Health Reform

The Pulse
12:08 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Does Having Health Insurance Boost ER Visits?

Another study seems to suggest that, contrary to previous assumptions, it does.

Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have just published the results of a study in the Annals of Emergency Medicine that looked at all emergency department visits at 69 hospitals between the fall of 2006 and the fall of 2009. In 2006, Massachusetts expanded access to health insurance to nearly everyone in the state.

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The Pulse
3:56 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Ready: RI's Road Map For Health Care Transformation

A little while ago I mentioned this plan was being drafted, and open for public comment. The final product is available now, and it's worth a read, here: http://www.healthcare.ri.gov/healthyri/resources/SHIPwithAppendix.pdf (.pdf opens another document).

First, this document, the "Rhode Island State Healthcare Innovation Plan," produced out of Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts' office, is a great snapshot of the state's health care system. If you want a primer on our health care system, our biggest health problems, and where the opportunities lie for fixing them, look it over.

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The Pulse
12:11 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

RI's Road Map For Health Care Transformation

How do you transform an entire health care system? First, you need a plan.

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The Pulse
6:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Recap: Most Significant Health Legislation this Session

Lawmakers wrapped up the work of the 2013 General Assembly at Rhode Island state capitol last week.
Credit RIPR

The 2013 session of the Rhode Island General Assembly has officially,finally, wrapped up. With that, we turn to Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay for a recap of some of the most significant health legislation to pass and not pass  and how it might affect you.

DAVE: So much happening in health care now in Rhode Island and nationally – from the implementation of the Affordable Care Act to rising health care prices. Did legislators tackle any of these big issues this session?

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Future Docs
5:00 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Future Docs 8: Should Med Students Know the ACA?

Anne Kuritzky, MD, second from right, tends to an emergency room patient at Rhode Island Hospital
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

What do doctors need to learn in school to take the best care of you? Clearly, they need advanced medical and scientific knowledge. But should we expect doctors to know something about how our health care system works? How about the Affordable Care Act – one of the most important changes in health care policy in a generation? We continue our ongoing series Future Docs with some answers.

Dr. Anne Kuritzky is about five hours into her shift on the trauma unit at Rhode Island Hospital when the next call comes.

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Tue July 24, 2012

CBO Estimates Health Reform Will Cost Less Than Thought

The Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation have just released new estimates of what President Obama’s Affordable Care Act will cost, and the numbers are less than previously thought. From the CBO Director’s Blog:

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The Pulse
12:00 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Are Seniors Taking Advantage of Free Preventive Health Care?

Under the health care reform act, many preventive services like diabetes screenings, bone mass measurement, and so-called “Wellness” visits are now available for free (no co-payment) to Medicare recipients. (Medicare is health coverage for people over age 65.

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