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February 24, 2013

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Donation approved

DANNEMORA — The Dannemora Federal Credit Union Board of Directors recently approved a $20,000 donation to the North Country Veterans Association.

Last year, the Credit Union donated $15,000 to the cause. The check was presented by CEO Randall Martin on Jan. 2.

Annual breakfast

PLATTSBURGH — Tickets are available for the North Country Chamber of Commerce’s 55th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast. Participants will find out who will be named Irishman of the year on March 18 at the SUNY Angell Center Ballroom.

Sponsored by Adirondack Bank, this event is always entertaining. Master of Ceremonies Kevin Killeen and a cast of characters will help start the morning with a smile. Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. with plenty of Irish entertainment, ending with the announcement of the chamber’s Irishman of the Year Award.

Individual tickets, as well as corporate tables of 10, are available. Reservations must be made by March 8; tickets are not available at the door. Tickets to the event are $25 if paid before March 1 and $35 if paid after March 1. Call the chamber at 563-1000 for more information or go to www.northcountrychamber.com.

Exam completed

PLATTSBURGH — Anika Fullum has successfully completed the Certified in Healthcare Compliance Examination thus earning the CHC designation, according to The Compliance Certification Board (CCB).

The examination, available locally five days a week, was released June 26, 2000. Since that date, more than 3,000 individuals have earned this professional credential.

Healthcare compliance is a relatively new industry, born out of the government’s crackdown on Medicare fraud. Compliance professionals come from a variety of backgrounds including coding, medical records, nursing, medical practice, law and government. Regardless of background, compliance professionals are tasked with assuring that health-care providers follow federal, state and local regulations that govern the delivery of healthcare.

CCB President Debbie Troklus said that the United States government constantly updates the laws and regulations surrounding Medicare to ensure proper billing and to eliminate fraud. “These new regulations demand professionals who both understand the new regulations and how to implement programs to ensure compliance within their companies,” she said

Founded by the Health Care Compliance Association in 1998, the Compliance Certification Board exists to develop criteria for the determination of competence in the practice of healthcare compliance at a variety of levels and to recognize individuals meeting these criteria. 

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