In a report issued today, the New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli discloses that the New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) erroneously paid as much as $11 million for special items such as implants, drugs and blood and evaluation procedures that were not performed according to two audits released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Payments to hospitals accounted for an estimated $3.2 million of this amount, with medical providers paid as much as $7.8 million for phony evaluations. In one of the audits, DiNapoli’s auditors found errors resulting in overpayments in 57 percent of the claims reviewed.
“While most New Yorkers are watching their spending, Blue Cross and Blue Shield and United HealthCare are not monitoring bills and are letting the state overpay health providers,” DiNapoli said. “An error rate showing that nearly 6 of every 10 claims are billed incorrectly is simply unacceptable and cannot continue. These companies have to do a better job watching taxpayer dollars.”Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- Sophomore Luisa Maria Garcia, a Communication Arts major in the School of Arts & Sciences at The College of New Rochelle, is one of the 17 winners of the 2012 Scholarships awarded by the New York Women in Communications Foundation, in conjunction with New York Women in Communications Inc. The awards will be given at the annual Matrix Awards held on April 23, 2012 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.
This is Ms. Garcia’s second year winning a scholarship from New York Women in Communications Foundation.
Since its founding in 2000, the New York Women in Communications Foundation has awarded sponsored scholarships totaling $1 million to more than 180 women—high school seniors, undergraduates and graduates student pursuing careers in communications. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. Scholarships are generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000.Read more
(New Rochelle, NY) -- Akosuah Agyei, a senior in the School of Arts & Sciences at The College of New Rochelle, has been awarded a Newman Civic Fellowship for 2012. She is one of only 162 college student leaders from 32 states to be selected by Campus Compact for the 2012 class of Newman Civic Fellows.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of 1,200 college and university presidents—representing some 6 million plus students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, that is, to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility.
The Newman Civic Fellows are students who have demonstrated a personal commitment to creating lasting change for the better in their communities. Akosuah Agyei, who graduates from The College of New Rochelle this May, is in the Honors Program and a double major in biology and chemistry. She was chosen by Campus Compact for demonstrating the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others.
(New Rochelle, NY) -- On Wednesday, April 11 the Monroe College SIFE Team won a Regional Competition and as a result will advance to the SIFE USA National Exposition on May 22-24 in Kansas City, MO. This will be the ninth consecutive year that Monroe will participate in the Nationals. In 2005 the Monroe College SIFE team was a National SIFE Champion and they were featured on the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box.
SIFE, which stands for Students in Free Enterprise, is an international organization that encourages students to apply what is learned in the classroom toward making communities better. SIFE teams from participating colleges present their projects in an inter-active multi-media format to be judged by corporate executives.Read more
This is the New Rochelle Police Department with a traffic advisory for the area surrounding New Rochelle High School. Westchester County is giving a Correction Officers examination on Saturday April 14 2012 at the New Rochelle High School. It is anticipated that there will be increased traffic in the area beginning at approximately 7am and continuing through 6pm. Parking restrictions in the area have NOT been suspended. If a traffic condition exists that requires police attention please call 654-2300. Thank you.Read more
When he agreed to attend Liberty University on Wednesday, Monroe's sharpshooting guard Davon Marshall became the first of the Mustangs' much sought-after sophomore class to sign with an NCAA school after one of the best seasons in Monroe history (Drimir Ferguson signed with North Carolina Central in December). But the hoops blogs and rumor mills are also buzzing about the prosepcts for two of Monroe's other prized recruits, Orlando Sanchez and Marco Bourgault. Marshall signs with Liberty University Sanchez,. Bourgault going on visits Sanchez visits Auburn
Davon finished his career at Monroe with 960 points as the fourth leading scorer in Mustangs history. He was this year's yeam MVP, a first-team Region All-star, the team's leading scorer, and on the National Tournament team
Here's how Liberty University reported Davon's signing:
Layer Signs Marshall To National Letter Of Intent
April 11, 2012 - Lynchburg, VA
(New Rochelle, NY) -- CNR Drama will present Stephen Sondheim’s stirring and surprisingly patriotic musical “Assassins” from April 20 – April 29. With a book by John Weidman, and based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr., “Assassins” takes us into the lives and circumstances that drove nine men and women to attempt (successfully or otherwise) to assassinate Presidents of the United States. The music varies to reflect popular music of the times, from the 1860s to the 1980s. They’re all here – from Booth to Hinckley –portrayed by a stellar cast of actors from New York and the surrounding communities. Students of CNR Drama participate in the cast and crew. The musical is directed by Laurie Castaldo, with music directed and conducted by Kurt Kelley.
Matinee performances are at 3:30 on April 21 and at 2:00 p.m. on April 22, 28, and 29
Evening performances are at 8:00 p.m. on April 20, 21, 26, 27,and 28Read more
On March 22, the Iona community came together and saw members of its student body, faculty and staff shave their heads and cut their hair for St. Baldrick’s and Locks of Love. In the past, both causes have seen separate events on campus, but this year their planning committees brought them together to show Iona how much power can come from hair.
The St. Baldrick’s Committee, headed by Kirsten Knott, brought together the Iona Rugby Team, the Gaelic Society, Psi Kappa Phi, and Pipe Band. These four organizations joined sorority Delta Theta Beta, which puts on Locks of Love yearly at Iona.
By bringing these two events together, they were able to bring in more people and show what a large impact both have on cancer research and those who suffer from hair loss due to cancer.
In the Hynes Athletic Center, barbers from Spotlight were on a stage with chairs waiting for shavees and girls donating their hair to come forward. There was food donated from Blackboard, Smokehouse and AJ’s Burgers.
With the event starting at 7 p.m., it is no surprise that this food was gone within half an hour. There were also raffles with prizes such as gift cards to local restaurants.