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"Special Statement" ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. 1127 am EST Thu Feb 11 2016 ...Major outbreak of cold air this weekend... Bitterly cold temperatures will move into the area this weekend. * Temperatures Saturday night into early Sunday morning will fall close to zero in and around New York City...and zero to 5 below across Long Island...interior northeast New Jersey...the lower Hudson Valley...and southern Connecticut. Wind chill values during this time could reach life threatening levels as cold as 20 to 25 below zero. * High temperatures on Sunday will only be in the teens. * Cold spells of this magnitude bring a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for anyone who does not take proper precautions. In addition...frozen pipes and overworked furnaces could leave your house without heat or running water...and car batteries run the risk of dying. * Never venture outdoors without wearing gloves...a hat and several layers of clothing. Wind chill values late Saturday night into Sunday morning could lead to frostbite in less than 30 minutes if proper precautions are not taken. * Run water at a trickle and keep Cabinet doors open to prevent pipes from freezing. * Never use a stove or oven to heat your home or use an open flame to melt frozen pipes. Many house fires result from these practices. * Check tire pressure and your car battery. Be sure your car has a winter safety kit that includes a blanket...warm clothes and gloves in case your car breaks down or becomes stranded. * Take extra steps to keep your pets warm and know their limits to cold. -- Friday Feb.12 16,02:36 AM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

AG Schneiderman Announces $115,094 Settlement with SUNY for Excess Medicaid Payment

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Schneiderman: "This Settlement Exemplifies My Commitment to Recovering Taxpayer Dollars Misspent Through Medicaid Violations"

Buffalo, NY - June 16, 2014 - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) has reached a Memorandum of Understanding with the State University of New York (SUNY) to recover $115,094 in excess Medicaid payments for dental services performed from January 1, 2005, through August 31, 2009, at the Daniel Squire Oral Diagnostic & Treatment Center on the University’s Main Street campus in Buffalo.
 
“If services are billed in violation of the rules for Medicaid reimbursements, New Yorkers are owed and deserve that money,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “This settlement demonstrates our commitment to recovering taxpayer dollars misspent through violations of the Medicaid program.”
 
Medicaid billing rules require that dental clinics perform a cleaning, dental exam, and x-rays (if required) during a single reimbursable visit with a patient, unless there is a specific reason – recorded in the patients’ record – why these services must be performed over multiple visits. 
 
During its audit-investigation, MFCU determined that in some cases, the dental clinic performed such services over two separate visits without noting the reason in the patient record and billed Medicaid for each visit. As a result, the clinic received double reimbursement from Medicaid for such services. 
 
In other cases, MFCU found that the clinic’s records did not contain sufficient documentation to substantiate the services it claimed to have rendered to patients, which was also in violation of Medicaid billing rules.
 
Gary A. Baldauf, Regional Director of the MFCU Buffalo Regional Office, handled the settlement negotiations. The case was investigated by Supervising Special Auditor/Investigator Raymond August and Investigator Katie O’Neill. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Acting Director Amy Held. The Criminal Justice Division is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.  

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