Charges CVPH vs AMC pricing

For the first time, the government is publicly revealing how much hospitals charge, and the differences are astounding: Some bill tens of thousands of dollars more than others for the same treatment, even within the same city.

Medicare Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum asks “Why does a joint replacement cost 40 times as much at one hospital as at another across the country? It’s a mystery.. It doesn’t make sense he says.. and the higher charges don’t reflect better care.. and he continues by saying The Discrepancies are too huge to be explained by obvious differences among hospitals, such as a more expensive regional economy, older or sicker patients, or the extra costs of running a teaching hospital.

The average charges for joint replacement range from about $5,300 at one Oklahoma hospital to $223,000 in Monterey Park, Calif. the Department of Health and Human Services says those numbers don’t include doctors’ fees.

At CVPH in Plattsburgh, the average billing for 136 joint replacement cases is $36,182. Medicare paid $17,411 on average to CVPH for those procedures… There were 66 cases of Major Joint Replacement at Adirondack Medical enter in Saranac Lake and the average Charges were $29,116 That’s 40% lower than the national average.. Further Medicare paid $14,522… That’s a difference of $2,889 per patient for similar procedures.

We speak with Chandler Ralph, President and CEO of Adirondack Health..

In Eleven of the 21 types of cases listed AMC reports billed amounts fifty percent or more lower than the national average. Medicare payments were half again on average lower than that..

Click here to view charges via a New York Times Interactive Pricing Map

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Four Surplus Parcels Auctioned in Saranac Lake

AUDIO – 050913 – Saranac Lake Surplus Property Auction

A Surplus Property Auction in Saranac Lake Wednesday nets the Village $4,000.  (*Note: Mr Dukette purchased parcel 44.76-7-23, a landlocked parcel. It is one of three referenced on Olive Street. Mr Fox bought 446.76-7-24. This parcel does have a right of way to the street. The Gallaghers bought 446.76-7-26, an adjoining parcel to their property and Mr Kirsch purchased the 447.70-3-5 parcel for Doreen Straton who owns adjoining property.)  05-08-13 Property Auction Notice

 

 

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AMC’s Lake Placid Community Meeting #2 at the LPCA

AUDIO – 050913 – AMC Community Meeting at LPCA

More strong commentary from residents of Lake Placid at AMC’s second public meeting to discuss the Emergency Room in Lake Placid.

2013-05-08 19.24.15Unedited audio of the entire meeting below;

AUDIO – 050813 – Unedited Audio – AMC Public Meeting at LPCA

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Talk of the Town Thursday 5/9/13

Talk of the Town 050913

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Beach Return Committee reaches 36% of Fundraising Goal

AUDIO – 050913 – Lake Flower Beach Return

The question of returning the beach to Lake Flower requires study. Lake Flower Beach Return is raising $5,000 Towards the feasibility study. We’re speaking with Shawn Boyer about beach related  issues.

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