Tensions are simmering over water rates in Bloomfield. On Tuesday people spoke out against an idea to hike rates for most customers, but give a discount to big users. “That sounded very unfair and not right,” said Bloomfield resident Karen Sprout. Sprout was among those who listened patiently to representatives of The Metropolitan District. There is a proposal to raise fees for homeowners, the average would pay $100 more a year. There is also a proposal to cut the rate for companies which swallow up large amounts. Many are concerned one of the businesses that could benefit might be Niagara Bottling, which is located in town and is reportedly eying an expansion. Death Toll at 48 in N. Calif. Wildfire, Deadliest in State's History “More the principle that a large company that most of Bloomfield did not want in the first place or many people did not want in the first place is now getting these benefits that didn’t seem fair,” Sprout said. MDC … [Read more...] about MDC Proposals Include Rate Hikes, Discounts for High Volume Users
Elgin's fire department will try to identify "super users" of medical 911 calls and prioritizing ambulance response based on acuity, and the police department will study longer work shifts as part of an effort to curb costs. "Mobile integrated health" initiatives increasingly are being used by fire departments across the country, including Aurora and Rockford, Fire Chief Dave Schmidt said Wednesday night during a special meeting of the city council's committee of the whole. Identifying residents who most frequently dial 911 is about helping them address any underlying needs, such as homelessness or mental health, and reduce medical calls, Schmidt said. Two people generated nearly 100 calls for service in one year, he said, and "that puts a huge tax on our five ambulances and our personnel."If the city's 911 communications center employed a nurse, that person could help 911 operators figure out which minor medical issues wouldn't need a full-blast response with lights and sirens, he … [Read more...] about Officials: What do Elgin 911 ‘super users’ (100 calls in a year) really need?
Tom Charlier Memphis Commercial Appeal Published 8:48 p.m. UTC Jun 22, 2018 After embarking on a landmark effort to improve care and contain costs, officials at Regional One Health turned their attention to a small group of patients, just 25 in all, who were showing up at the emergency department an average of 85 times a year, or about once every four days. These patients, the most prolific users of the department, ran up individual costs that averaged 20 times more than those of the other 27,200 emergency room patients during a recent fiscal year. Though they represented less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all department patients, they accounted for nearly 2 percent of costs. Regional One officials didn't stop there. They also looked at the patients in the top 5 percent of department-users and found that group was driving almost one-fourth of facility costs. More: Shelby County eyes massive $300M redevelopment of The … [Read more...] about Regional One targets ‘super-utilizers’ to improve care, reduce costs
Nearly all cannabis on Britain's streets is now super-strength skunk that could be fuelling the rise in mental health problems, scientists have warned. Researchers at King’s College London tested almost 1,000 police seizures from Kent, Derbyshire, Merseyside, Sussex and the capital in 2016 and found 94 per cent were of a dangerously high potency. In 2005 just 51 per cent of cannabis sold on the street was sinsemilla, also known as skunk. Dr Marta Di Forti, Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist at King’s College warned that the powerful drug placed Britain’s 2.1 million cannabis users at risk of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, psychosis, delusions and hallucinations. ‘The increase of high-potency cannabis on the streets poses a significant hazard to users’ mental health, and reduces their ability to choose more benign types,’ she said. “It is of concern that 94 per cent of seized cannabis is now of skunk type as … [Read more...] about Almost all cannabis on Britain’s streets ‘super strength’ and could be driving mental health problems
You knew we couldn’t get through a Super Bowl week without some law enforcement activity involving a player on one of the rosters. So after today, you can check that box. Ryan Murphy, a practice squad defensive back for the Denver Broncos, was questioned in connection with a Tuesday prostitution sting at a motel not far from Mineta San Jose International Airport. The Broncos are staying a few miles away at the Santa Clara Marriott. Murphy was not arrested but his brother was, along with a female suspect. Nevertheless, the Broncos sent Murphy back to Denver for the rest of the week. Here’s our complete story: http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_29466910/san-jose-broncos-safety-detained-questioned-sheriffs-prostitution Other players are being more circumspect. The most amusing sighting occurred at a downtown San Jose taqueria, La Victoria, where a twitter user with the handle of @soadman posted a photo of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton standing … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50 Countdown-Five Days To Go: Cam Newton Visits A Taqueria, The Panthers Won’t Pose For Pictures, An Attempted Theft Of A Giant Foam Finger . . . And More!