health care costs http://ripr.org en In Network, Out-Of-Network: What It Means, Why It Matters http://ripr.org/post/network-out-network-what-it-means-why-it-matters <p>When it comes to health insurance, "in-network" means a provider or facility that's contracted with your insurer to provide services at an agreed-upon rate. "Out-of-network" means a provider or facility that doesn't have an agreement with your insurer. Whether in-network or out-of-network providers and facilities are covered, and to what extent, depends on your particular health insurance plan.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:42:08 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 32572 at http://ripr.org Tools For Health Care Consumers: Quality, Cost, And Care http://ripr.org/post/tools-health-care-consumers-quality-cost-and-care <p>Thousands of Rhode Islanders have signed up for health insurance in recent weeks, some for the first time. I'm thinking that means some might not be so familiar with our health care system, or they might not know how to keep costs down with plans that carry higher deductibles or out-of-pocket costs.</p><p>So... here are a few tools to help you navigate, from finding the highest quality, to keeping costs down, to managing your own health. It's not an exhaustive list, but a start...if you're starting from scratch!</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 21:27:54 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27515 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket's Memorial Hospital Merging With Care New England http://ripr.org/post/pawtuckets-memorial-hospital-merging-care-new-england <p>In a ceremonial signing, Care New England and Memorial Hospital will formalize a new partnership Tuesday.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 12:20:26 +0000 Catherine Welch 21046 at http://ripr.org Assembly OKs Miller's Health Care Reform Bill http://ripr.org/post/assembly-oks-millers-health-care-reform-bill <p>What? More health care reform? Isn't the federal government spearheading that? Well, yes, but states are engaged in their own reforms, and Rhode Island's got a particularly big appetite for it.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 18:09:35 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17844 at http://ripr.org Assembly OKs Miller's Health Care Reform Bill RI Health Care Reform Bill Clears Senate Hurdle http://ripr.org/post/ri-health-care-reform-bill-clears-senate-hurdle <p>A comprehensive <a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText13/SenateText13/S0540Aaa.pdf">health care reform bill </a>is headed for a full vote in the Rhode Island Senate. The bill aims, in part, to increase the transparency of health care costs.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 19:40:09 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 15798 at http://ripr.org RI Health Care Reform Bill Clears Senate Hurdle RI Insurers Must Disclose Prices to Doctors http://ripr.org/post/ri-insurers-must-disclose-prices-doctors <p>For the first time, Rhode Island’s insurance commissioner has directed health insurers to disclose what they pay for health care services. But that information won’t necessarily be directly available to patients.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 16:17:54 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 15705 at http://ripr.org New Hospital Price Data Helps, But What About Quality? http://ripr.org/post/new-hospital-price-data-helps-what-about-quality <p>You may have heard news yesterday that the federal government has released a greater level of detail on the <a href="http://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/Medicare-Provider-Charge-Data/index.html">prices hospitals charge for a list of common procedures</a> and how widely those prices vary - not only from state to state but within states, and&nbsp; even within the same city. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS), from 3000 hospitals nationwide. Thu, 09 May 2013 18:08:29 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 14951 at http://ripr.org Lt. Gov. Roberts: Planning a New Way to Pay for Health Care http://ripr.org/post/lt-gov-roberts-planning-new-way-pay-health-care <p>Rhode Island is beginning a public effort to develop a statewide plan to improve the way we pay for health care. Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is leading the effort.</p><p><br>With a $1.6 million dollar grant from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Roberts launched the six-month planning initiative. A series of public meetings will gather input from experts and community members. Roberts says she wants a plan to help health care providers and insurers move away from payments for a particular treatment or service toward paying for improved health.</p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 19:08:17 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13293 at http://ripr.org Without Unpaid Care, Alzheimer's Cost Would Soar Even Higher http://ripr.org/post/without-unpaid-care-alzheimers-cost-would-soar-even-higher <p><a href="http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1204629#t=articleResults">News </a>from the New England Journal of Medicine today finds that the cost of caring for people with dementia (including Alzheimer's) will more than double in the next couple of decades. That's because the nation's population is aging, and because the care can be expensive. Most of the estimated $215 billion dollars these diseases cost the economy can be chalked up to long term care.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 18:44:52 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 13064 at http://ripr.org Without Unpaid Care, Alzheimer's Cost Would Soar Even Higher Monday, March 4, 2013 http://ripr.org/post/monday-march-4-2013 <p>RI lawmakers are considering changing the Voter ID law.&nbsp; RI artists can get some help managing their money.&nbsp; These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br>Plus Political Commentator Scott MacKay analyzes what the current sequestration means to RI.<br><br>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.&nbsp; <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org?subject=Comment%20on%20Podcast%204%20March%202013">news@ripr.org</a></p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 14:46:14 +0000 Lydia Rogers 11298 at http://ripr.org