Health Care

Health Care
6:00 am
Thu April 30, 2015

No Easy Task: "Reinventing" Medicaid To Improve Health, Contain Costs

Juana Kollie visits with staff at the PACE health center in South Providence.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Today is the due date for a plan to cut nearly $180 million dollars from Medicaid. Half of that is state funding, the other matching federal dollars. To close a burgeoning state budget gap, Gov. Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting hospital and nursing home payments. Her “Reinvent Medicaid” task force delivers its recommendations today for finding the rest of the savings in the state’s health insurance program for the poor. Their proposals are aimed at reducing the cost of caring for some of the most complex patients.

Patients like Juana Kollie.

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Health Care
2:38 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

House Committee Hears Proposal On HealthSource RI Tax

State lawmakers are set to take up proposed Healthsource RI tax
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

State lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday about a proposed tax on health insurance to pay for the state’s online health insurance exchange, HealthSource RI.

Federal Obamacare money covered the startup cost of HealthSource RI – the state’s marketplace for individual and small business insurance plans. But now Rhode Island must come up with the money to keep it going, or turn it over to the feds. Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal includes a tax on every individual and small business health plan – whether bought on the exchange or not – to pay for HealthSource RI.

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Health Care
9:11 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Brown University To Host Medical Marijuana Forum

Cannabis plant
Credit Federal Wildlife Service

Brown University hosts a forum Tuesday on legalizing marijuana. The event will feature doctors and researchers with perspective on the health effects of marijuana. 

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Health Care
5:14 pm
Mon April 27, 2015

Cranston Police Receive Autism Training

Cranston Police Chief Micheal Winquist
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Cranston police have begun special training to help them work better with people with autism. The training is geared toward preventing a police encounter from escalating.

Every Cranston police officer will be trained to recognize the signs of autism. And they’ll be equipped to respond to emergencies involving adults or kids with autism. Cranston police Lieutenant Mark Freeborn says the training should help avoid the misinterpretation that autistic behavior is disobedient, or aggressive.

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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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