Hospitals growing more comfortable with budget

According to Ralph, AMC continues to grapple with the challenges of inadequate reimbursements for its long term care facilities in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.

AMC and its medical staff are advocating for meaningful medical malpractice reform, Ralph says. That's an issue that has been at the forefront of the health care discussion for many years.

Malpractice insurance premiums, particularly those for specialty practices such as OB/GYN, have become a disincentive for many physicians to practice in New York State, officials say.

For Ralph, medical malpractice reform must include a cap on non-economic damages as well as a medical indemnity fund for neurologically impaired newborns.

AMC spokesman Joe Riccio says officials from AMC remain in constant contact with their elected leaders in Albany, who have long been extremely supportive and responsive to the health care needs of the region.

Members of the public are encouraged to contact their elected officials in the Senate and the Assembly urging them to protect the critical health care services and economic benefit AMC provides to the Tri-Lakes region, Riccio says.

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