centers for medicare and medicaid http://ripr.org en Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI http://ripr.org/post/where-aca-dollars-have-flowed-ri <p>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have announced the second round of Health Care Innovation awards. These are big grants for projects that are trying to reduce the cost of health care and/or improve care delivery, often for some of the sickest or most complicated patients.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 18:24:10 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36528 at http://ripr.org Where ACA Dollars Have Flowed Into RI Medicare Advantage Plan Members Can Opt Out If Plans Drop Doctors Without Cause http://ripr.org/post/medicare-advantage-plan-members-can-opt-out-if-plans-drop-doctors-without-cause <p>New rules for Medicare Advantage plan members give seniors more flexibility to opt out of plans that drop their doctors from the network.</p><p></p><p>The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that Medicare Advantage plan members will be able to switch plans if those plans drop doctors mid-year without cause. These are Medicare plans offered by private insurance companies and often operate like HMOs.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:48:06 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 31785 at http://ripr.org Medicare Advantage Plan Members Can Opt Out If Plans Drop Doctors Without Cause RI Hospital Cuts Infection Rate; More Hospitals to Track C. Diff. http://ripr.org/post/ri-hospital-cuts-infection-rate-more-hospitals-track-c-diff <p>Rhode Island Hospital officials say they have reduced the incidence of a potentially deadly infection patients can acquire in the hospital by 70 percent. Hospitals around the country are battling the infection called C. <em>difficile </em>, but tracking their progress has been difficult.</p><p>C. <em>difficile </em>causes infectious diarrhea, and you’re most likely to pick it up in a contaminated hospital or long-term care facility. 14,000 people die from it every year nationwide. What’s more, it resists most antibiotics, so it’s hard to treat.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 17:51:41 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 17289 at http://ripr.org RI Hospital Cuts Infection Rate; More Hospitals to Track C. Diff.