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.