centers for medicare and medicaid http://ripr.org en 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.