nursing homes en FY '15 Budget Aims To Rein In Medicaid Spending, Add Integrated Health Services <p>I'm combing through a Rhode Island Senate Fiscal Office summary of Governor Lincoln Chafee's FY 2015 budget proposal - a handy document that summarizes the item in question and analyzes its potential impacts. In health care, there's lots to digest.</p><p>But here are a few items that have caught my eye so far. And keep in mind, these are all still up for debate.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:29:08 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29641 at Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Strap Nursing Homes <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has proposed $43 million in cuts to the state's Medicaid program. That's the program that provides health insurance for the poor and disabled. And it's recently been expanded under Obamacare.</p><p>And while Chafee's budget wouldn't cut services for Medicaid recipients, it would have an impact on how much health care providers are paid to care for Medicaid patients. To learn more, Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter Kristin Gourlay sat down with Virginia Burke, head of the Rhode Island Health Care Association, whose members are mainly nursing homes.</p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27970 at Proposed Medicaid Cuts Could Strap Nursing Homes RI Rolls Out Integrated Care Initiative For Elderly, Disabled <p>Rhode Islanders who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid - the so-called "dual eligibles" - take note: you're being enrolled in a new health plan designed to coordinate your primary care and long term care needs a bit better. It's called the Integrated Care Initiative, it could affect nearly 28,000 Rhode Islanders, and it's not without controversy.</p><p>But first, <strong>what's it about</strong>?</p> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 20:37:57 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 23032 at URI Student Rooms with Nursing Home Resident <p>A University of Rhode Island pharmacy student has just completed an unusual experiment. Twenty-four year old Emily Anastasia spent a week living in a retirement center, South Bay Retirement Living in South Kingstown,&nbsp; where her roommate was a 92 year old woman.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 12:28:11 +0000 Flo Jonic 12087 at Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes <p>Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to institute a national background check for nursing home workers. Federal grant money – and some extra costs for nursing homes – are at stake.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:01:51 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 11533 at Kilmartin: Expand Background Checks for Nursing Homes Comparison shopping for health care in RI <p>There are a few new tools out there for comparing and researching health care options in Rhode Island. I <em>don’t</em> recommend basing your decision solely on one of these web tools. I <em>do</em> recommend digging deeper and getting behind the rankings. But I think they might be a helpful starting place for some, especially if you’re looking for care for a loved one.</p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8305 at