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Excellus Awards Hospitals $24.5 Million For Quality Improvements

47 upstate New York hospitals and health centers earned $24.5 million in quality improvement incentives from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield last year.

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Local Hospitals Support New Smoking Regulation

A new law goes into effect on Friday that bans smoking on the grounds of hospitals and residential healthcare facilities in New York.

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Faxton-St. Luke’s and St. Elizabeth Begin Affiliation Process

Utica, NY (WIBX) - Utica's two hospitals are joining forces to take the first step toward a potential full affiliation agreement.

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Children Hospitalized at Alarming Rate Due to Abuse: Study

More than 4,500 children in the United States were hospitalized and 300 children died from their injuries in one year due to child abuse, according to a new report in the journal Pediatrics.

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More Than 80 Percent of Hospital Errors Go Unreported

The government tracks medical errors to inform the public what hospitals provide the best service and to determine future funding, but a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services finds about 86 percent of hospital errors go unreported by employees.

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Study: Death Rates Not the Best Measure For Hospital Quality

The way hospitals have been judged for quality care may be an ineffective method, according to a new study from the Yale School of Medicine.

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New York Hospital Using Palm Scans for Patient Check-Ins

Checking in at New York University’s Langone Medical Center now has a high-tech twist. Instead of paperwork, the hospital is using a palm-scanner to trace the unique vein patterns in patients’ hands.

Made by Fujitsu, the scanners use near-infrared waves to take an image of the veins in a person’s palm. As long as the imaging has been done on a patient before, software can then match these pictures against those already on file. Set-up for new patients takes under a minute, and doesn’t require the person to be conscious.

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