World Premiere of Hellman v. McCarthy to Star Roberta Maxwell, Marcia Rodd & Dick Cavett, Off-Broadway

first_img The cast will also feature Peter Brouwer, Rowan Michael Meyer and Jeff Woodman. The design team includes set design by Andrew Lu, lighting design by Travis McHale, costume design by Tony nominee Jane Greenwood and sound design by Ian Wehrle. Mori’s plays include Adult Fiction, Bedtime Stories, Coffee Talk, Dreams of Flight, First Date and Slow Fade to Black. Broadway favorites Roberta Maxwell (Equus) and Tony nominee Marcia Rodd (Shelter) are set to join Emmy winner Dick Cavett as himself in the world premiere of Brian Richard Mori’s play Hellman v. McCarthy. Directed by Jan Buttram, the show will have a limited engagement off-Broadway at the Abingdon Theatre Company’s June Havoc Theatre March 14 through April 13. Opening night is set for March 26.  One of the most notorious literary feuds in modern American history began on January 25, 1980 when literary critic Mary McCarthy (Rodd) appeared as a guest on The Dick Cavett Show and declared that “every word [playwright Lillian Hellman] writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.'” Hellman (Maxwell) sued McCarthy for libel, sparking a lawsuit that spanned more than four years. Hellman v. McCarthy infuses this historical event with theatrical comedy and pathos. View Commentslast_img read more

Paramount Theatre announces expanded 10th anniversary season

first_imgThe Paramount Theatre in Rutland announced today an expanded and varied Tenth Anniversary Season of presentations at the Paramount Theatre. The Paramount has expanded to EIGHT performance Series at the theatre, including SUMMER MUSIC, POPULAR MUSIC, CLASSICAL MUSIC, THEATRE, THEATRE DEVELOPMENT, FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT, COMEDY (new this season) and an upcoming, soon-to-be announced film series as well. Bruce Bouchard, Executive Director commented, We, at the Paramount, are immensely proud and happy about what has transpired inside this building and around this community in the past 14 months. In challenging times, both the board of the theatre and the entire community has responded with a resounding vote of confidence and support, and have created the context for success for the organization for years to come. Bouchard continued, We have set perhaps the most ambitious, varied and diverse season to date for the Paramount. From Broadway Theatre to Classical Music, to emerging works from the NYC Musical Theatre arena, to a new comedy series to the Family Entertainment Series to Popular Music Series (and the upcoming film series) there is literally something for EVERYONE within range of our theatre.The Theatre Series kicks off our 10 Anniversary Season in June with Mel Brook s THE PRODUCERS (C-R Productions on tour) and continues with tours of the smash Broadway and Off-Broadway hits ALTAR BOYZ, CABARET, and FORBIDDEN BROADWAY (in its 26th Season in New York). Our Developmental Theatre Series, 30 Center Stage tucks into the summer with two musical projects by important young composer/lyricists: ROOM 16, a musical, by Stephen Sislen, dealing with the Watergate Break-in, and a two-act song cycle from Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk, the authors of last summer s TALES FROM THE BAD YEARS.Two Music Series (Summer Music and Popular Music) will appeal to broad and eclectic tastes with warm weather visits from SUSAN TEDESCHI, LEE GREENWOOD, a bit of world music with BELA FLECK and TOUMANI DIABATE (Mr. Diabate is commonly regarded as the finest instrumentalists from the continent of Africa), return engagements from the Pink Floyd experience, THE MACHINE (nearly sold out last summer) and hometown sensation, DAN TYMINSKI. In the Fall, three wild-and-crazy guys in long hair, beards and tuxes THREE REDNECK TENORS, take us on a hilarious classical and popular music de-construction joy-ride, the DEREK TRUCKS BAND, recently called by the New York Times, without in today s popular music scene makes his first appearance at the Paramount as does and the top rock-acapella act in the country, ROCKAPELLA. ¦..spring features fiddler/clogger NATALIE MACMASTER with her astonishing band and a rare visit from descendants of the originals, THE GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA (16,200 concerts since their founding in 1956).A first-ever Comedy Series is new this year and includes former SNL Vet, JIM BREUER, Vermont Storyteller/Humorist, RUSTY DEWEES in THE LOGGERS HOLIDAY SHOW, the annual visit of our rapier comedy troupe, CAPITOL STEPS, and a special live adaptation of the prime time hit comedy, Whose Line is it Anyway: ¦ ¦WHO S LIVE ANYWAY, featuring Ryan Stiles, (from TV s 2 AND A HALF MEN) and a stellar improv comedy/song company.There will be something for everyone in the family in our second-annual FAMILY SERIES: After his unprecedented two sold-out shows this past season, JACK HANNA returns with his love of children and his wild menagerie to amuse and delight them, a visit from THE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR CHRISTMAS will be a perfect holiday outing and THE PENDRAGONS; Illusionists who have logged more TV face time than any other specialty performers of in the business, forwards the theatres commitment to magic for the 4th straight season.Our Classical Series, Passages at the Paramount returns for the second season. Produced in association with Young Concert Artists, Inc. (NYC) the Series offers a rare opportunity to experience early career international and national first prize winners in four different disciplines from annual competitions held abroad and in New York City. Two of our artists from last season played The Paramount, and then within five days played their professional debuts in New York City at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. This season series runs October April and will feature a return engagement of GLEB IVANOV 26- year-old pianist from Russia (whose performance in November was one of the highlights of the season), NOE INUI, 20-year-old violinist from Brussels, (and winner of a performance award given by the Paramount this past January at the finals of international Competition), CAROLINA ULRICH, Soprano, and Spanish clarinetist, JOSE FRANCH-BALLESTER. Peter Miller, Fine Arts Supervisor for the Rutland Public Schools joins the Classical Series this season as an Artistic Associate. and will offer, new this season, pre-concert talks about the artists and the scheduled programs.31 individual performances of 27 acts from 7 Series over 12 action- packed months, plus the upcoming film series (stay tuned for additional details) should make for a hoppin wild year at The Paramount.It has been the vision since day one of the new-era Paramount to expand both the programming and the types of offerings (Series) at the theatre. By keeping the doors open as much as possible, and by keeping some of our ticket pricing as low as $10 and $15, we have truly made The Paramount a theatre for everyone while having a significant impact on the local economy. We are firmly establishing ourselves as the leading engine in the night time economy of south central Vermont.Bouchard concluded, It has been a flurry of amazing activity to re-brand, re-conceive, re-organize and re-make this beautiful theatre. Credit truly goes to our board of trustees, our amazing body of volunteers and an exemplary and dedicated staff: Eric Mallette, Assistant Director; Tom O Brien, Production Manager; Patricia Menduni, Director of Development; Alice Smith, Box Office Manager; our volunteer box office assistants: Mary Ann Riley, Carolyn Baker, Jackie Bartenstein, and Richard Cormier, and our wonderful Vermont Associates: Marion Farrell, Pat Dziubek and John LaFasoParamount Theatre 10th Anniversary SeasonALL Tickets on Sale to the General Public June 4, 2009 On Line not In Linewww.paramountlive.org(link is external)Box Office: 803-775-090330 Center Street, Rutland, VTTHE PRODUCERS 6/10/09 & 6/11/09Presented by C-R Productions on Tour. New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he’s visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? WWW.COHOESMUSICHALL.COMROOM 16 6/27/09 and 6/30/09Watergate musical. A part of the 30 Center Stage Theatre Development Series.SUSAN TEDESCHI 6/30/09Susan Tedeschi is an American blues and soul artist, who has risen to fame with multiple Grammy Award nominations, her powerful singing voice, fearless stage presence, and her marriage to Derek Trucks of the Allman Brothers Band. WWW.SUSANTEDESCHI.COMLEE GREENWOOD 7/1/09Lee Greenwood is an American country music artist. Active since the early 1980s, he has released more than twenty major-label albums and has charted more than thirty-five singles on the Billboard country music charts. Although he is best known for his Top Ten crossover single “God Bless the USA”, Greenwood also has charted seven Number One hits in his career.WWW.LEEGREENWOOD.COMKERRIGAN/LOWDERMILK 7/30/09 8/1/09A part of the 30 Center Stage Theatre Development Series.BELA FLECK & TOUMANI DIABATE 8/5/09Bela Fleck and Toumani Diabate (the kora master from Mali) started the tour as a duo in Oakland, California. They did 9 concerts, and they went incredibly well. The rest is musical history. Touring internationally, Bela and Toumani grace the stages of some of the worlds most beautiful music halls filling them with both tremendously appreciative audiences and beautiful music from the heart of Africa. What started as Bela s self dubbed African Project (his personal research into the roots of the banjo an instrument he has mastered) has become an international phenomenon winning rave reviews from critics across a broad spectrum.WWW.BELAFLECK.COMTHE MACHINE 8/8/09THE MACHINE, America s top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 20 year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out large clubs and theatres across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. They have also appeared at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, and Germany s Rock of Ages.WWW.THEMACHINELIVE.COMTHE DAN TYMINSKI BAND 8/21/09Dynamic on stage, down to earth off stage, Dan Tyminski has the voice, instrumental chops, and charisma to be counted among the most recognizable and popular male vocalists on today s bluegrass and country music scenes. Yet his demeanor low-key and laconically sly ensures skill (mainly on guitar, but also on mandolin) and burnished, soulful tenor singing has been a key component of Alison Krauss and Union Station, arguably the most visible and successful bluegrass band in the modern era. Prior to that, he rose to national prominence as a member of bluegrass favorite, the Lonesome River BandWWW.DANTYMINSKIBAND.COMJIM BREUER 9/25/09Jim Breuer is an American comedian and actor, largely known for his appearance between 1995 and 1998 on Saturday Night Live. Breuer first rose to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 1998. On SNL, Breuer’s characters included “Goat Boy” (who hosted the fictional MTV program “Hey, Remember the 80s?”) and Glen Henderson, the elder brother to Chris Kattan’s Todd Henderson/Azrael Abyss character in the “Goth Talk” skits. He was originally scheduled to have been the co-star alongside friend and co-worker Dave Chappelle in the 1996 ill-fated sitcom “Buddies,” but was pulled from the role. Subsequently, the show was unsuccessful and stopped airing after the fifth episode.Among his impersonations was that of actor Joe Pesci, who hosted his own talk show, often accompanied by Colin Quinn playing fellow actor Robert De Niro. In a 1997 episode of the program, both Pesci and De Niro made surprise appearances to “confront” Breuer. Breuer is the new host of the third season of the VH1 show Web Junk 20. WWW.JIMBREUER.COMTHREE REDNECK TENORS 10/3/09Join Billy Bob, Billy Joe, and Billy Billee as they mix NASCAR with Beethoven, lite beer with Puccini and even kick up a little dust with Ave Maria Dixie! You’ll travel with our 3 singing cousins from their modest beginnings in Paris, Texas, where they discover that belting out a high C causes pigs to move faster and bar brawlers to scatter; all the way to their triumphant debut at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall. WWW.3REDNECKTENORS.COMGLEB IVANOV (PASSAGES – PIANO) 10/24/09Mr. Ivanov won the 2005 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was also awarded a grant from the Jack Romann Special Artists Fund of YCA. He won critical praise for his debut recitals at Carnegie s Zankel Hall in New York and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, presented by Young Concert Artists during the 2005-2006 season. He made his New York concerto debut to critical acclaim in April 2007 with the Orchestra of St. Luke s at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of YCA s Gala Irene Diamond concert. Returning after last season s Paramount debut.WWW.YCA.ORGALTAR BOYZ 10/17/09ALTAR BOYZ is a musical-comedy spoof about a fictitious Christian boy-band on the last night of their national “Raise the Praise” tour. The Boyz – five ultra-talented heartthrobs from Ohio – are lead singer Matthew (the pretty-boy hunk and leader of the pack), Mark (a sensitive young man with a deep faith in Cher), Luke (a bad-boy with an “interest” in communion wine), Juan (a hot-blooded crooner with a passion for pretty girls) and Abraham (a nice Jewish boy, who’s not quite sure how he ended up here…though his mother would sure like to know).As they perform their signature hits featuring lyrics like “Girl, you make me wanna wait” and Jesus called me on my cell phone , soul-wrenching secrets come tumbling out with hilarious results. The Boyz begin to question their faith in each other, and learn if fate is really holding them together or if it’s just their extra-firm hair gel. With their sweet harmonies, sinfully spectacular dancing and an unnerving sense of fashion, the ALTAR BOYZ are destined to rock the masses! A musical for the entire family, ALTAR BOYZ is 90 minutes of pure fun and the winner of the 2005 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical.WWW.ALTARBOYZ.COMDEREK TRUCKS BAND 11/6/09What had begun as a weekend activity quickly became a life s pursuit, and would eventually result in Derek being the youngest player to make Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, as well as the cover of Rolling Stone s 2007 New Guitar Gods issue. In 1999, Derek was asked to join The Allman Brothers Band, taking over slide guitar duty. (Derek’s uncle, “Butch” Trucks, is a founding member of the Allmans) and he found himself balancing the schedules of two full-time touring bands, often logging over 300 days a year on the road. His schedule grew even tighter when asked to join Eric Clapton s touring band for his 2006-2007 world tour. The opportunity to play alongside this living legend was obviously too good to pass up so Derek is currently juggling all three bands, including shows featuring both The Derek Trucks Band and the Allmans on the same bill.WWW.DEREKTRUCKS.COMROCKAPELLA 11/13/09Rockapella is an American a cappella musical group. They were best known for their series of Folgers Coffee commercials and their participation on the long-running PBS children’s geography game show, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, as well with the show’s theme song. “Rockapella” is a portmanteau of “rock” and “a cappella”. In addition to original vocal music, the group also performs a cappella covers of pop songs.WWW.ROCKAPELLA.COMRUSTY DEWEES: THE LOGGER S HOLIDAY SHOW 11/20/09 & 11/21/09Vermont comedian, author, musican, actor, producer and master of Duct Tape Rusty s presentation guarantees to please crowds of all ages. Billed as The Blue Collar Comedy Tour meets Prairie Home Companion his Holiday variety show features musicians, special guests and lots of surprises! Certain to sell out fast!WWW.THELOGGER.COMTHE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR CHRISTMAS 12/18/09THE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR® is a careful blending of heavenly soprano voices with the rich resonance of bass, tenor and baritone sound that brings a distinct Russian flavor to the choral experience. Founded in 1957, this choral ensemble is among Russia’s most prestigious all-boy choirs. Under the direction of Mr. Leonid Baklushin, the boys attend a special school which provides both general education and musical training. Being selected as a member of the touring company of THE MOSCOW BOYS CHOIR is no easy feat. Hand-picked from over 400 students at their school in Moscow, these highly talented youngsters have the voices of angels and the discipline to match their talents. The family event of the season!WWW.MOSCOWBOYSCHOIR.COMCABARET 1/19/10Presented by Windwood Theatricals. Wilkommen!, Bienvenue!, Welcome! , sings the Emcee of the Kit Kat Club through painted lips, as the people of 1929 Berlin join him. Whatever your troubles, you will forget them at the Cabaret. Sally Bowles, a middle-class lass from Chelsea, London, is working as a singer at Berlin s Kit-Kat Club and trying her best to live the thrillingly decadent life which the city is supposed to offer. Into her orbit comes Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer, and Sally soon moves in to join him in his room in the boarding house run by Fraulein Schneider. Their fellow lodgers include the cheerful whore, Fraulein Kost, and the gentle, graying fruiterer Herr Schultz. As the clouds gather, Sally, now pregnant by Cliff, is still determined to show the world what a good time she is having and she will not or cannot hear the noises of Nazism around her. But the others can.WWW.WINDWOODTHEATRICALS.COMCAROLINA ULRICH (PASSAGES – SOPRANO) 1/22/10Carolina Ullrich won First Prize in the 2008-09 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. At the Auditions, her First Prize was sponsored by the Alice Rosner Foundation, and she was also awarded the Princeton University Concerts Prize, for an engagement in New Jersey; and the Usedom Music Festival Prize, for an engagement in Germany. She previously won First Prize at the 2008 Young Concert Artists European Auditions in Leipzig, Germany, which are co-sponsored by Young Concert Artists and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.WWW.YCA.ORGTHE CAPITOL STEPS 2/12/10The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 28 albums, including their latest, Camaign and Suffering . They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.WWW.CAPSTEPS.COMTHE PENDRAGONS 2/20/10Jonathan and Charlotte Pendragon are an award-winning husband-and-wife team of American illusionists who call their work “physical grand illusion”. They are widely known thanks to numerous national and international television appearances. The couple are distinguished from many other husband-and-wife magic acts in that Charlotte Pendragon is credited as an equal partner rather than an assistant. She has been honoured in her own right as a magician and has achieved notable firsts as a woman in the magic profession. Returning after a complete sell out!WWW.THEPENDGRAGONS.NETNOE INUI (PASSAGES VIOLINIST WITH PIANO) 2/26/10He is active as a chamber musician and has performed in concert with such artists as pianist Martha Argerich at her Festival in Buenos Aires and at the Llao Llao Festival. He has concertized in Japan at major venues such as Tokyo s Suntory Hall and Casals Hall. He has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège in Belgium, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in Germany and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Thessaloniki, Greece, to name a few.WWW.YCA.ORGJUNGLE JACK HANNA 3/6/10 (2 Exciting Shows!)John Bushnell Hanna, known as Jack is an American zoo keeper who is the Director Emeritus of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. His media appearances have made him one of the best known and well liked animal experts in the United States. Hanna, nicknamed “Jungle Jack”, is instantly recognizable by his khaki safari outfit, deep tan, Southern twang, pseudo-serious delivery, and shaggy hair. 2 sold out shows during the 2008/2009 season! Jungle Jack will bring more then 2 dozen LIVE ANIMALS with him to the Paramount Theatre. Last season saw cheetahs, kangaroos, birds, giant tortoises, rare African porcupines, penguins and more!WWW.JACKHANNA.COMJOSE FRANCH-BALLESTER (PASSAGES CLARINETIST WITH PIANO) 3/13/10Mr. Franch-Ballester s 2008-2009 season includes appearances as soloist with the Victoria and Wichita Falls symphonies in Texas, and recitals with Asociacion Nacional de Conciertos in Panama, Pace University (NY), Iowa State University, Buffalo Chamber Music Society, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts (CA), Fox Hill Village, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (NY). In December 2007, he was selected for Carnegie Hall s Professional Training Workshop with Emanuel Ax and Richard Stoltzman, which concluded with a performance in Carnegie s Weill Hall.WWW.YCA.ORGNATALIE MACMASTER 3/18/10Natalie MacMaster, is an award-winning fiddler from the rural community of Troy in Inverness County, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is one of the best-known musicians in the tradition of Cape Breton fiddle music, and has made a highly successful career as a touring musician, traveling to Europe and Asia and doing as many as 250 shows in a year. MacMaster has toured with many famous performers, including the Chieftains, Faith Hill, Carlos Santana and Alison Krauss, and has recorded with Yo-Yo Ma. She has appeared at many music festivals worldwide, including the Celtic Colours festival in Cape Breton, Celtic Connections in Scotland, and MerleFest in the United States. Filling stadiums and amphitheatres internationally, MacMaster s show promises to be a special treat!WWW.NATALIEMACMASTER.COMFORBIDDEN BROADWAY 4/24/10Forbidden Broadway was first seen at Palsson’s Supper Club on New York’s Upper West Side in January 1982. An unemployed actor, Gerard Alessandrini, wanted a showcase for his talents. He decided to assemble some of the musical parodies of Broadway shows he had written since childhood into a nightclub act. Critics and audiences were wowed and it has since become New York’s longest running musical comedy revue. Forbidden Broadway has won Drama Desk, Obie and Outer Critics Circle and an honorary Tony Award for excellence!WWW.FORBIDDENBROADWAY.COMWHOSE LIVE ANYWAY 5/6/10Whose Live Anyway is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Ryan Stiles (from CBS s 2 and a Half Men), Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Jeff B. Davis leave their audiences gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Everyone is amazed at how quickly they make it up and crowds of all ages are astounded at the incredible improvised song lyrics Chip Esten and Jeff Davis improvise and sing. Their combined musical range is incredible! Audience participation is the key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage. Whose Live Anyway performs some of the games made famous from the Emmy Nominated TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway plus some new ones. WWW.WHOSELIVEANYWAY.COMGLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA 5/21/10The World Famous, Glenn Miller Orchestra, is the most popular and sought after big band in the world today for both concert and swing dance engagements. With its unique jazz sound, the Glenn Miller Orchestra is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world.WWW.GLENNMILLERORCHESTRA.COMSource: Paramount Theatrelast_img read more

$1,944 for a Covid Test? How Readers Helped Us Spot an Unusual Trend

first_imgThe documents are part of a project I began in August, asking readers to send in charges they’ve faced for coronavirus testing and treatment. The bills can reveal important information that hospitals and doctors often keep secret, like the true cost of a hospital stay or how much fees vary from one patient to the next. A few trickle in each day, and I look over each one.If you read enough — I’m at 400 and counting right now — they can also show patterns in how providers bill patients. That’s how I came to my latest story, which looks at a doctor in Greenwich, Conn., named Steven Murphy. Patients contend that he used public testing sites to run unnecessary and expensive tests. Dr. Murphy defended his billing practices and said he was providing a vital service to the community. The story caught my eye only because of the high number of patients sending bills from his testing sites in New York City’s northern suburbs. Without that wave of reader submissions, I never would have known something was awry.- Advertisement – This is information that powerful health care lobbies typically try to keep secret. The American Hospital Association recently sued the Trump administration over new rules that would make health care prices public (they lost that challenge but have said they plan to appeal to a higher court). This makes it frustratingly difficult for reporters and patients to answer seemingly basic questions, like how much a coronavirus test costs in the United States. Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.For the last few months, I’ve started my mornings with the same routine: reviewing New York Times readers’ medical bills over coffee.- Advertisement – The first bill with this provider was sent to me on Aug. 3, the same day I started the collection project. A woman from outside New York City said she was “shocked” to see a drive-through coronavirus testing site bill her insurance $1,944. “How can this provider bill $480 for a 3 minute phone call giving test results?” she asked in her submission.The next day, another submission from a patient of Dr. Murphy’s came in. “I can pay my bill but I’m astounded at the cost the provider is charging for the test,” the patient wrote. Four days later, there was another patient reporting the “exorbitant rates” she faced, also from Dr. Murphy.When the first bill came in, I thought it was interesting but didn’t quite see a full story. The patient’s high charges could be an anomaly. By the end of the summer, I had six separate bills and an inkling something was amiss. I had slowly amassed a data set that showed that a doctor who was staffing public testing sites was repeatedly billing insurers more than $1,000 for coronavirus tests.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The patients who went to one of these drive-through tests had no chance of knowing what charges they would face beforehand. Their bills, however, can help shine some light on the issue. They lay secret prices out in plain sight.They also contain five-digit billing codes, which I’ve had to become more adept at reading the longer I’ve covered the health system. Those codes show exactly what service the doctor provided. In this case, those codes tipped me off that Dr. Murphy wasn’t just billing for coronavirus tests, as his patients thought. He was billing for 20 other respiratory pathogens, too.The bills are important, but they are never the entire story. After I had amassed enough bills to start seeing a pattern, I began interviewing patients about their experiences. I spoke with Dr. Murphy about his billing practices. He said the use of the larger test was appropriate because it could catch a wider range of diseases, particularly for those who were symptomatic.I talked to medical billing experts to get their insights, and to the elected officials who had set up the testing sites. I filed public records requests, and when they came back, combed through thousands of pages of emails between Dr. Murphy and town government workers.In most cases, the patient bills I receive don’t turn into stories. Some don’t reveal new information. Of those that do, we often don’t have enough submissions to show a pattern or the ability to look into each one.In this case though, we got lucky: A critical mass of readers decided to take a few minutes to send us a medical bill they found odd. That decision allowed me to do my job better, and tell a story that otherwise may have gone untold.last_img read more

Warm up to Saturday’s auctions

first_img15 Gorman Street, Wooloowin should have the crowd on its toes this Saturday.Set on 602sq m with a flat yard and inground pool, this sort of real estate should see a decent crowd descend on the event at midday.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair 9 Potts Street, East Brisbane is set to shine at auction on Saturday.In terms of numbers, Brisbane set the standard with 105 events scheduled for this week, according to Corelogic.This is the largest number of events outside of Sydney and Melbourne.But while we seem to have the numbers, Brisbane buyers continue to resist going to contract under the hammer.Our city’s clearance rate of 33.3 per cent last week was a tie with Tasmania for the lowest in the nation.Outside of the Sunshine State, auction numbers have been a point of discussion as event volumes in the nation’s big capital cities dropped right along with their daily temperatures.Sydney and Melbourne were seeing their numbers soften, according to Corelogic, with week-on-week auction volumes down 25 per cent in Melbourne and 17 per cent in Sydney, despite clearance rates remaining stable.Back to Brisbane and, armed with a warm coffee and a light cardigan, auction spotters can look forward to a few treats this weekend. 9 Potts St, East Brisbane has all the elements of a home set to achieve a great price when it goes to auction at 10.00am.The house is beautifully presented but it’s the top story open-roof deck with picture-book city views that will bring the buyers in. The rooftop terrace of 9 Potts Street, East Brisbane.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe 440sq m allotment is improved with a renovated five-bedroom, four-bathroom home.Marketing agents NGU Real Estate said there’s the opportunity for a family buyer to enjoy multi-generational living.“Two levels can be split into separate living quarters which is ideal for nannies, teenage children, grandparents or guests,” according to the listing details. If it’s potential you’re seeking, 68 Deighton Rd, Dutton Park will be calling for bids from 10.30am.The possibilities feel endless for this 1960s three-bedroom home on 604sq m.Steve and Socrates Mistos will be waving a fond, but slightly sad, farewell to the home where they were raised.center_img Brothers Socrates and Steve Mistos are auctioning the family home in Deighton Street, Dutton Park. Photo: Tim MarsdenThere were reports of multiple parties registering their interest weeks ago for this property, so expect a crowd. 15 Gorman St, Wooloowin will be worth a look as it goes under the hammer at midday.Described as an entry level opportunity, the three-bedroom, highset, chamferboard cottage is neat as a pin and ready to move in.last_img read more

AXA Germany sells Pensionskasse to rival insurer

first_imgGerman insurer Frankfurter Leben-Gruppe (Frankfurt Leben) has bought the €3bn multi-employer Pro bAV Pensionskasse from AXA Germany.No purchasing price was disclosed but both companies emphasised in press releases that the 260,000 contracts would be transferred without changes to guarantees or benefits.“Changes in the market and the regulatory framework have considerably slowed down new business and also led to shrinking membership numbers in the Pro bAV Pensionskassen,” AXA said in a statement.The company said it wanted to focus on other offerings in the occupational pension sector, such as direct insurance contracts and reinsurance. AXA also said the sale would help the Pro bAV Pensionskasse avoid having to raise costs for members.“Given its fundamentally different business model the Frankfurt Leben group can achieve a lower cost level for its clients,” AXA said.In Germany, Pensionskassen are insurance-based vehicles that are subject to similar regulations and maximum guarantee rates as insurers. The regulatory regime of Solvency II does not apply to them, however.In a statement, Frankfurt Leben confirmed it would offer “considerably reduced costs” and keep this level “over the long term”.The deal is subject to approval by BaFin, Germany’s financial regulator.The insurer was founded in 2015 to take over life insurance assets of German insurer Basler Versicherungen.Last year Frankfurt Leben bought another life insurance company, ARAG München, raising its assets to just over €5bn.So-called ‘run-off’ sales have led to an often heated political debate in Germany. Such deals involve insurers selling off life insurance contracts that have become more expensive and less attractive to handle in the low interest rate environment.The conservative CDU party had considered a legal provision obligating insurers to get clients’ consent before selling life insurance contracts.All debates have been put on hold during ongoing coalition talks as chancellor Angela Merkel attempts to form a new government.last_img read more

OECD inequality report: how do different countries compare?

first_imgGuardian 5 Dec 2011Inequality across the world is rising fast, says a new report out today from the OECD which shows it getting worse. It is getting worse in the US, where the country’s inequality score has risen in recent years. The report says:There was a rise in the share of top-income recipients in total gross income in the three decades from 1980 to 2010 in all countries, with considerable variation from country to country. It was most marked in the United States: prior to the onset of the financial and economic crisis in 2008, the share of the richest 1% in all income reached close to 20%. However, it was also large in a number of other English-speaking countries (Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom). Elsewhere, increases tended to be greater in the Scandinavian and Mediterranean countries than in Continental European countriesIt’s particularly bad in the UK where the average income of the richest 10% of earners in the UK was almost twelve times that of the bottom 10% of the population by 2008, up from eight times in 1985 and above the European ratio of nine to one.…Randeep Ramesh writes today that even in countries thought of as more equal, the position is worsening.The report makes clear that even in countries viewed as “fairer” – such as Germany, Denmark and Sweden – this pay gap between rich and poor is expanding: from five to one in the 1980s to six to one today. In the rising powers of Brazil, Russia, India and China the ratio is an alarming 50 to one.last_img read more

Tottenham agree £28m deal for AC Milan striker

first_imgTottenham have agreed a deal worth £28million for AC Milan forward Krzysztof Piatek.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentAwesome Caricatures Of 23 Marvel Heroes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Characters Who Would Make Astounding Disney Princesses10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The Globe2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This” Read Also:Kane to undergo surgery on hamstring injury, out until AprilPiatek joined AC Milan from Genoa for £30m in January last year after scoring 13 goals in his 19 games for them following a £3million move from Cracovia.The Polish international has only scored four times this season and is keen to move after Milan re-signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which has pushed him down the pecking order.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The Polish striker, 24, is set to sign a 3½-year contract and scheduled to complete a medical in the next 48 hours. Jose Mourinho’s North Londoners will pay an initial fee of £23.8m — with a further £4.2m to come in add-ons.Spurs will be without star goalscorer Harry Kane until April after confirming the England skipper needs to go under the knife to fix his hamstring injury.Kane limped out of Tottenham’s clash with Southampton clutching his left leg and is racing to be fit for Euro 2020 with a ruptured tendon.SunSport exclusively revealed yesterday that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was desperate to bring in a new striker and planned to hold talks over Piatek.Aston Villa, Newcastle and Crystal Palace were interested but Spurs are in pole position to land the ace, who is keen to stay at a big club.last_img read more

Truck kills 1, injures 2

first_imgBACOLOD City – A boy was killed and twoothers were injured when the pedicab they were riding crashed against a cargotruck in Barangay Su-ay, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. The 13-year-old resident of the placedied of head and body injuries, a police report showed. The other two, a12-year-old resident and a 14-year old of Barangay Andulauan, Ilog were alsohurt. They are recuperating in a hospital in Bacolod City. Tamises, meanwhile, surrendered and wasdetained in the lockup cell of the Himamaylan City police station, facingcharges./PN According to police investigators, thevictims – passengers of a pedicab – were crossing the road when the cargo truckdriven by 41-year-old Jovannie Tamises of Barangay Talacdan, Cauayan accidentallyhit them. The boy was rushed to the Gov. ValerianoM. Gatuslao Memorial Hospital in Himamaylan City where the attending physiciandeclared him as “dead on arrival.”last_img read more

Roger Dietz

first_imgRoger Dietz recently retired after being the head coach of the St. Louis CYO team for 32 years!  During this time his CYO team won 2 Indianapolis CYO championships.During his tenure as head coach, St. Louis increased their player participation to the point that this year 3 teams were fielded.  It just happened that Batesville’s CYO Team #1 defeated Batesville’s CYO Team #2 for the Deanery Championship.  Since the Indianapolis tournament has disappeared, this is as far as the teams in this area can go.Prior to becoming head coach, Roger worked in the program for almost 10 years before becoming the head coach.  Congratulations, Roger, on a job well done!  A lot of young men in this area have benefited from your dedicated service to St. Louis Parish!last_img read more

MMH installs Safe Haven Baby Box

first_imgMargaret Mary Health officially unlocked its Safe Haven Baby Box, which allows mothers to safely surrender their newborns. In attendance at the event were, from left, George Junker, MMH Board of Directors Chair; Mary Dickey, MMH Foundation Executive Director; Linda Znachko, He Knows Your Name Ministry Founder; Monica Kelsey, Safe Haven Baby Boxes Founder and CEO; Lisa Tuveson, William A. & Martha H. Hillenbrand Foundation Board Member; Megan Fitzsimmons, Community Supporter; Sr. Diane Jamison, MMH Board Member; Timothy Putnam, MMH President and CEO; Chad Hartsock, MMH Safety Coordinator and Bonnie Ploeger, MMH Quality and Risk Management Director.Batesville, IN—Margaret Mary Health recently installed a Safe Haven Baby Box which allows mothers to safely, securely and anonymously surrender their newborn if they’re unable to provide care. The Baby Box, which was unlocked for use on Friday, June 12, has been installed on the exterior wall of the hospital which faces Mitchell Avenue. It was made possible through a grant from the Margaret Mary Health Foundation, thanks to the generosity of the William A. & Martha H. Hillenbrand Foundation.In 2000, Indiana enacted the Safe Haven Law which allows a mother to give up her unwanted infant under the age of 30 days without fear of arrest or prosecution. The Baby Box automatically locks when a newborn is placed inside and a notification is sent to medical professionals. An MMH team member can quickly secure the surrendered newborn from an interior door.According to the Safe Haven Baby Boxes website, eight babies have been surrendered inside Baby Boxes since the first was installed in 2016. Nationwide, 76 surrenders have resulted from calls to the Safe Haven Baby Boxes national hotline. The Safe Haven Baby Box organization staffs a 24-hour hotline (866-99BABY1) to give women the opportunity to talk to a trained professional as they consider safely surrendering their baby. This is the 29th Safe Haven Baby Box installed in the United States and the 25th installed in the state of Indiana.last_img read more