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Re: “UPMC opens food bank for struggling employees, misses point completely (UPDATED)

Having read this article and some of the comments, I feel some of you do not know the region . I was born and raised here and have family in the Medical Industry, I say medical Industry, for that is what it has become, when I was young, most of the hospitals were independent , The independent hospitals are now all but gone, it kind of reminds you of the wild west, where you have two cattle barons controlling everything, from the government to the local media, mind you this is not the doctors or nurses this is the folks who run UPMC. back in the early 70's when UPMC was an infant they got the city fathers and state government to help them be declared as a non profit, which in fact they are not, they are worth hundreds of millions to even billions of Dollars, When the city fathers realized they had been screwed by UPMC they started a turf war with them and lost. it still simmers up every few years like the war that was fought between UPMC and HighMark, The problem is there is no other competition in town, and that hurts the Nurses and Doctors and other employees. It is very easy to say well leave town, its not so easy when you love the city and the people, you have a family and the kids are in school and other obligations.
Five years ago my sister took me to UPMC Mercy, I was told originally they were going to amputate my left leg at the knee, they changed there minds and amputated the front quarter of my left foot instead, but warned me tat I was not out of the woods and that the next few weeks were critical and that I may still loose the leg at the knee, I was in the hospital from October 17, 2009 till November 4 2009, at the time I had just been laid off from my full time job and had a part time job, with no benefits, the social workers helped arange to get me medical coverage, It was a workmen's compensation case. I want to note the care from the Doctors and the nursing staff was excellent and top notch, today Iam not so sure! my bill was $57,000.00 that is just for the hospital stay. Now my part time employer and the insurance Company , approached the Judge hearing the case and my Attorney and my-self and asked if we would be willing to settle, I agreed to.
in May 2011, we reached an agreement, of $95,000.00 of which I had to pay my attorney fees and I repaid the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania $28,000.00, I walked away with about two years salary. They had also agreed to pay the Hospital Bill, the surgical bill, I was also placed in a nursing home the one bill I saw just for the stay there from November 4,2009 to November 27, 2009 was around $57,000.00.
I was told The bills would paid, In August of 2012 If I recall, I receive a Letter from a collection agency demanding around $57,000.00 it was for my stay at upmc mercy from October 17, 2009 till November 4, 2009, not to long after that the surgical for 2009 was sent to collection, I called my attorney who contacted liberty mutual's attorney they talked to them and the were to be taken care of and would be paid, they also told my attorney the reason they were not paid was that UPMC filed the Bill incorrectly as the surgical bill under the workmens compensation regulations. My attorney tried contacting upmc on both issues and they refused to work with so as to get the bill's filed correctly so they could get paid and clear my name. I ended up having to get involved the hospital bill as it turned was being properly filed under the workmens compensation rules the surgical bill was not and was assured by UPMC Physicians Associates it would be.

Jan. 2013, I receive another collection notice in regard's to the unpaid UPMC Mercy Hospital Medical Bill for $57,000.00. I went through the roof when I saw it and wrote a letter to the judge who heard the case. Than I heard from my attorney and he went to court and filed for a penalty hearing, the hearing date was set for June of 2013, When I arrived for court, my attorney tells me Liberty Mutual's Attorney informed him that UPMC and LIBERTY MUTUAL reached an agreement and the hospital bill had been settled and paid. Total paid was around $33,000.00.

The hearing went on because they were in violation of the agreement with me and he had also informed the court that there were other unpaid issues.

The next hearing was held in October of 2013.
an issue had arisen that UPMC did indeed tell me the truth, that they had properly filed the hospital bill correctly,
the reason that Liberty mutual gave as to why it was not paid
was the London, Kentucky, address the bill had been sent to they claim did not exist.

My attorney stated to me yet once again UPMC was not being help with us, as he said you would think they would be since you took action to force liberty Mutual to pay them ?


In this hearing a liberty mutual employee was to testify and one did over the telephone, and quite frankly she was not being (FRANK) as to the date that Liberty Mutual's Office Opened in London Kentucky. at one point I thought the Judge was on our side when she interrupted my attorney to ask the witness the following, Should the office in London

November 2014 we get the ruling from the judge there would be no penalty, that liberty mutual met its obligation, even though I had to take them to court.

My attorney had filed a motion and got a ton of evidence part of this evidence found that Liberty Mutual and UPMC formed an alliance against me once, UPMC was paid off !

Posted by Mark Tercsak on 02/19/2015 at 1:40 AM

Re: “Carnegie announces "restructuring," layoffs

"Staff whose positions were eliminated as part of the reorganization will be offered a severance package based in part on length of service," read the statement.

None of the "eliminated" employees have been offered any severance whatsoever, but kudos to the Carnegie for lying to make themselves look/feel better.

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Posted by Cate on 02/13/2015 at 9:27 AM

Re: “Keith Rothfus took a vote that would have destroyed the country, but it's kinda hard to tell

I called Monday to get help from The errors Highmark made on my account. I signed a release and waited 3 days..No one got back to me.. I informed "shannon the militant one" that I need medical attention. Finally I called, after my coverage was denied.."Shannon the militant one" told me it was fixed.. I asked "then why was it denied?" She replied "I was too busy to call you.." I responded "perhaps you were too busy to do your job, because you did nothing." She then threatened to call the police on me.. I told her...I'll be on the other line..let's conference call them. She hung up.. This is how people who do not know what they are doing ACT.. They become militant...and the feeling was echoed to my 5 calls to his office..ALL DOUBLE TALK...KEITH ROTHFUS IS A STOOGE, with junior stooges at the helm... He complains about the gridlock in washington..You may want to look at your office gridlock first

Posted by Earl Grey on 02/11/2015 at 11:05 PM

Re: “District Attorney Zappala withdraws charges against Leon Ford

It's horrifying that the DA's language clearly treats Ford as a second class citizen, and doesn't take even the smallest bit of responsibility for the egregious errors that the officer made.

Maybe it's time for Pittsburgh Police to go back under federal oversight again....

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Posted by Up Ere N'At on 01/23/2015 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Trailer for Sale or Rent: Woman in Black 2

This was without a doubt, the most benign, anticlimactic, piece of poorly directed blah I've ever seen. Figuratively NOTHING happened. I did enjoy a 20 minute nap, but luckily I missed no plot development or exposition that would have made the film make sense. It was as if the original set and lighting was used to film people walking around in period clothing, to creepy music. Do yourself a favor, and nap for free at home.

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Posted by steveybee on 01/04/2015 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Earth Quaker Action Team to protest PNC Bank Saturday over mountaintop mining

Shall we consider the ripple effects of a bank refusing to do business with groups whose mission or methods are controversial? Do we really want our banks to engage in social engineering?

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Posted by xena on 12/27/2014 at 11:56 AM

Re: “A few thoughts on "The Interview"

Charlie Deitch should be writing film reviews full time, he is very insightful

Posted by xena on 12/26/2014 at 9:45 PM

Re: “Volunteers needed today for emergency toy drive

Thank you!
Volunteers needed til at least 7.

Boxes are needed.

Do not wrap gifts please.

Thank you Pittsburgh! We've already helped over 600 kids, and we're working on another 500 today.

Posted by Lindsay Patross on 12/22/2014 at 3:25 PM

Re: “UPDATED: Local organizations scrambling for toys

Thank you for posting the link to IheartPGH - we just want to help provide a coordinated response to make sure that every kid gets a toy.
We will be updating this post - http://iheartpgh.com/2014/12/19/emergency-toy-drive-can-help/

Donations can be made online here --> https://www.crowdrise.com/emergencytoydrive/fundraiser/iheartpgh

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Posted by Lindsay Patross on 12/19/2014 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Anti-Flag show cancellation, planned benefit for police-shooting victim result from music promoter's online comments

Lol @ brian green. Eric garner was breaking up a fight according to some and at worse according to the poilce selling loose cigarettes from a pack. So he should die for cigaretts, give me a fking break.

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Posted by Michael Orellano on 12/15/2014 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Anti-Flag show cancellation, planned benefit for police-shooting victim result from music promoter's online comments

Brian Green, why do you spout such vomit on this comment thread, when you obviously have no idea what you are talking about? EDUCATION goes a long way... I can't force it on you, but it can allow you to be able to see beyond the rhetoric and under the surface of the issue.

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Posted by Mickermoo2 on 12/11/2014 at 8:18 PM

Re: “Anti-Flag show cancellation, planned benefit for police-shooting victim result from music promoter's online comments

This is bullshit. Individuals who lost there life due to racism? How about individuals who lost their life due to criminal actions! There is no evidence that any of these incidents had anything to due with racism! Then the supporters go block highways and Cary out other such "crimes" and yet these criminals don't get prosecuted! The only racism is the individuals supporting criminal behavior and belittling a cop for doing his job and not allowing a thug to disarm him! I completely support Brian Drusky and matter in fact I am going to order a shirt from his band after I finish typing! Brian simply made fun of the criminals who feel they need to commit crimes because their racist agendas where not supported by the grand jury! Anyone notice all the "racist" killing have all started with criminal behavior and where fueled by resisting arrest! Good job Brian by speaking your mind I have 100% respect for you!

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Posted by Brian Green on 12/10/2014 at 8:15 PM

Re: “Pittsburgh-based reality series, Godfather of Pittsburgh premieres tonight on A&E

i just saw part of this show, where the man who is the head of his security had his custodial child taken from him 5 yrs ago. it took vince 1 phone call to a p.i. & he found an address which was surprise! as the security guy called it ..."where her father lives'. so this security guy never even attempted to do some leg work on his own? i dont care how broke you are, you wash floors, dig ditches & pay a p.i. to find your son. the child ended up not being there, but the point is that father should have been all over that town 5 yrs ago. he did get custody after the mom was arrested. i just hope is a better dad this time.

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Posted by alex tribeca on 12/07/2014 at 2:03 PM

Re: “Earth Quaker Action Team to protest PNC Bank Saturday over mountaintop mining

Non-fossil energy is fast becoming cheaper than coal. The writing is on the wall, so when will we stop dumping coal garbage in the air and water?

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Posted by Skip Bryant on 12/06/2014 at 9:50 AM

Re: “Earth Quaker Action Team to protest PNC Bank Saturday over mountaintop mining

Cheap energy is what drives this economy.

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Posted by Geo Thermal on 12/05/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Protesters take to Pittsburgh streets in wake of police violence

I agree with everyone who believes that police brutality/killings should stop. Concerned Citizen has an interesting comment about psychological testing and those who do not have the needed temperament to show restraint. While these things are true I'm 99% sure that those most vehemently protesting have never been in a shoot or don't shoot situation. Our civil servants volunteer their lives to defend citizens. It is not only their own life they are protecting, but those of people in communities and homes around them. If someone is acting suspicious with a gun in hand how are public protectors supposed to interpret this? Would you prefer they disregarded this? Ignored it? This person could be a threat to you or your children. One has to assume a gun is loaded and act accordingly. Every human life is impossible to replace and therefore priceless. Most people do not understand the difficulty of the decisions that a policemen has to make and would not make better ones if put in those positions themselves. I speak from the experience of a combat medic with a tour of duty in Iraq. There is much to consider. Hopefully these protests will serve the purpose of considering all angles and sides of argument and thought.

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Posted by Medic on 12/05/2014 at 1:36 PM

Re: “Protesters take to Pittsburgh streets in wake of police violence

There is all too often the use of excessive force by the police. The psychological testing is apparently insufficient; far too many policemen do not have the needed temperament.

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Posted by Concerned citizen on 12/05/2014 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Protesters take to Pittsburgh streets in wake of police violence

When and where are the scheduled protests?

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Posted by Charlie on 12/05/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Protesters take to Pittsburgh streets in wake of police violence

Thank you, CP, for covering this. Thank you, protesters, for taking the time to call our attention to this serious problem in our country. We all need to think long and hard about this issue. Time for a hard, honest look at all of ourselves. No single answer, but we aren't going to solve it by ignoring it.

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Posted by Dottyeyes on 12/04/2014 at 6:46 PM

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