Homeless couple in Clinton County loses child due to alleged lack of medical care

By Cydni Robinson
Clinton County Chatter Staff Reporter

On Feb. 24, DeWitt Township Police and Mercy Ambulance were called to the Town and Country Motel, 16262 U.S. Route 27, at 4:52 a.m., said police officials. When Officer Kyle Kolka arrived to the scene he noticed a naked 45-year-old woman lying on her left side on top of a large amount of blood. Allegedly next to the woman was a male infant that was still attached to an umbilical cord and appeared listless, he said. Kolka attempted to clear the child’s airway and begin CPR.

First reported case of Zika Virus in Ingham County

By Griffin Wasik
Ingham County Chronicle Staff Reporter

The first reported case of the Zika Virus in Michigan occurred in Ingham County on Feb. 23, health officials said in a press release. The patient, a female resident of Ingham County, caught the virus when traveling in a country where Zika can be passed on, according to the release. The patient, who was not pregnant, had Zika symptoms shortly after returning to Michigan, according to the release. “This person who has/had Zika, picked it up elsewhere,” Dr. Edward D. (“Ned”) Walker, professor in the Department of Entomology and the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University, said.

Electronic health records raise worry about hacking

By MICHAEL GERSTEIN
Capital News Service
LANSING – Many hospitals have already swapped old paper documents for electronic records to slash administration costs and improve health care. But with more hospitals switching to digital filing, concern is growing among health and technology professionals that the push for efficiency and lower costs will open the door to malicious attacks from cyberthieves searching for valuable information. Yet there have been few known Michigan cases of medical information stolen by unauthorized people, experts say. “We haven’t really seen any that we’re aware of,” Colin Ford said of privacy breaches. He is the director of state and government affairs at the Michigan State Medical Society.

Health benefits combined for the older low income

By JENNIFER CHEN
Capital News Service
LANSING – Although the state could move dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid individuals into a new system, most beneficiaries don’t realize the upcoming changes to their benefits, according to a new survey. Michigan is one of 15 states awarded a contract to develop an integrated plan that offers both high-quality and cost-effective care. Medicare provides health benefits to people older than 65, and Medicaid benefits are for low-income residents. People who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid benefits are called “dual eligible,” according to the Department of Community Health. If fully implemented, the program as proposed would integrate services and funding for more than 200,000 state residents enrolled in both programs, which cost the state and federal governments more than $8 billion annually, according to the department.