Primary Care en To Manage Chronic Disease, RI Tries A Team <p>Having a chronic disease like diabetes or asthma can be debilitating. It can also be managed with ongoing medical treatment and taking care of your health. But there's a cost to <em><u>not</u></em> managing these conditions - to your health, and to the health care system. That's why health care professionals and public officials have been focusing their efforts on helping patients manage those chronic conditions through better primary care. That's the goal of the "chronic care sustainability initiative" in Rhode Island, or CSI&nbsp; RI.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31437 at To Manage Chronic Disease, RI Tries A Team Match Day Sees More Primary Care Residencies <p>Match Day was Friday for fourth year medical students around the country. It's an annual rite, the moment when students find out whether and where they'll be doing their residency. It's a big deal because where you do your residency matters on so many levels - from the number of years you'll spend there, to the quality of the doctors who train you, to the opportunities you'll have to deepen your specialty. And many residents end up staying where they train.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 16:53:18 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30937 at Match Day Sees More Primary Care Residencies Does Having Health Insurance Boost ER Visits? <p>Another study seems to suggest that, contrary to previous assumptions, it does.</p><p>Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston have just published the results of a study in the <em>Annals of Emergency Medicine</em> that looked at all emergency department visits at 69 hospitals between the fall of 2006 and the fall of 2009. In 2006, Massachusetts expanded access to health insurance to nearly everyone in the state.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:08:33 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 30757 at Insurers Spending More On Primary Care <p>News from the state's health insurance commissioner (OHIC): insurers are making good on their commitment to invest more of their premium revenue in primary care. OHIC directed insurers to raise the amount they spend on their members' primary care by one percentage point every year for four years. And in a <a href="">new report </a>the agency says they're going to hit those targets.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:21:49 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 28620 at Reducing Overtreatment, Overtesting, And Overdiagnosis <p>I had a chance to speak to Department of Health director Dr. Michael Fine this morning as he traveled to a conference in Boston. The gathering, put on by the Lown Institute, is "<a href="">From Avoidable Care to Right Care</a>," convenes "...clinicians, patient advocates, and civic leaders to deepen our mutual understanding of the cultural, scientific, and ethical issues surrounding the overuse of medical services." (Dr. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:47:46 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25703 at Reducing Overtreatment, Overtesting, And Overdiagnosis Sen. Whitehouse To Focus On Health Reform Success In RI <p>Senator Sheldon Whitehouse will hold a roundtable discussion Monday on how the Affordable Care Act is benefiting the state. He hopes to call attention to efforts to reduce costs and improve quality.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 17:42:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 25451 at Sen. Whitehouse To Focus On Health Reform Success In RI New Data on RI's Doctor Supply <p>The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has released <a href="">state-by-state profiles </a>of the physician workforce for 2012. And in Rhode Island, here are the highlights (see the full profile <a href="">here</a>):</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 21:34:54 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24772 at New Data on RI's Doctor Supply Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care <p>California-based Prime Healthcare Services won approval earlier this week to buy Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center. But the approval came with conditions. One is that the company keep Rhode Island regulators abreast of a federal investigation it’s under for allegedly over-billing Medicare. Another is that Prime invest in primary care and in preventing hospital re-admissions. The Department of Health expressed some concern about Prime’s practices at other hospitals, but department head Michael Fine said the terms of the deal to acquire Landmark should allay those concerns.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 24035 at Landmark's New Owner Must Use Rx Monitoring Program, Invest In Primary Care Program Aims To Curb ER Use, Integrate Mental Health and Primary Care <p><a href="">The Providence Center </a>has received a $1.7 million dollar federal grant to try to help people with mental health problems avoid the emergency room.&nbsp; The program could help hospitals, and the state, slash some of the most expensive medical bills.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:45:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23094 at Koller Reflects on Time in Office, Outlook for RI Health Care <p>Chris Koller, Rhode Island’s first commissioner of health insurance, spent his last day in office today. Before he heads to New York City to take over as president of the Milbank Memorial Fund, he stopped by our studios to reflect on his time in office here.</p><p>The General Assembly created Koller’s position – a first in the nation, too – in the mid-2000s to help address growing concern over the cost of health insurance and how insurers were paying health care providers.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 16:01:10 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17505 at Koller Reflects on Time in Office, Outlook for RI Health Care