Health Care http://ripr.org en RI Launches New Programs To Treat Addicts, Prevent Overdoses http://ripr.org/post/ri-launches-new-programs-treat-addicts-prevent-overdoses <p>State leaders have announced some new steps in the fight against prescription painkiller and heroin addiction. The news accompanies the release of the latest grim numbers of drug overdose deaths. &nbsp;</p><p>Rhode Island health department head Michael Fine told a standing-room-only crowd at the Anchor Community Recovery Center in Pawtucket that 85 people have died since January from suspected drug overdoses, mostly heroin. Hundreds more have overdosed but survived, he said, thanks to an antidote called Narcan, which first responders carry.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:32:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32203 at http://ripr.org RI Launches New Programs To Treat Addicts, Prevent Overdoses Flu Declared Widespread A Second Time This Season http://ripr.org/post/flu-declared-widespread-second-time-season <p>For the second time this season, the Rhode Island health department has declared flu widespread. That means that any unvaccinated health care workers must wear surgical masks around patients until the declaration of “widespread” is lifted. Flu was declared widespread in Rhode Island for most of January and February this year. But the health department says this time is more intense than the first.</p><p>The dominant strain now affects the elderly, in particular. 13 people have died from flu in Rhode Island this season, all of them in their 80s and 90s.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:14:18 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32164 at http://ripr.org Flu Declared Widespread A Second Time This Season House Committee Considers Bills to Legalize Pot, Expand Medical Marijuana http://ripr.org/post/house-committee-considers-bills-legalize-pot-expand-medical-marijuana <p>State lawmakers are scheduled to consider several marijuana-related bills this evening. At issue is expanding access to medical marijuana and, once again, legalizing the drug for anyone over the age of 21.</p><p>Seven marijuana-related bills are before the House Committee on Judiciary. One would legalize marijuana for all adults, regulating it like alcohol and taxing sales. That’s been proposed before and failed, but other states have since legalized it.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:51:32 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32151 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Set To Begin Health Insurance Claims Database http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-set-begin-health-insurance-claims-database <p>You may have gotten a letter in the mail recently from your health insurance company asking whether you wanted to opt out of something called an “all payer claims database.”</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:17:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32017 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Set To Begin Health Insurance Claims Database Medicare Advantage Plan Members Can Opt Out If Plans Drop Doctors Without Cause http://ripr.org/post/medicare-advantage-plan-members-can-opt-out-if-plans-drop-doctors-without-cause <p>New rules for Medicare Advantage plan members give seniors more flexibility to opt out of plans that drop their doctors from the network.</p><p></p><p>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that Medicare Advantage plan members will be able to switch plans if those plans drop doctors mid-year without cause. These are Medicare plans offered by private insurance companies and often operate like HMOs.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:48:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31785 at http://ripr.org Medicare Advantage Plan Members Can Opt Out If Plans Drop Doctors Without Cause The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade http://ripr.org/post/forgotten-childhood-why-early-memories-fade-0 <p></p><p></p><p>Francis Csedrik, who is 8 and lives in Washington, D.C., remembers a lot of events from when he was 4 or just a bit younger. There was the time he fell "headfirst on a marble floor" and got a concussion, the day someone stole the family car ("my dad had to chase it down the block"), or the morning he found a black bat (the furry kind) in the house.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:52:20 +0000 Jon Hamilton 31772 at http://ripr.org The Forgotten Childhood: Why Early Memories Fade To Manage Chronic Disease, RI Tries A Team http://ripr.org/post/manage-chronic-disease-ri-tries-team <p>Having a chronic disease like diabetes or asthma can be debilitating. It can also be managed with ongoing medical treatment and taking care of your health. But there's a cost to <em><u>not</u></em> managing these conditions - to your health, and to the health care system. That's why health care professionals and public officials have been focusing their efforts on helping patients manage those chronic conditions through better primary care. That's the goal of the "chronic care sustainability initiative" in Rhode Island, or CSI&nbsp; RI.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31437 at http://ripr.org To Manage Chronic Disease, RI Tries A Team RI Hospitals Must Report Overdoses Within 48 Hours http://ripr.org/post/ri-hospitals-must-report-overdoses-within-48-hours <p>The Rhode Island health department has issued more <a href="http://www.sos.ri.gov/documents/archives/regdocs/released/pdf/DOH/7738.pdf">emergency regulations </a>to deal with the state’s rising number of deaths from opioid overdoses. The new regulations require hospitals and health care professionals to report any overdoses from prescription painkillers, heroin, or other opioids to the department within 48 hours.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:36:24 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31504 at http://ripr.org RI Hospitals Must Report Overdoses Within 48 Hours Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns http://ripr.org/post/women-infants-sees-surge-opioid-addicted-newborns <p>The rising number of Rhode Islanders struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin has brought an increase in babies born addicted to these substances. And Women &amp; Infants Hospital is treating a growing number of them.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31381 at http://ripr.org Women & Infants Sees Surge In Opioid-Addicted Newborns Sorting Through Shifting Advice On Mammography http://ripr.org/post/sorting-through-shifting-advice-mammography <p>Recently, the results of a <a href="http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g366">study that followed Canadian women for 25 years</a> cast some doubt on the value of mammography in helping to reduce deaths from breast cancer. Add to that news the recently updated recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that women should get a mammogram every other year from age 50 to 74, and you’ve got a recipe for confusion</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31134 at http://ripr.org Sorting Through Shifting Advice On Mammography