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The burgeoning tragedy of elder abuse

In a mailing blitz targeting the public places and businesses frequented by senior citizens, Westchester County last month launched a community education campaign in an ongoing effort by a public and private partnership to curb elder abuse, a growing and often hidden national problem.

Thomson divests Prometric, buys Health Care Data

Thomson Corp. is selling its Prometric educational testing subsidiary to Educational Testing Service for $435 million.

Malpractice insurance scalds doctors

Dr. Michael Rosenberg, a plastic surgeon based in Mount Kisco and the 2008 president-elect of the Medical Society of the State of New York, pays $65,000 a year in malpractice liability insurance premiums.

Law targets drug marketing practices

The steep increase in prescription drug prices is squeezing businesses’ ability to afford health care insurance for their employees.

Rx for health coverage proves illusive

Between snake-oil pitches and more substantive remedies for what ails Connecticut’s health-care system, Gov. M. Jodi Rell and state Democrats left the patient languishing on the legislative gurney right up to a cliffhanger ending worthy of Grey’s Anatomy.

Summit addresses concerns of elderly

“One day,” said Ann Palmer Moss of the Elant Foundation, “it will be us.”

Summit addresses economic impact of aging population

“One day,” said Ann Palmer Moss of the Elant Foundation, “it will be us.”

Medical insurance is in critical condition

Owners of small- and medium-sized businesses in the Hudson Valley are dropping health insurance for their employees, unable to afford the high cost of premiums.

Bill would tap HMOs for hospital help

William Mooney Jr. is hopeful that a bill in Albany requiring HMO’s to reinvest part of their profits back into hospitals will pass soon.

Red Cross seeks leader savvy to county ways

The Westchester County chapter of the American Red Cross has begun searching for a chief executive officer to lead the agency, which has gone three months with interim national Red Cross staffers holding key local posts.

Treating war’s casualties

We listened with great interest to a proposal that state and federal lawmakers are pitching that would add the Northeast Center for Special Care to the government’s network of facilities treating soldiers returning from war with traumatic brain injuries.

Kingston center seeks OK to treat war vets with brain injuries

Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries (TBI) might soon be able to receive treatment at a Hudson Valley facility that specializes in such cases, enabling vets from the area to get help closer to home.

Kingston’s hospitals move ahead with consolidation

Since adopted into law at the end of last year, the recommendations of the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, or the Berger Commission as it’s better known, have triggered a number of lawsuits from health-care employee unions and facilities that have been slated for closing or downsizing.

Feds join suit against Boehringer Ingelheim

Even as Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. enjoys rapidly escalating revenue and accolades for its sales force, it is battling government lawyers’ claims that a subsidiary improperly inflated wholesale drug prices it reports in order to help client pharmacies sell drugs.

Netherlanders stop off at White Plains Hospital

Several students from one of the Netherlands’ first nurse practitioner (NP) programs toured White Plains Hospital Center last week to get a glimpse of how those in the profession function in the U.S. health-care system.