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.
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..
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
More strong commentary from residents of Lake Placid at AMC’s second public meeting to discuss the Emergency Room in Lake Placid.
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.
The DOT is focused on crosswalk repairs, The DPW, focused on removing an old sidewalk. No Parking Signs sit on the street in areas unaffected by this work, placed there in anticipation of work scheduled for some time in the future. Who is focused on local businesses in the area who are severely impacted by even the loss of one parking spot on the street.
Those Board Members who were present at the Wilmington board meeting unanimously accepted committees recommendations to appoint Theresa Lindsay as Middle School Principal and Dana Wood as High School Principal.
The Vote was 362 to 300 in favor of approving the villages request to borrow up to $3.2M towards the new emergency services building.
The “Bottom line” $17,265,000.. Administrators discuss property taxes of $14,201,000, and an estimated tax levy $6.78 per thousand.
The Tupper Lake Committee working on plan for the new Emergency Services Building will be watching the polls today at the Goff Nelson Library. Voters will answer yes or no to the referendum which asks “Can the Village of Tupper Lake borrow up to $3.2 Million towards construction of a new emergency services building on…
The Northern Lights Choir Premiers an original Oratorio – “Voices of Timbuctoo” Friday May 10th at St Bernards. We speak with Helen about the Choir and their Premier.
Lake Placid’s School Board holds the first of two budget hearings tonight at 7pm in the Wilmington Community Center. The Vote is May 21st.
The St Armand Water Department is plugging an old well pipe with concrete. All of the water currently is being drawn from a three day supply in the uphill water tank.