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  • MVHS suspends operations at Mohawk Medical Office after departure of doctors

    by Eric Reinhardt


    MOHAWK, N.Y. — Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) suspended office operations at its Mohawk Medical Office beginning March 20.
    MVHS is suspending the operations because the two physicians currently practicing at the office — Dr. Steven Sperling and Dr. Paula Vecchio — are leaving the office, MVHS said in a news release.
    The office located at 5 Ann St. in Mohawk in Herkimer County, east of Utica.

     

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  • HCP Viewpoint: State of the long-term care industry

    by Kim Townsend

    The world of long-term care is changing, and this will impact the future of care in Central New York, as well as the future of Loretto. 


     

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  • MVCC adds online degree program in health-information technology

    by Eric Reinhardt


    UTICA, N.Y. — Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) plans to offer an associate degree in health-information technology this fall.

    Both the New York State Education Department and the State University of New York (SUNY) approved the degree program, MVCC said in a news release.

     

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  • Excellus survey: Fewer than half of adults surveyed are aware of telemedicine

    by Eric Reinhardt


    Nearly five in 10 upstate New York adults are aware of telemedicine, and 80 percent of those who have used telemedicine rate their experience as “very good” or “excellent.”

    That’s according to a survey commissioned by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, the results of which it released Feb. 22.

    Excellus, Central New York’s largest health insurer, on Nov. 29 announced it would offer a telemedicine option to all privately insured and Medicare Advantage members in 2017.

     

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  • Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists appoints Greenky as new president

    by Eric Reinhardt


    DeWITT, N.Y. — Dr. Brett Greenky, a joint-replacement surgeon, is the new president of Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS).

    The organization’s board of directors on Jan. 1 named Greenky as SOS’s new president, the organization said in a news release issued Tuesday.

    Greenky replaces Dr. John Fatti in the president’s role at SOS, Nicole Chidsey, business development & community relations coordinator at SOS, said in an email response to a BJNN inquiry.

    Fatti’s term as president ended on Dec. 31, Chidsey said. Fatti chose not to serve another term but remains on the staff at SOS, Chidsey added.

     

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  • Excellus awards Upstate hospitals millions in quality-improvement funding

    by Eric Reinhardt


    Excellus BlueCross BlueShield has awarded 40 Upstate hospitals and health centers a total of nearly $23 million in quality-improvement incentives.

    The 40 hospitals include eight in Central New York and nine in the Utica/Rome/North Country region, the health insurer recently announced in separate news releases.

    Quality incentives reflect 2016 performance “against specific quality measures,” Excellus said in the news release.

    Since the program launched in 2005, the health insurer says it has paid $232 million in hospital-quality incentives.

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  • UnitedHealthcare to acquire POMCO Group

    by Eric Reinhardt


    SYRACUSE, N.Y. — POMCO Group, a third-party administrator of self-funded health-care and risk-management plans, will soon have a new owner.

    UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH) — parent company of UnitedHealthcare, the nation’s largest health insurer — on Monday released a statement indicating both firms “have entered into an agreement to integrate their third-party administration businesses.”

    The Minnetonka, Minnesota–based health insurer declined to disclose any financial terms of its acquisition agreement, including the purchase price.

     

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  • NYCC’s Nicchi named “president emeritus” upon retirement in August

    by Eric Reinhardt


    SENECA FALLS, N.Y. — Dr. Frank Nicchi, president of the New York Chiropractic College (NYCC), will receive the title “president emeritus,” once he retires at the end of August.

    The NYCC board of trustees “acted to bestow upon him the honorific title” after it learned he planned to retire, the school said in a news release issued Monday.

     

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  • State awards Oneida County Rural Telephone $3M grant to expand high-speed internet in rural areas

    by Eric Reinhardt

     

    The state has awarded Oneida County Rural Telephone a grant of more than $3 million to “significantly” expand its fiber-based, broadband network throughout its territory.

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  • Ithaca’s Sciencenter capital campaign raises more than $4 million, surpasses goal

    by Eric Reinhardt

     

     

    ITHACA, N.Y. — Ithaca’s Sciencenter raised $4.1 million in its recently completed capital campaign, surpassing its goal of $3.8 million.

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