Dr. Pankaj Patel, administrator David Thompson and their Turlock attorney, Mike Warda, spoke Wednesday to the 11-member commission that governs Health Plan of San Joaquin. They advocated for dental surgery centers and the low-income children who receive badly needed treatment at the centers.
Dan Golden is not the first person to dispute with Medicare over an ambulance bill. No doubt, many people have shared his frustration. The federal program for Americans age 65 and older denied payment for an ambulance transport between Modesto and Oakdale for his father Oct. 10.
Stanislaus County public health officials responded this week to a case of meningitis involving a student at Fair Oaks Elementary School in Oakdale. Dr. John Walker, county public health officer, said the 8-year-old boy was hospitalized and returned home Friday.
The Senate passed a Medicare payment reform bill that renews some funding for six primary care residencies in California, including the physician training program at Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. Also, the Burbank Paradise Fire Protection District wants to put a tax increase before voters in the special district.
Stanislaus County staff members are asking the Planning Commission to continue a use permit request for Central Valley Recycling, which wants to intensify its scrap-metal recycling operation in south Modesto. Planners are expected to consider the land use permit May 7.
Employees at the American Medical Response billing center in Salida will continue working on borrowed time, but their employer is firm about closing the office in mid-August, according to recent letters to Stanislaus County’s Board of Supervisors. Centrex Revenue Solutions notified the county that another 66 employees will lose their jobs when the operation comes to an end in August. They include medical records employees, billing assistants, quality assurance specialists, a mail room clerk and supervisors who were not included in previous layoff notices.
More than 70 percent of Stanislaus County residents have access to parks or recreation facilities, says a study that compared exercise opportunities in different regions of the U.S. Stanislaus fared well in the national comparisons published last month, but health indicators suggest not enough people are exercising.
Owing to warmer-than-normal temperatures, residents could be scratching after they dry out from the rainfall this weekend. Dave Heft, general manager of the Turlock Mosquito Abatement District, said the conditions should be right for mosquitoes to breed in puddles, flower pots and trees in residential areas of the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
Covered California reported that a larger number of Latinos are applying for insurance from the state’s health exchange. Through Monday, more than 300,000 state residents had inquired about coverage and were found to be eligible under the federal health law. Latinos made up 50 percent of those who gave information about their ethnicity.
There’s a new option in Stanislaus County for parents who need to make child support payments. Beginning Monday, parents can make payments in cash at MoneyGram stations in retail stores such as Walmart or CVS pharmacies. The state Department of Child Support Services began with a pilot program in Contra Costa County and expanded the service to a group of counties including Stanislaus and San Joaquin.
Stanislaus County officials are reporting success with a program that extends services to foster youths after they turn 18. A California law enacted in 2010 provides for additional services for young people who graduate from traditional foster care. For years, scholars found alarming rates of unemployment, homelessness and criminal arrests among young people who were on their own after aging out of foster care.
A low-cost innovation to handle stormwater in the Parklawn neighborhood in south Modesto has not been well received. Also, Golden Valley Health Center employees continue to air their grievances with management
The rush to turn in well permit applications in Stanislaus County continued right up until Tuesday’s start date for a more stringent review policy. The county Department of Environmental Resources said it received 61 well permit requests in the three business days before Tuesday. Under a new county policy, farmers applying for permits on Nov. 25 or later will need to show their new wells outside irrigation districts won’t have an undesired effect on groundwater levels.
With all of the people enrolling in insurance and Medi-Cal through health care reform, it seems that local hospitals and clinics could use more doctors. At this time of year, we see a lot of medical school graduates in town to compete for training opportunities with the Valley Consortium for Medical Education.