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MALTA

Hospital adds partner for Malta senior housing

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015
The Wesley Community of Saratoga Springs will be a partner in the senior citizen housing that Saratoga Hospital is proposing in Malta, the two organizations said this week.
 
ALBANY

NY court upholds outdoor smoking ban at parks

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014
A ban on outdoor smoking in New York parks was upheld Wednesday by a midlevel court, reversing a judge and dismissing a challenge filed by a smokers' rights group.
 
CAPITAL REGION

Cancer patients sue CDPHP for coverage

Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014
Patients of the Capital Region’s largest cancer practice have filed a class-action suit against an Albany insurer in an attempt to maintain in-network coverage for their cancer care.
 
Being uninsured in America will cost you more
WASHINGTON

Being uninsured in America will cost you more

Monday, Dec. 29, 2014
Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's law, and those who were uninsured face fines.
 
Apartment concept OK’d for Malta medical campus
MALTA

Apartment concept OK’d for Malta medical campus

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014
Saratoga Hospital is looking to add senior citizen housing — including assisted-living apartments — at its medical campus near Northway Exit 12.
 
CAPITAL REGION

Feds sign off on Capital Region health-care partnership

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014
The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has approved the Capital Region’s first Accountable Care Organization, the result of a regional alliance announced earlier this year by Ellis Medicine and St. Peter’s Health Partners.
 
ALBANY

NY law limits probes of unconventional medicine

Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
New York law has been changed to prohibit state investigations of doctors for unconventional treatments of diseases, specifically including Lyme disease.
 
ALBANY

NY proposes rules for medical marijuana

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
New York officials on Thursday proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016.
 
CAPITAL REGION

Area hospitals get head start in fighting flu

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
Capital Region hospitals are putting visitor restrictions in place starting Friday in an effort to reduce the spread of flu as cases pick up across the region and state.
 
Pastors back cooperative treatment of mental illness
CAPITAL REGION

Pastors back cooperative treatment of mental illness

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014
Most Christian ministers these days, including many in evangelical and conservative churches, are in agreement that mental health professionals are sometimes a necessary option in dealing with mental health crises.
 
ALBANY

NY open health insurance enrollment extended

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
New Yorkers will get an extra five days to enroll or renew their health insurance coverage through the state health exchange, NY State of Health.
 
Snowblowers cause flurry of injuries
CAPITAL REGION

Snowblowers cause flurry of injuries

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
Winter has arrived early and so have the hand injuries from snowblowers.
 
CAPITAL REGION

Flu already a problem in four area counties

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
With the number of flu cases rising both locally and across New York, the state Health Department has declared influenza “prevalent” in New York state.
 
SCHENECTADY

Schenectady County health effort gets federal money

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
Schenectady County has received a $1.35 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
ALBANY

NY tells insurers to cover transgender treatment

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014
New York's financial regulators advised health insurers statewide on Thursday to cover transgender treatment deemed to be medically necessary.
 
 

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