Health Care

Health Care
5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

RI Health Care Sector Expected To Grow 16%; More RNs Needed

The state expects to see a shortage of nurses in the coming years.
Credit Aaron Read

Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers.

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Health Care
9:42 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Chafee Signs New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Into Law

Governor Lincoln Chafee has signed a bill into law requiring practitioners to register with the state’s prescription drug monitoring program.

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Health Care
3:58 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

In Switch, Ferguson Says HealthSourceRI Won't Need State Money in FY15

In a switch, the head of Rhode Island’s version of Obamacare says HealthSourceRI won’t need about $5 million dollars in state funding for the next fiscal year.

HealthSourceRI director Christine Ferguson last week said the exchange would need $4.6 million dollars in state money to keep going next year.

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Health Care
8:48 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Healthsource RI Needs $4.6M For 2015

Rhode Island's health insurance exchange HealthSource RI says it needs $4.6 million dollars to keep running through fiscal year 2015.

The money would need to come from the state.  HealthSource RI director Christine Ferguson says the money would cover the program's operating costs, and will allow federal funding to cover program development.

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Health Care
2:51 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Health Dept. Approves CharterCare, Prospect Deal

The Rhode Island Health Department has approved the affiliation of CharterCare with the California-based for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings. The state’s attorney general approved the deal last week.

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Health Care
1:42 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

20 More Primary Care Practices To Join CSI-RI

A statewide effort to link more Rhode Islanders with primary care is expanding.

The effort is called the Chronic Care Sustainability Initiative, or CSI.CSI promotes the patient-centered medical home model of health care. In a patient centered medical home, a team of health care professionals coordinates a patient’s care. It’s especially helpful for patients with chronic illnesses, although anyone can join.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Flu? Rash? The Doctor Will See You Now (At Planned Parenthood?)

Planned Parenthood is set to start offering primary care services.

Planned Parenthood clinics are known for family planning – everything from testing for sexually transmitted diseases to prescribing birth control and performing abortions. But now, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England plans to offer more comprehensive primary care services at its Providence clinic. Rhode Island Public Radio health care reporter Kristin Gourlay spoke with the organization’s president and CEO Judy Tabar about the news.

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Health Care
4:22 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Providence VA Audited Friday; Auditors Find No Scheduling Irregularities

The Department of Veterans Affairs has conducted audits of medical centers around the country after allegations emerged that some centers had concealed appointment wait times. The Providence VA was audited on Friday last week. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki ordered the audits to uncover any other scheduling problems or misconduct. Providence VA spokeswoman Leslie Pierson says auditors spent all day Friday interviewing staff about scheduling practices.

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Health Care
2:43 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Pilot Program Links Doctors With Addiction Experts

State officials have announced another tool to help physicians spot and treat drug abuse.

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Health Care
5:05 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

RI AG Approves CharterCare/Prospect Deal

Rhode Island’s Attorney General has approved the affiliation of the nonprofit CharterCare Health system and the California-based for-profit Prospect Medical Holdings. CharterCare operates Roger Williams, St. Joseph’s, and Our Lady of Fatima hospitals.

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