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3:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

RI's Latest Health Care Merger: Good for You and Your Bottom Line?

BCBSRI chief medical officer Dr. Gus Manocchia says it's too soon to tell how a Lifespan/Gateway merger will affect premiums.
Credit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island

The Lifespan hospital system’s recent acquisition of Gateway, a mental health care network, may be a sign of more to come. But it could be too soon to tell what it means for a patient’s pocketbook.

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Health Care
4:53 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

RI Health Dept. Encourages Hep C Testing for Boomers

Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Rhode Island Dept. of Health estimates nearly 11,000 Rhode Islanders are infected with the Hepatitis C virus but don’t know it. That’s why the department is encouraging testing.

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Health Care
11:44 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Online Health Insurance Marketplace to Offer 28 Plans

Rhode Island’s online marketplace for health insurance is taking shape in preparation for October 1st. That's the date the exchange is scheduled to be up and running with a variety of new health plans to choose from.

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Health Care
3:13 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Women & Infants Researcher Counters Critics of Premature Baby Study

Examining an infant in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Naval Medical Center San Diego
Credit US Navy

Women and Infants Hospital is responding to allegations that a research study of premature babies in which it participated didn’t properly inform parents of the risks.

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Health Care
2:20 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Newport Drinking Water Exceeds Safety Standard

Credit Environmental Protection Agency

Newport residents received notice this week that levels of some cancer-causing chemicals in their water have exceeded what’s allowed by the federal government. It’s no emergency, but the city is upgrading its treatment facilities to prevent possible long term health effects.

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Health Care
2:45 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

USDA to Help RI Feed Low-Income Kids This Summer

Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon at a school lunch program in Arlington, VA, October 2011.
Credit US Dept. of Agriculture

Rhode Island is getting a boost from the US Department of Agriculture to help attract more kids in need to its summer food program. The USDA’s goal is to increase participation by 10 percent.

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Health Care
1:56 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

BCBSRI Responds to Steward Suit Over Failed Landmark Deal

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island is responding to a lawsuit claiming that it stymied Steward Health Care’s bid to acquire Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.

Steward is the Massachusetts-based, for-profit health care chain that tried to acquire Landmark, which has been in receivership for several years. Steward filed suit in Superior Court this week claiming Blue Cross thwarted those plans purposefully to maintain what Steward calls an unlawful monopoly on commercial insurance and hospital services.

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Health Care
11:27 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Westerly Hospital Lays off 45 Ahead of Sale to L&M

Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Westerly Hospital will lay off 45 employees, just before its sale to Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London, CT is completed.

Westerly’s new owners struck deals with hospital unions early on during acquisition talks. They agreed to keep most clinical positions. The 45 lay-offs don’t conflict with those commitments.

15 of the employees losing their jobs are unionized support staff. The rest are mainly from Westerly’s business office. Those functions will be consolidated at L&M’s headquarters in Connecticut.

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Health Care
7:07 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Rhode Island Drug Take-Back Event Beats Records

Rhode Island collected more than 23-hundred pounds of pharmaceuticals this past Saturday during a statewide prescription drug take-back event.

The Attorney General’s office says that beats the record of all six previous take-back events in Rhode Island.

Rhode Islanders were encouraged to bring unused or expired prescription medications to several locations throughout Rhode Island for authorities to dispose of safely.

Health Care
1:04 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

RI Prescription Drug Take-Back Nets 2300+ Pounds

Rhode Island collected more than 2300  pounds of pharmaceuticals this past Saturday during a statewide prescription drug take-back event.

The Attorney General’s office says that beats the record of all six previous take-back events in Rhode Island.

Rhode Islanders were encouraged to bring unused or expired prescription medications to several locations throughout Rhode Island for authorities to dispose of safely.

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