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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and the Children’s Hospital for the Hudson Valley, once again teamed up with 100.7 WHUD, Westchester and the Hudson Valley’s music and information station, to host the 14th Annual 100.7 WHUD Radiothon For The Kids.


WHUD Radiothon Stars

100.7 WHUD has been a consistent supporter of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital for more than a decade, and that support continued with this year’s event. The Radiothon featured WHUD personalities Mike Bennett, Kacey Morabito Grean, Tom Furci and Andy Bale, broadcasting live from the lobby of the Children’s Hospital.

Throughout the three-day broadcast, 100.7 WHUD personalities spoke live with Hudson Valley children and families who returned to the hospital to share uplifting and inspiring stories of triumph over significant medical challenges under the care of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

Community partners — including 100.7 WHUD, ShopRite Supermarkets Inc., Saw Mill Auto, Tompkins Mahopac Bank, All Aboard Childcare Education Centers and more — showed their support for the region’s seriously ill and injured children by contributing to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital during the Radiothon. Additionally, Boy and Girl Scout troops, high school sports teams, and area families brought their collected “loot” to the hospital for counting as part of the hospital’s Western-themed, Change Bandits donation program.

The 2017 Radiothon raised almost $350,000 for Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.

Among the many local families that participated in the event, the 14th Annual 100.7 WHUD Radiothon For The Kids also featured three “Stars” who represented the more than 30,000 children under Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s care every year.


Helen Hayes Hospital’s subacute Skilled Nursing Facility and Transitional Care Units have once again received five-star ratings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The hospital was recognized once again as a top-tier healthcare provider according to CMS’ Five-Star Quality Rating System, which guides patients, families and caregivers in the selection of nursing facilities.

Five-Star Quality Ratings can be viewed in detail at CMS’ Nursing Home Compare website.


Burke Rehabilitation Hospital hosted the Fearless Caregiver Conference to educate and provide assistance options for families and caregivers. The event took place on Burke’s campus in White Plains in honor of National Family Caregivers Month.


Burke Rehabilitation Hospital hosted the Fearless Caregiver Conference.

“The physical and emotional burden of becoming a caregiver is often overlooked in the medical world, but caring for a loved one is a significant responsibility in someone’s life,” Burke President and CEO Jeffrey Menkes says. “Resources such as our Marsal Caregiver Center, the first of its kind in the nation, and the upcoming Fearless Caregiver Conference can be extremely helpful to families that are struggling to balance caring for their loved one and continuing to live their daily lives.”

The daylong conference consisted of two sessions during which a panel of experts answered questions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Helping caregivers learn how to legally protect aging parents
  • Motivating family members to help
  • Securing the future of an adult child
  • Other new challenges that arise from taking care of an aging parent or loved one

Studies show caregiving takes a physical, mental and emotional toll on caregivers. Over time, up to 70 percent of full-time caregivers develop symptoms of depression from the stress and workload.

In an effort to support the loved ones who care for its patients, Burke opened the 1,657-square-foot Marsal Caregiver Center in May 2018, the first of its kind in a rehabilitation hospital in the U.S. and the fifth caregiver center in the Montefiore Health System. The Center expands the definition of care, taking a holistic approach to what it means to provide aid for the health and welfare of the whole family, not just the patient.

Caregiver Media Group, the nation’s first integrated media organization serving caregivers online, in print and in person, is Burke’s partner in presenting the conference. Established in 1995, Caregiver Media Group has become the recognized media authority on caregiving through Today’s Caregiver magazine, Caregiver.com, the Fearless Caregiver Conferences and the award-winning book The Fearless Caregiver: How to Get the Best Care for Your Loved One and Still Have a Life of Your Own.


The AMA announced new policies on emerging healthcare issues that were adopted at the conclusion of the semiannual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. The policies adopted by the House of Delegates include:

Eliminating Barriers to Automated External Defibrillator Use

Despite efforts to make automated external defibrillators (AEDs) available in schools, workplaces and public spaces — as supported by AMA Policy H-130.938 — studies have shown that the majority of the public either cannot identify an AED or is unaware of where AEDs are located. Delegates endorsed efforts to promote the importance of AED use and public awareness of AED locations by using solutions such as integrating AED sites into widely accessible mobile maps.

Collaborating with Medicare and Medicaid on Prior Authorization Relief

The AMA adopted a new policy aimed at improving the experience of Medicare and Medicaid patients, while significantly reducing administrative burdens, by establishing a set of processes and parameters when prior authorization is required for medical services and treatments covered by federal health programs.

The new policy recommends the following processes and parameters to prior authorization programs for Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid and managed care organizations contracted to deliver Medicaid health benefits:

  • List services and prescription medications that require prior authorization on a website and ensure that patient informational materials include full disclosure of any prior authorization requirements.
  • Notify providers of any changes to prior authorization requirements at least 45 days prior to change.
  • Improve transparency by requiring plans to report on the scope of prior authorization practices, including the list of services and prescription medications subject to prior authorization and corresponding denial, delay and approval rates.
  • Standardize a prior authorization request form.
  • Minimize prior authorization requirements as much as possible within each plan, and eliminate the application of prior authorization to services and prescription medications that are routinely approved.
  • Pay for services and prescription medications for which prior authorization has been approved unless fraudulently obtained or ineligible at time of service.
  • Allow continuation of medications already being administered or prescribed when a patient changes health plans, and only change such medications when they cannot be changed by the health plan without discussion and approval of the ordering physician.
  • Make an easily accessible and responsive direct communication tool available to resolve disagreements between health plan and ordering provider.

Through a new website, FixPriorAuth.org, the AMA is giving patients and physicians a way to share their experiences with prior authorization and add their voices to advocacy for reform.


NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital hosted “Cocktails & Conversation” at its Carol H. Taylor Breast Health Center. Hosted by Bronxville residents Lansing Martinelli, Jennie Jacobs, Wendy Fahy and Mary Taylor Behrens, the event brought together 55 community members to tour the state-of-the-art Center, which received the 2018 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers, and to hear from NYP Lawrence President Michael J. Fosina, MPH, FACHE, and the Center’s Director, Lynn Chinitz, MD. The Center is named after Carol Hunter Taylor, mother of Mary Taylor Behrens and an active Bronxville resident for 42 years, whose extended family and friends helped contribute the seed money for the facility.


Lawrence Hospital’s Breast Health Center event

CareMount Medical, P.C. announced that on Jan. 1, 2019, the physicians and employees of the Murray Hill Medical Group (MHMG) will join CareMount Medical, establishing CareMount Medical’s first office presence in Manhattan. Located at 317 E. 34th St., New York, MHMG is a multispecialty private practice affiliated with NYU Langone Medical Center.

Founded in 1992 by four practicing internists affiliated with the NYU School of Medicine, MHMG has grown from the original four physicians and eight staff members to over 40 physicians and advanced practice professionals and over 100 staff, who see more than 140,000 patients annually. MHMG’s main site comprises 14 specialties and is within three blocks of the company’s gastroenterology and cardiology procedure site at 347 E. 37th St.