Michael Fine 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 To Flu Shot, Or Not To Flu Shot? http://ripr.org/post/flu-shot-or-not-flu-shot <p>It’s flu season already and that means you’ll be reminded to get a flu vaccine at seemingly every turn.</p><p>Should you listen? Is this year any different?</p><p>Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay sat down with the head of Rhode Island’s health department, Dr. Michael Fine, for some answers.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?&nbsp; Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org">news@ripr.org</a></p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 26398 at http://ripr.org To Flu Shot, Or Not To Flu Shot? State Lawmakers: Close Gaps In Rx Monitoring Program http://ripr.org/post/state-lawmakers-close-gaps-rx-monitoring-program <p>State lawmakers are looking at ways to strengthen Rhode Island’s prescription drug monitoring program. They say there are too many gaps in the current system that allow people to abuse prescription drugs.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:58:54 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25711 at http://ripr.org State Lawmakers: Close Gaps In Rx Monitoring Program Reducing Overtreatment, Overtesting, And Overdiagnosis http://ripr.org/post/reducing-overtreatment-overtesting-and-overdiagnosis <p>I had a chance to speak to Department of Health director Dr. Michael Fine this morning as he traveled to a conference in Boston. The gathering, put on by the Lown Institute, is "<a href="http://lowninstitute.org/event/lown-conference-2013-from-avoidable-care-to-right-care/">From Avoidable Care to Right Care</a>," convenes "...clinicians, patient advocates, and civic leaders to deepen our mutual understanding of the cultural, scientific, and ethical issues surrounding the overuse of medical services." (Dr. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:47:46 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25703 at http://ripr.org Reducing Overtreatment, Overtesting, And Overdiagnosis Kilmartin, Fine Urge United Healthcare To Reinstate Doctors http://ripr.org/post/kilmartin-fine-urge-united-healthcare-reinstate-doctors <p>Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin and Health Department director Michael Fine have sent a letter to the CEO of United Healthcare New England expressing their concern over the insurer’s dropping of dozens of doctors from its managed Medicare plan in the state. They want United to reinstate doctors until they submit a plan to handle the transition.</p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:13:47 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24901 at http://ripr.org Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care http://ripr.org/post/landmarks-new-owner-must-use-rx-monitoring-program-invest-primary-care <p>California-based Prime Healthcare Services won approval earlier this week to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center. But the approval came with conditions. One is that the company keep Rhode Island regulators abreast of a federal investigation it’s under for allegedly over-billing Medicare. Another is that Prime invest in primary care and in preventing hospital re-admissions. The Department of Health expressed some concern about Prime’s practices at other hospitals, but department head Michael Fine said the terms of the deal to acquire Landmark should allay those concerns.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24035 at http://ripr.org Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care The Doctor Is In...Central Falls http://ripr.org/post/doctor-incentral-falls <p>Last night I attended one of what could be the first of 39 more public forums, put on by the state's health department, around Rhode Island. And it wasn't what I thought it would be.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 19:04:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23730 at http://ripr.org The Doctor Is In...Central Falls Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse, One Log In At a Time http://ripr.org/post/fighting-prescription-drug-abuse-one-log-time <p>For Rhode Islanders between 15 and 44 years old, the leading cause of death is accidental drug overdose, usually involving prescription painkillers. &nbsp;State health leaders are calling it an epidemic. There’s growing evidence that tracking the number of pills doctors prescribe to potential abusers might ease the problem. But Rhode Island’s fledgling prescription drug monitoring program is just getting started.</p><p><strong>The dark side of opiates</strong></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16918 at http://ripr.org Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse, One Log In At a Time AS220 Spotlights Health Care in Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/as220-spotlights-health-care-rhode-island <p><a href="http://as220.org/">AS220, </a>the downtown arts organization, and the Roots Cafe are hosting three public panel discussions about health care in Rhode Island. And one of them features someone you might know from such illustrious places as... this blog! My predecessor here at RIPR, the delightful Megan Hall, is one of the panelists! Events take place at 5:30 pm on April 24, May 1, and May 8 at AS220 Cafe, 115 Empire Street, in Providence.</p><p>Details on the first two events:</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:15:22 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13506 at http://ripr.org AS220 Spotlights Health Care in Rhode Island Study: Rhode Island Has Too Many Hospital Beds http://ripr.org/post/study-rhode-island-has-too-many-hospital-beds <p>Rhode Island could do with the equivalent of one fewer hospital. That’s the conclusion of a draft report meant to guide the state’s health care planning.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:46:30 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 12520 at http://ripr.org Study: Rhode Island Has Too Many Hospital Beds