Category: Cronkite News

Cochise Regional Hospital set to close, after Medicare cut off funding

Nick Wicksman Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Cochise Regional Hospital set to close, after Medicare cut off funding WASHINGTON – Medicare restrictions are crippling rural healthcare centers like Cochise Regional Hospital, which is set to close Friday after a funding dispute with the federal agency, an Arizona health expert testified Tuesday. Dr. Daniel Derksen, the director of the University of Arizona’s Center for Rural Health, was one of several health care experts testifying before a House subcommittee on “rural health disparities created by Medicare.” They told a House Ways and Means subcommittee that rural facilities operate on such thin margins that any change in policy or delay in payment can “push them over the brink.” Derksen testified that more than 250 rural hospitals are at risk of closure, and if Cochise Regional closes this week it would be the 55th hospital to do so since 2010. “Medicare stopped paying them,” Derksen said of Cochise Regional, a 25-bed hospital in Douglas. “Because they have very thin fiscal margins, they don’t have the cash reserves to stay open beyond Friday unless the Medicare payment pipeline’s open.” The hospital has gone to court to do just that, asking a federal district judge to force the government to keep funds flowing while it appeals Medicare’s decision to cut off funding earlier this month. Harry Goldstein, an attorney representing the hospital, said that without the...

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Local youth soccer club hoping heart rate monitors improve performance, efficiency

Kristen Carver Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Local youth soccer club hoping heart rate monitors improve performance, efficiency While coaching the women’s soccer team at St. Mary’s College of California, head coach Kai Edwards noticed something about his star player, Caroline Kruez. She was always out ahead of everybody. She would touch the sideline first in sprints, get to the ball before any opponent in a game and she never asked for a substitution. Edwards had Kruez strap on a heart rate monitor for the first time and instantly he realized that even though she was outworking everyone else, she was only working at 75 percent of her maximum heart rate. Thanks to the data coming from the device, Kruez learned how to push herself even harder and get better results in her training. Edwards, now the senior Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) director for Sereno Soccer Club in Arizona, recognized the benefits of these monitors and brought the technology to Sereno. Starting next season, Sereno’s Under-17 and Under-18 girls teams will begin to track their heart rates during training. “It is a competition with yourself and pushing out of your comfort level,” Edwards said. Edwards coached St. Mary’s women soccer from early 2009 until late 2014. He has been the director of Sereno Soccer Club since January and coaches Under-16 and Under-17 ECNL girls teams. Sereno Soccer Club has...

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Arizona posts lowest college completion rate, highest default rate

Aubrey Rumore Monday, July 27, 2015 Arizona posts lowest college completion rate, highest default rate WASHINGTON – Arizona tied Alaska for the lowest college completion rate in the country in 2013, with just 29 percent of students able to earn a four-year degree in six years or less, a new report says. The report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education also said Arizona posted the highest student loan default rate in the country, at 18 percent, compared to a national average of 11 percent. State education officials cautioned Monday that the statistics could be skewed by large numbers of students in other states who are getting degrees online from for-profit schools based in Arizona. Highs and lows of higher ed Arizona tied for lowest college graduation rate in 2013, and had the highest student loan default rate, the U.S. Education Department said. The state and national numbers: Arizona completion rates: All schools: 29 percent Public: 57 percent Private: 52 percent For-profit: 23 percent National completion rates: All schools: 55 percent Public: 55 percent Private: 64 percent For-profit: 32 percent Arizona default rate: All schools: 18 percent Public: 9 percent Private: 5 percent For-profit: 19 percent National cohort default rate: All schools: 11 percent Public: 9 percent Private: 7 percent For-profit: 19 percent But U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Monday that states with higher default rates tend...

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Randy Johnson reflects on parents’ support in HOF induction speech

Tyler Freader Monday, July 27, 2015 Randy Johnson reflects on parents’ support in HOF induction speech COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Long before Randy Johnson was dominating hitters at the major league level, the lefthander was tossing tennis balls at his family’s wooden garage door in Livermore, California. Johnson’s enthusiasm for pitching would eventually shake the nails in the garage door loose. “My dad would come out after about a half an hour with a hammer, put the hammer down and say, ‘When you’re done playing catch against the wall, make sure you pound all those nails in,’” Johnson said in his Baseball Hall of Fame induction speech Sunday. During the 18-minute speech, Johnson opened up about his personal life, telling stories of how his parents supported him in his younger years. “He also took the time, as a police officer, when his shift was over to come in his police uniform and watch me pitch in high school,” Johnson said of his father, who passed away in 1992, after Johnson’s third season with the Seattle Mariners. “I’ve never forgot those moments.” Johnson was known for being one of the most, if not the single most, intimidating pitchers to ever step on a mound, but when speaking of his family’s impact on his young life, the 6-foot-10-inch Hall of Fame inductee had trouble holding back emotion. “Then there’s my mom, the...

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Video: Former ASU star Landreaux helping youth in Compton

Jonathan Soto Monday, July 27, 2015 Video: Former ASU star Landreaux helping youth in Compton Former ASU baseball standout Ken Landreaux and 1981 World Series winner goes back to his hometown roots in Compton to help out the baseball youth..embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; } .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;...

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