Health Care

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Gov. Gina Raimondo is slated to sign several pieces of legislation Monday, aimed at curbing the opioid crisis.

The ceremonial signing includes bills to require health professionals to discuss the risk of addiction before they prescribe opioids to patients and stricter penalties for distributing fentanyl.

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As states grapple with rising opioid abuse, needles left in parks and city sidewalks are becoming a bigger problem.

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The House cleared its version of a paid sick time bill in a 55-14 vote Thursday. The legislation has some key differences with the Senate’s version of the bill.

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Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital chain, is resuming payments in lieu of taxes to the city of Providence, Lifespan announced today.

Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau said that better finances have led the hospital to resume the payments to Providence with a $400,000 contribution. According to the hospital system, Lifespan’s finances have rebounded from a $33 million operating loss to a break-even status on its balance sheet, enabling the system to resume the payments.

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The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is now conducting its weekly tests for mosquito-borne diseases. The updates begin every first of June and run through the end of September.

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A new effort to combat opioid addiction and overdose deaths opened Monday in Rhode Island. Lifespan, the state’s largest hospital system, is running an outpatient treatment facility called the Lifespan Recovery Center in Providence.

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State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is the latest to join a bipartisan investigation into pharmaceutical companies’ marketing tactics of prescription opioids.

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There’s a new tool in the fight against drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island. Publicly available boxes containing naloxone, an anti-overdose drug, have been installed in various social service agencies in Providence.

Dr. Geoff Capraro, a physician at Rhode Island Hospital, helped design the so-called NaloxBoxes, which he likens to a fire extinguisher.

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A state Senate bill aiming to streamline the merger and acquisition process for nonprofit hospitals is scheduled for a vote in the Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday. The bill, which would amend the Hospital Conversions Act, has sparked debate between lawmakers and hospital union workers.

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The Rhode Island Foundation is giving out $270,000 in grant money to five organizations working to improve health care in the Ocean State.

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The Ocean State is being honored by March of Dimes Monday for its work in reducing premature births. Preterm births have dropped by 10 percent between 2010 and 2015 — down to 8.6 percent.

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Care New England, one of the largest hospital chains in Rhode Island, is announcing a series of layoffs as it continues to deal with ongoing financial problems. Layoffs will affect “clinical and non-clinical, union and non-union” workers, officials said in a statement.

Updated opioid prescription regulations are in effect now as part of a statewide effort to cut overdose deaths by one- third over the next three years.

Third Personal Data Breach Hits UHIP Customers

Apr 14, 2017
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State officials say they’ve encountered another personal data breach in the new online system for state benefits like Medicaid – a system called UHIP. Officials say a file containing embedded personal information was posted to the State's Transparency Portal and the General Assembly website. The information has since been removed. 

Lifespan Announces Bid For Rival Care New England

Apr 13, 2017
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The Lifespan hospital system has submitted a bid to buy its rival, Care New England. Lifespan officials say they believe combining the organizations would quote “enhance the clinical and academic missions of both institutions, “ and make for better, more cost-effective care for patients in Rhode Island.

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