Health Care

Health Care
3:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Lt. Gov. Roberts: Planning a New Way to Pay for Health Care

Rhode Island is beginning a public effort to develop a statewide plan to improve the way we pay for health care. Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is leading the effort.


With a $1.6 million dollar grant from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Roberts launched the six-month planning initiative. A series of public meetings will gather input from experts and community members. Roberts says she wants a plan to help health care providers and insurers move away from payments for a particular treatment or service toward paying for improved health.

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Health Care
4:30 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Day One Marks 40 Years Serving Sexual Assault Victims

Rhode Island’s only agency focused on helping victims of sexual assault is observing its 40th anniversary. Day One hopes the state’s congressional delegation can secure the federal funding they need to continue.

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Health Care
9:44 am
Fri April 5, 2013

State's First Pot Dispensary to Open in Two Weeks

Rhode Island’s first medical marijuana dispensary is set to open two weeks from today. The state health department has approved the permit for the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center. 

The facility plans to grow its own marijuana but the first batch of medicine will be purchased from growers who participate in the state’s medical marijuana program. That’s because Slater wasn’t allowed to have any marijuana on hand while it awaited its final permits.

Two other dispensaries – in Warwick and Portsmouth – are awaiting state approval.

Health Care
1:48 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

First Medical Marijuana Compassion Center Certified

The Rhode Island Department of Health has issued the state's first certificate to operate to a medical marijuana retail store. The Thomas C. Slater compassion center must tell the department when it expects to begin selling marijuana to patients who qualify. But today's announcement means the center can officially open for business.

Thousands of patients with qualifying medical conditions have registered to be able to buy the drug. They don't need a prescription but do need a doctor to certify they're eligible.
 

Health Care
5:13 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Nursing Residency Program Launches for Unemployed Nurses

Rhode Island College nursing students gain practice during a simulation
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A new program has launched to help place new and unemployed nurses in health care facilities statewide for up to nine-month-long paid residencies. It's expected to start with 20 nurses and expand to 40 by the second year, with the first placements beginning this fall.

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Health Care
4:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

No Delay for Rhode Island's Health Insurance Exchange for Small Businesses

The federal government is pushing back the launch of an online health insurance marketplace for small businesses that’s part of the Affordable Care Act. But there will be no delay in Rhode Island.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Debrief: Can We Afford Fewer Hospital Beds?

A new report finds the Ocean State might have more hospitals than it needs.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

How many hospital beds does Rhode Island really need?

That’s one question being considered in a new report from a state health care planning council. It comes at a time when a number of hospitals in the state are either up for sale, looking at new partnerships or struggling financially.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joined Elisabeth Harrison in the studio to talk about the health of the state’s hospitals and some of the surprising findings from this report.

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Health Care
5:18 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Landmark Deal Stalls Again; Missing Info from Prime

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island’s Attorney General and Department of Health officials say they’re suspending their review of Prime Healthcare’s application to buy the Woonsocket-based Landmark Medical Center.

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Health Care
4:00 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Stem Cell Research Targets Cancer, Lung Disease

Rhode Island Hospital researcher Jason Aliotta in his lab
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Lifespan Hospital system’s growing research complex in Providence’s Jewelry District will benefit from a large National Institutes of Health grant to open new labs and fund new projects. Some of that research could translate into new treatments for Rhode Island patients.

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Health Care
8:28 am
Thu March 28, 2013

New Lab Focuses on Stem Cell Research

Rhode Island Hospital has added another major research center to its portfolio. The new center will focus on stem cell biology.

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