WBEN Buffalo Business Report - Monday, August 19th 2019

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Another week, another two cent drop for local gas prices.  The AAA reports that a gallon of unleaded gas costs $2.78 in the Western New York region.

Surgeons from 18 upstate New York hospitals and health centers, including ECMC, Kaleida Health, and United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, are collaborating with each other and with Univera Healthcare to reduce the number of unnecessary opioid pills prescribed when patients are discharged from the hospital following any of 21 different surgical procedures.  The goal is to lower the risk of opioid misuse by reducing the number of opiate medications prescribed through a collaborative approach that blends the experience of surgeons and their hospitals with the data analytics of Univera.  The guidelines established by the surgeons themselves will help to ensure that patients can adequately control their pain in the postoperative period.

For the seventh consecutive year, the Mercy Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® - Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award and Target: Honor Roll Elite Plus - the AHA’s highest level of hospital recognition.

Merchants Mutual Insurance Company, part of the Merchants Insurance Group family of property and casualty insurance companies, was recently named a “Super Regional Property/Casualty Insurer” by Insurance Journal magazine.