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Your mother or father probably once told you the price of an item is not the same as its cost. What that meant was the price is what you pay for something today. But the cost of a product factors in not only what you pay for it but also what the product returns to you over time.
With privileges at all five Syracuse hospitals, The Heart Group of Syracuse provides rigorously tailored, streamlined care to Central New York patients who need cardiac electrophysiology services.
On April 1, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists (SOS) opened the doors of its new location at the Heritage Commons building in North Syracuse, providing comprehensive, coordinated treatment by expert orthopedists using state-of-the-art technology.
Stepparents present an interesting issue for healthcare providers treating minor stepchildren. Because minors — those under the age of 18 — are deemed incapable of consenting to their own medical treatment under New York law, providers must obtain informed consent from the minor’s parent or legal guardian before commencing treatment.1 The question we have been called on to answer numerous times is whether stepparents are authorized under the law to give such consent.
By utilizing technology, Southern Tier HealthLink is making profound effects on care delivery through facilitated electronic exchange of health information.
Interventional physiatrists effectively treat musculoskeletal and spine pain using therapeutic options that restore patients’ functionality and quality of life.
We spend years working at our jobs, diligently setting aside a portion of our pay into retirement savings accounts. The plan is to retire a little earlier and live a little longer than the average person, and not to run out of money in the process! The biggest threat against this plan is not a stock market “correction” or higher taxes, but rather a long-term care event that might happen to you or your spouse early in retirement.
By now, most medical practices have already wrestled with whether to start down the road of using an electronic health record (EHR) system. The vast majority have decided to make the jump.
Q: Mr. Miller, what is the background of your firm — what year founded, how many locations? A: Audibel is a national firm, founded in 1969, with locations across the United States. I am the owner of the Syracuse Hearing Aid Center, DBA Audibel here in Central New York. We have three convenient locations.
In times of old, not much thought went into buying and selling real estate. You could get a mortgage for more than the purchase price with little money down, and sellers could ask more money than a property was worth.
Offering the only cancer program in Central New York accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, Upstate Medical University is integrating oncology care under one roof. This beautiful new setting provides sophisticated medical treatments and extensive patient and family resources.
Health care was the largest job-creation sector the past several years, with most of the jobs added in ambulatory care facilities. It has been a trend that hasn’t slowed down.
In the final stretch of the year, if the ground feels like it’s moving because of uncertainty related to meaningful use, that’s because it is. Things have not gone as planned with the program, and the rules are still in a state of flux. Each practice has to come to grips with its EHR situation based on how the new proposed “flexibility rule” affects it.
A year anticipated as one fraught with challenges for meaningful users attempting to adopt new stage 2 rules for EHR, 2014 has not disappointed. As it turns out, however, the greatest challenge has come from announcements of changes by the rule makers themselves.
It has been said that buying life insurance is like going to see the dentist: No one wants to do it, but you know you need to. Almost all medical professionals will own some amount of life insurance during their lifetime. 
Our office routinely answers questions from physician offices and hospitals regarding waiver of patient copays and deductibles (collectively “coinsurance”).
Our office routinely answers questions from physician offices and hospitals regarding waiver of patient copays and deductibles (collectively “coinsurance”). The temptation to waive coinsurance arises in many different scenarios, including the following: when patients are financially distressed, when one wishes to extend professional courtesy to colleagues and their families, and when collection efforts have negligible results. 
Eileen Brophy of Brophy Services offers an inside look at cleaning services for healthcare facilities.
In the past few months alone, more than $250 million in fines have been handed out for Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute violations across the country.
In the world of leading-edge radiology care, subspecialty expertise is a must.