LCGH receives critical access designation

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

Lewis County General Hospital has announced that it has received Critical Access Hospital designation from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The designation was created by Congress to strengthen the delivery of healthcare in rural areas. There are currently over 1300 critical access hospitals in the United
States and including Lewis County General Hospital, with 16 critical access hospitals in New York. The certification allows Lewis County General to receive cost-based reimbursements from the federal government for Medicare services the hospital provides for patients. Prior to Critical Access status, the hospital was paid for services to Medicare patients through a prospective payment system, based on predetermined compensation amounts correlated to patient diagnosis, rather than actual number of treatments, interventions or length of stay. Medicaid outpatient services, as well, will be reimbursed on a payment amount per episode basis, which boosts the payment rate for those services.

National Grid bills for April will be down

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

National Grid customers should get some relief from their next energy bill after prices increased rapidly during the winter due to supply costs for electricity dropping slightly. National Grid says customers can expect their next electric bills to be 40% cheaper than the month before, which is a reflection of cheaper than anticipated supply costs two months ago. The power utility predicts supply costs that far ahead based on the market.
February turned out to be lower than expected, so April bills will be down. The increase in energy prices this winter was enough to upset customers and cause Senator Charles Schumer to call for an investigation into possible rate gouging. While this energy bill will be down, a National Grid spokesperson stated that March supply costs were slightly up, so May bills will bump up again.

Community Pride Day coming up on May 7th

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

Community Pride Day is coming up on May 7th. All volunteers are being asked to check in and sign up early for a section of roadway and to reserve your t-shirt size. Signing up ensures that all roads get the they need attention to be ready for summer as well as lets organizers know how many people to expect for lunch. Work gloves are recommended, but not supplied. When volunteers check in they will be told when and where lunch will be held. To sign up early in Inlet or Eagle Bay, call 357-5501. In Old Forge or Thendara, call the Town of Webb Visitor Center 369-6983.

Schumer opposes spent grain rule

on Wednesday, 23 April 2014.

US Senator Charles Schumer is stating his opposition to a proposed new federal rule on the upstate craft brew industry and farmers. The FDA is attempting to regulate spent grain, which is a natural byproduct of the brewing process, in a way that would prevent brewers from selling or donating it directly to farmers who use it to feed animals. Schumer stated that the rule, which is part of the FDA's implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, would put unnecessary regulation on brewers wishing to donate or sell spent grain. The new regulations would reportedly force brewers to meet a series of requirements, including changing the way they store and monitor spent grain, before selling or donating it to farmers. Brewers would have to go through a costly hazard analysis, including identifying possible food safety risks and establishing preventive controls. Schumer said such a process is unnecessary and burdensome given the lack of any documented health risk to humans or animals.

Boonville Town Supervisor gives April report

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

We speak with Boonville Town Supervisor John Gaylord, who gives his report for April.

Audio Interview

We will have more with Mr. Gaylord tomorrow.

Boonville Clean-Up to be held Saturday

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

The Boonville Village-Wide Clean-up will be held Saturday in conjunction with Earth Day. We spoke with Barb Freeman from the Boonville Environmental Council, who has more.

Audio Interview

We will have more on the clean-up tomorrow.

Remsen under boil water advisory

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

The Village of Remsen is under a boil water advisory. Village officials report that crews are working on lines on Main Street as well as a water main break on Prospect Street. Due to low pressure, the village is asking residents to boil water until further notice.

Oscar Mayer recalling mislabeled hot dogs

on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said that Kraft's "Oscar
Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs." The agency said the
product labels are incorrect and do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese dogs. Those products were made with milk, which is a known allergen & is not declared on the label. The products were made in early March and bear the number "Est. 537H" inside the USDA mark of inspection. People with questions about the recall are being asked to contact Kraft's consumer relations department at 1-855-688-4386.

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