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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Learning To Respect A Patient's Wishes At The End Of Life

Second-year resident Dr. Mark Salmon at the bedside of patient Melissa Smith (played by actress Melissa Bowler). In this simulation, Melissa Smith is dying from advanced ovarian cancer. Smith's mother Terry (played by Terry Rochon, RN) looks to Dr. Salmon for reassurance.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Talking about dying is difficult for most people, including doctors. But can they learn a better way to help patients nearing the end of their lives? Can health care systems learn to respect those wishes? Here’s one experiment to find out.

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Dr. Kate Lally gathers a group of second year residents outside a patient’s room at Kent Hospital in Warwick. Lally explains the patient they’re about to examine is 34-year-old Melissa Smith. She has advanced ovarian cancer. Until now, she’s been in hospice care at home, keeping comfortable.

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Health Care
8:56 am
Mon April 6, 2015

New Phase Begins For Group Tasked With Cutting Medicaid Spending

Health and human services secretary Elizabeth Roberts leads the group tasked with cutting some $180-million dollars from the Medicare budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A group charged with finding nearly $180 million dollars in savings from Rhode Island’s Medicaid program begins the second phase of its work Monday.

Throughout March Governor Gina Raimondo’s Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid held town hall meetings across the state to gather public input. Now they must get down to the hard work of finding ways to save money. They have until the end of the month to deliver recommendations to the Governor.

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The Pulse
5:04 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Debating The Data On Medicaid Spending (Updated)

Is Rhode Island spending more than other states caring for the elderly? Or not enough?

(See update, below, plus a reminder: the final Reinvent Medicaid public town hall meeting is scheduled for tonight at 6 pm at the East Bay Family Health Center in Newport.)

That's a question that's come up for debate at the recent "Reinventing Medicaid" town hall meetings around the state, and in statements from groups with a stake in the outcome of Gov. Gina Raimondo's plans to trim nearly $180 million dollars in state (and federal) Medicaid spending.

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RI News
8:30 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

The Governor's 2016 Budget: A Deeper Look At Health Care And Education

Credit Don Borman

  Gov. Gina Raimondo gave her first State of the State address last night, unveiling her first budget.

Explore the governor's budget online.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Thu March 12, 2015

How Will Health Care Fare In The Governor's Budget?

Gov. Gina Raimondo is scheduled to deliver her first State of The State address tonight. The address will give Rhode Islanders their first look at the governor’s spending priorities for the coming fiscal year.

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