Audit News

Audit Draft Shows Loss

The Mineral Community Hospital Board recently received a draft of a 2013 audit. The draft showed an operating loss of $196,448. The hospital is also down to just eight days of cash for this year.

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During its March 27th meeting, the Mineral Community Hospital Board received a draft audit report showing a $196,448 operating loss for last fiscal year. Tom Dingus, Spokane CPA who presented the report, noted the hospital had 28 days of cash at the end of last fiscal year compared to 66 days of cash for Critical Access Hospitals in the western U.S.

Interim CEO Larry Putnam commented the hospital currently has only eight days of cash and it’s a struggle to meet payroll and monthly bills, even though nine employees were laid off on January 1.

However, outpatient lab and x-ray visits continued to drop during February, which wiped out any savings from the layoffs. Because of severe winter weather, it was tough for patients to get to the hospital and clinic for healthcare in January and February.  Continue reading…

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Invasion of Medical Records

Veteran Aaron Alexis recently noticed an increase in the number of times his medical file was viewed. This lead to a memo sent out as a reminder of policy and the law on medical files. The snooping has gotten much easier now that the files are digital.

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After veteran Aaron Alexis shot and killed a dozen people at the Washington Navy Yard last September, the Air Force noted a spike in the number of personnel dipping into his electronic medical file.

The snooping — illegal under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA — was so pervasive that it prompted Air Force Medical Operations Agency Director Brig. Gen. Sean Murphy to issue an Air Force medical command reminder of policy and law.

In the Oct. 21 memo obtained by Military Times, Murphy called the illicit peeks a “violation of the most fundamental trust our patients place in us every day. Breaches of this nature are clearly in violation and are plain and simply wrong.” Continue reading…

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Phone System Update

A new phone system for the Town Hall was included in an approved budget for Adams Massachusetts. The new system will replace the outdated one currently in place. The new system will cost $17,000.

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The Board of Selectmen approved all budget items on the list Tuesday night, which included a new phone system for Town Hall.

Although most of the items came in level budgeted for the fiscal 2015 budget session, there were capital increases in the technology budget that included a new phone system that would replace Town Hall’s outdated system.

“Our phone system in Town Hall is exceptionally antiquated when compared to modern office spaces,” Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said. Continue reading…

 

Auditing Tobacco Funds in Hospitals

Audit of Pennsylvania Hospitals Using CURE Funds

Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh will be audited by the  Pennsylvania Auditor General. Eugene DePasquale will be investigating whether funds from CURE are being used properly. Four other hospitals will be receiving the same audit.

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Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has announced his office will perform audits of five healthcare research programs across the state including, Pittsburgh’s Magee-Women’s Research Institute and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

DePasquale will investigate whether the programs funded by the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program (CURE) are using the money as intended. Funding for CURE comes from the landmark tobacco settlement of 1998, which provided Pennsylvania with roughly 300 million dollars annually for state health care needs through 2025. Nearly three-quarters of those funds are currently threatened by an arbitration ruling that could cause huge cuts to the state budget. Continue reading…

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Tobacco Funds to be Audited in Pennsylvania Hospitals

Money from the the state of Pennsylvania’s share of a tobacco settlement has gone to hospitals. The auditor general’s office will be conducting an audit of the funds and how they’re being used. The funds were disbursed over a 12 year period and totals $800 million.

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Pennsylvania’s auditor general says his agency will audit the state Department of Health’s management of the state’s share of tobacco settlement money.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the audit will focus on five research hospitals that have shared in grants totaling nearly $800 million that the department has awarded over the past 12 years.

They are Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Geisinger Clinic in Danville, Magee-Womens Research Institute in Pittsburgh and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey. Continue reading…

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Healthy diet to avoid heart diseases

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People usually suffer heart problems due to many reasons. These diseases might be due to the stress and strain they get from hectic routines, the stress of problems or sudden feelings. The most important cause of heart diseases is the diet people use in their daily life routines. People can follow a few recommendations to make sure they would not have any heart problems. Fat Reduction with Garcinia Cambogia Extract

  • People should try to keep balance in the calories they consume daily with the physical activities so that they can manage their body weight.

  • People should consume certain nutrients and foods that are healthy for them. They must use vegetables, fat free dairy products, seafood, fruits and whole grains.

  • People should try to use fewer foods that include saturated fats, cholesterol, refined grains, added sugar and sodium.

These are the diet you can use to avoid having any heart problems. However, if you already are suffering from heart diseases, you can use the following tips to recover from the disease. These tips will help you lessen the disease and eliminate it completely.

  • Find proper dietitian:

Finding a dietitian is an important part that helps you incorporate with your heart diseases. You can add some healthy guidelines in your diet and use good diet. You may also follow some healthy tips in your cooking.

  • Healthy cooking tips:

People who have heart diseases can lower the risks of diseases and even manage to handle the existing diseases by using a few tips to prepare the meals. These tips include limiting fats in the food, especially the Trans fat and saturated fat. It is very important that individuals having such problems remove visible fats from the meat before using it to prepare the meals. You must bake, roast, boil or stew the lean fish, poultry products and fish before using it. You should drain fats from ground and cooked meat. When you are cooking the stew, gravy, or the soup, you need to refrigerate the skimmed off and leftover fats using spoon before your serve or reheat them.

Make use of fish regularly. You can use it different ways like you can grill it, poach it, boil it or bake it. Use more plants foods because these contain proteins that are healthy for your diet. You can use them in the form of nuts, lentils, pinto beans and soybeans. You can replace the meals containing higher amount of fats with meals that contain very low fat amount. You may also thicken the sauces using evaporated milk that is fat free instead of using whole milk. Make more and more use of vegetable oils or soft margarine in the place of shortening or stick margarine. Limiting the use of doughnuts, French fries, cakes, crackers, cookies, pies, pastries and muffins help you in minimizing the problem if you already are having one.

These are the foods that are containing higher amount of Trans fats. On the other hand, most of the food manufacturers have eliminated the use of Trans fats in their production of diet products. It is essential for the people that they check the ingredients of the food products they are buying to avoid the products that include partial amount of hydrogenated oils. People can use oils like olive oils, soybean oils or canola oil to make their meals. These are not harmful for the heart diseases. If you want to use some nutritious food, you may use salad dressings of walnut, pecan oil or olives.

These are the healthy diets people can use to avoid heart diseases or to make heart diseases worst than before.

Enjoy fun and health on your yoga holidays

Recently a large number of improvements and advancements have been made I the field of health and fitness. One of these improvements is the introduction of yoga for the people crazy about their health and fitness. Yoga holidays are arranged specifically for such people for coupling of their desired health measures. The most important benefit of yoga is that it allows people to relax their mind and body providing their bodies with a lot of strength. People who opt for yoga holidays are also offered with many other facilities that help them in the maintenance of their health and fitness.garcinia cambogia

Yoga was started basically for the people who do not have proper health and lack peace of mind. Whenever a person feels uncomfortable mentally, it is advised to do yoga as it relaxes the mind. After doing yoga, you might feel a sense of freshness in your breath and you also feel strong in your health. Many people often couple their yoga holidays with campfires, swimming, skiing, hiking, massages, nutritional seminars and many other activities like these. Many of the holiday companies provide you with packages for these yoga holidays with all the facilities as well as fun to make you feel fresh and strong.

The life in today’s world is becoming very busy and hectic. Everyone is busy in making their life luxurious, forgetting about their health and fitness. However, it is the biggest mistake to ignore your health in the race of life. Work and health should go side by side in a person’s life to keep both of these go in the best possible way. Otherwise, a person can never work properly if he lacks in his health. This is the reason why yoga was introduced for people busy in their hectic life schedule. The benefit of yoga is that it shows effects n your health and mind as soon as you start doing it.

 

CrossFit Injuries

Kevin Ogar was seriously injured this past weekend in a CrossFit competition. Ogar got the weight over his head but dropped it behind his back when it proved too heavy. The weights then bounced and hit Ogar in the back injuring his spine.

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Kevin Ogar was performing a routine “snatch” at a fitness competition this weekend in southern California, a move thousands of amateur athletes do in their local CrossFit gyms each week, when something went wrong.

Ogar, a top-tier CrossFit athlete, hoped his training would one day take him to the equivalent of the World Series of the burgeoning sport, the CrossFit Games, where $300,000 and professional sponsorship could be top prizes. The sport combines weightlifting, gymnastics and sprinting. Continue reading…

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News About Teeth

Actor Keeps Teeth As Momento

Jonah Hill stars in The Wolf of Wall Street alongside Leo DiCaprio. In the movie, Hill wears a pair of dentures. He was given those dentures to keep as a souvenir; he couldn’t be happier about it or prouder of the film.

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We’re not sure what’s bigger about Donnie Azoff: his teeth, or his many voracious appetites.

In The Wolf of Wall Street, Jonah Hill tears it up as Azoff, a greedy, amoral, philandering drug addict who’s the business partner of equally corruptJordan Belfort (Leo DiCaprio).

And all those lines of what looks like cocaine the guys did during the six-month shoot?

“I got bronchitis from all the vitamin D powder we were snorting. It stayed in my lungs. But I’d be sick every day all over again to do this movie,” says Hill.

Hill says he did get to keep his very dramatic dentures, a worthy memento from theMartin Scorsese-directed film. Continue reading…

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Correcting Buck Teeth In Children

Prominent teeth in children are often referred to as buck teeth. These teeth are typically corrected with the help of orthodontic treatment. New research suggests that this correction is best done in two phases.

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Children with prominent front teeth, colloquially known as buck teeth, often require orthodontic work to straighten their teeth and improve both their bite and appearance. This can be done in one stage during early adolescence (age 10 to 16) or two stages with the first stage between age 7 and 11 and the second in early adolescence. A new Cochrane review finds few benefits to the two-stage correction.

Upper front teeth that stick out are more likely to be broken or knocked out in an accident. In addition, their appearance can lead to a child being made fun of or being bullied. But orthodontists, parents, and children are faced with deciding whether to treat in two stages, early and late, or in just one later stage. Continue reading…

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Battling Mosquitoes

Breadfruit Could be Answer to Fight Against Mosquitoes

Breadfruit, has been found to repel insects including mosquitos. The fruit has three chemicals that repel the insects. The chemicals include capric acid, undecanoic acid and lauric acid.

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Breadfruit has been a hit in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia for more than 3,000 years because of its many pluses: This tropical staple food crop is plentiful and packed with nutrients. It’s hailed by some as a possible solution to world hunger, but it could play a totally different—but equally important—role in saving lives.

Scientists with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have found that breadfruit flowers contain three chemicals that work wonderfully for repelling flying insects, including mosquitoes. In Hawaii and other regions, people have known for years that burning dried clusters of the flowers, known as “male inflorescences,” can keep bugs at bay. Continue reading…

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Preventing the Spread of Malaria

Scientists are working to prevent mosquitoes from getting malaria. If the mosquitoes don’t get malaria then they cant pass it on to humans. The bacteria’s known as Wolbachia and Pantoea Agglomerans both prevent the mosquitoes from getting malaria.

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Mosquitoes suck. And malaria sucks even more. The disease—caused by the Plasmodium parasite, which is transmitted by mosquitoes—infects more than 300 million people and kills 1.2 million annually. One way to protect humans, though, is to protect the mosquitoes: If they’re not sick, you won’t be either. Researchers are working on two ways to get this done, both using bacteria. (Field tests could be five years away, so keep slapping on the DEET.)

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After promising results using mosquitoes carrying the Wolbachia bacterium to reduce Dengue fever, researchers at Michigan State University tried using it to squash Plasmodium too. (Wolbachia amps up the skeeters’ immune systems, blocking out the parasite.) When they injected it into embryos, the resulting mosquito moms passed the bacteria to their spawn, infecting and thus protecting an entire population. That the bugs stayed malaria-free for multiple generations means this could be a one-time, permanent fix. Still to be addressed: The mosquitoes in this study are the kind that live in India, but the biggest malaria problem is in Africa. Continue reading…

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Mosquito problem in India

The mosquito situation in Nagpur City India is causing great concern. The city has had 237 cases of dengue fever this year. There is a rise in the disease as well as mosquito breeding grounds.

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The mosquito menace has reached alarming proportions in Nagpur city, with 237 patients afflicted by dengue fever this year as yet. The situation is most concerning in Hanuman Nagar zone, where the health department collected samples from 78 suspected patients and found that 33 were suffering from dengue fever.

Though civic authorities claimed that the anti-mosquito drive was implemented in an organized manner, the menace has not been curbed. Flushing of drains using saline water and fogging to destroy adult mosquitoes was not carried out regularly, say sources. Continue reading…

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Spraying For Mosquitoes

The US Navy and US Department of Agriculture tested aerial spraying of the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes last month. This is the mosquito that is known to spread dengue fever. Twenty two people contracted the disease in south florida.

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In late October, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Department of Agriculture tested insecticidal aerial spraying techniques over a warfare range in Jacksonville, Fla. The purpose: to evaluate how to lower populations of the blood-feeding Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits dengue fever.

Farther south, on the Treasure Coast, Florida health officials had a busy summer trying to control the most recent dengue fever outbreak. Some 22 people contracted the disease, known as break-bone fever for its debilitating joint pain and severe flu-like symptoms.

“It’s very difficult to spray everywhere where this mosquito hides and breeds,” said Gene Lemire, director of Martin County Mosquito Control. “It’s very sneaky.” Continue reading…

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Orthodontists In The News

Orthodontist Announces Retirement

A local orthodontist in Cranford is retiring after 50 years of practicing. He was the city’s first orthodontist. He had a career worthy of emulation and respect and will be missed by his patients.

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After 50 years of practicing dentistry in Cranford, Dr. Frank Krause is retiring. He was Cranford’s first orthodontist. As he begins a new chapter in his life he will be missed by his patients including multiple generations of some families. Throughout his years in practice Dr. Krause’s mission has been “to provide the most advanced, ethical, caring orthodontic treatment possible.”

In 1963, Dr. Krause, a native of Rahway, started his practice in a small home-office in Cranford, a town he chose as a family-oriented community. He brought his bride Barbara to Cranford from Pennsylvania where they met while he was at the Temple University graduate orthodontic program. They have remained Cranford residents ever since, raising their four children here. Their youngest son Dr. Kurt Krause now practices general dentistry in Cranford. Continue reading…

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Orthodontist Convicted of IRS Scam Attempt

Glen Unger was once a practicing orthodontist. He has now been convicted of a number of charges including obstructing and impeding the IRS, filing false claims against the US, and tax evasion. All of this happened as part of a multi-year scheme.

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Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney, Northern District of New York, announces that on October 21, 2013, before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Tomas J. McAvoy, a jury convicted Glenn Richard Unger (62, of Ogdensburg, New York) of the following offenses: obstructing and impeding the Internal Revenue Service (IRS); filing false claims against the United States; tax evasion; and passing fictitious obligations.

The evidence at trial showed that Glenn Richard Unger engaged in a multi-year scheme to obstruct and impede the IRS by filing numerous false and fraudulent claims with the IRS for payment of a refund of taxes totaling approximately $36 million. Between 2007 and 2011, Glenn Richard Unger filed 14 false tax returns claiming that he earned substantial income reported on IRS Forms 1099-OID, had substantial withholdings on that income, and was entitled to $36 million in tax refunds. Despite numerous warning letters from the IRS that his returns were frivolous, he continued filing false tax returns. Continue reading…

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Dental Care At Halloween

Halloween And Caring For Your Teeth

It’s no secret that candy is bad for your teeth. Halloween provides kids and their parents with way too many delicious treats. But some candy is actually worse for your teeth than others.

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• Sticky, chewy snacks like caramel, gummy bears, salt water taffy and even dried fruit get stuck in the teeth easily. The general rule is that the stickier the candy, the worse it is for your teeth. Delta Dental’s survey says 57 percent of kids eat chewy candy at Halloween.

• Candy corn is laden with sugar that produces acid that eats away at your teeth.

• Sour candies have high acid levels that break down tooth enamel, especially the soft enamel of young children.

• Hard candies stay in your mouth for a long time, drenching it in sugar. Continue reading…

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Avoiding Dental Setbacks At Halloween

Kids love candy and Halloween, but their teeth aren’t as happy about the high doses of sugar that come with the holiday. One dentist recommends setting up rules with your kids about their candy. The sugar does less damage when eaten in moderation.

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It’s a safe bet that your children are excited about Halloween, with its colorful costumes and trick or treating. The candy they bring home can wreak havoc on their teeth, and Dr. Bryan Dunlap of Dunlap Dental is has some helpful suggestions on how to help your youngsters enjoy their Halloween haul without a dental setback. Moderate the candy flow A recent study by the American Dental Association found that nearly two-thirds of kids said they eat too much candy at Halloween. Sit down with your kids when trick or treating is done and sort their candy. Let them help choose which items to have for now and which ones to put away for later. Moderating their candy intake is a great way to keep your kids’ teeth protected. Look for alternative treats It’s not necessary to totally deny Halloween treats to your kids for them to maintain dental health. At the same time, you can seek out other items to treat your kids to—give them fruit that they like, or something that’s not food at all, like a favorite video game or iTunes gift card. Continue reading…

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