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The complexities of billing the Medicare program may have provided cover for some major health insurers in an effort to defraud the federal government. According to a report from The New York Times, the companies may have exaggerated patient diagnoses to inflate Medicare payments by billions of dollars. Buffalo Congressman Brian Higgins decried the practice, calling it a "blatant violation of the public trust."

Food & Drug Administration

Lawmakers in New York are debating whether to add electronic cigarettes to the state's ban on smoking in public areas like workplaces, bars and restaurants. The state Assembly already has endorsed the idea.

Veggie lovers turning to CSAs for produce straight from the farm

May 22, 2017
Wendy Guild Swearingen

Most people buy their vegetables the "usual" way, in that weekly trip to the grocery store. But more and more Western New Yorkers are preferring to get their produce straight from the farm, through what's called a CSA. Buffalo Spree editor Wendy Guild Swearingen, a WBFO contributor, found out more.

S.H.E. Clinic

Bleeding disorders in women and young girls can affect every-day life – from missed days at work to missed time in the classroom. But, often, the disorders go undiagnosed. A new clinic in Buffalo’s Delaware District is working to change that.


National Public Radio

There has been another sudden surge in apparent drug overdoses in Erie County and in the surrounding counties: eleven cases between Saturday afternoon and Monday afternoon.

WBFO's Mike Desmond

Dozens of people were in a Lancaster park Thursday, protesting Congressman Chris Collins' vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Senior citizens are vulnerable to abuse, not only of their physical selves but also of their life's savings. This morning in Amherst, partners in a newly formed task force announced their mission to provide elderly individuals with assistance in cases of financial abuse and exploitation.


Avery Schneider / WBFO News

For many people, the term “population health” may be new and undefined concept. What do you know about it, and does it involve you? Find out.


Almost 100 hospitals reported suspicious data on dangerous infections to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials, but the agency did not follow up or examine any of the cases in depth, according to a report by the Health and Human Services inspector general's office.

Most hospitals report how many infections strike patients during treatment, meaning the infections are likely contracted inside the facility. Each year, Medicare is supposed to review up to 200 cases in which hospitals report suspicious infection-tracking results.

National Public Radio

Legislation that would authorize people with terminal illnesses to request life-ending drugs from a physician is again before state lawmakers in Albany.

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Western New Yorkers will gather outside Congressman Chris Collins’ Williamsville office on Thursday afternoon to stage a die-in demonstration, sparked by his vote on the American Health Care Act. A coordinated sister event will be simultaneously held in front of the Congressman’s Geneseo office.

One day after House Republicans led passage of the American Health Care Act, advocates for the developmentally disabled in Western New York are raising concerns about a key element of the plan.


Some of New York’s leaders are expressing outrage over the Republican House of Representatives vote to undo the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.


Buffalo’s Lafayette Square was host, on Wednesday afternoon, to the latest stop in a campaign to educate New Yorkers on a potential new tool in the fight against drug use - a tool that is drawing mixed opinions.


New York State has a new plan to control the prices of prescription drugs under its Medicaid program. Medicaid is a government-funded health insurance plan covering patients who are poor, elderly or have disabilities. Bret Jaspers of WBFO affiliate WSKG talked to the state’s Medicaid director to find out how he is going to keep drug prices in check.

A New York program that allows court-ordered therapy for thousands of seriously mentally ill people will expire next month if the Legislature doesn't renew it.

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New York has a new plan to control the prices of prescription drugs under its Medicaid program, the government-funded health insurance plan for people who elderly, disabled, children or poor adults.

Office of State Senator Chris Jacobs

New York State ranks last in the nation for participation by residents in organ donor registries. So how do you change that when most people sign up at their local auto bureau when getting a driver’s license?

Paul Schermerhorn

Drugs and the opioid epidemic are an ongoing burden in Western New York, with continuous efforts being made through education, medical treatment, and government agencies. But a church in Jamestown is trying a different approach to dealing with this very real crisis.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Health officials working closely with an ongoing opioid addiction epidemic say the problem is not going away any time soon. But New York State is committing $213 million to help expand treatment, recovery and prevention programs with the hope the tide may soon turn.


Excellus

Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield is looking for people who may be owed money.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

Have you gotten up and on your feet at work today? Many in the downtown Buffalo area who did took part in National Walk at Lunch Day. WBFO’s Avery Schneider joined them for a stroll.


WBFO's Eileen Buckley file photo

New York's mental health leaders are uniting to condemn psychological treatments designed to alter the sexual orientation of a minor.

In the ongoing debate over health care reform, what is the one thing that impacts Western New York the most? What will the local health care industry look like a year from now? The experts weigh in.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

When the only certainty in the debate over health care is uncertainty, how do we prepare for the future? That’s the key question being taken up by Western New York’s health care industry.

The Medical Society of New York State has decided to ask doctors for their opinions on physician assisted dying.

REUTERS/Lindsay DeDario

An investigative report released by Reuters News shows the City of Buffalo to be one of the most at-risk cities in the nation for child exposure to lead. Such exposure is linked to hindered learning and behavioral development. While the city and Erie County are making progress, there are fears proposed federal budget cuts could set back prevention efforts.


The Food and Drug Administration says children under 12 should not be given prescription medicines that contain codeine or another narcotic, tramadol, and that such drugs can also be dangerous to youth between 12 and 18.

A survey aimed at helping patients choose a hospital with solid safety standards finds three of Western New York’s medical institutions to be among the best in the state. But how useful is a report card for prospective patients if it doesn’t cover all of the area hospitals?


A new report says Ontario is having as much a problem with opioids as New York State.

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