Lynn Arditi

Healthcare Reporter

Arditi joins RIPR after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at the Providence Journal, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care. A native of New York City, she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in government and has worked as a staff writer for The Center for Investigative Reporting in Washington, D.C. and as a reporter for the former Holyoke Transcript-Telegram in Massachusetts.

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CVS Health paid its CEO Larry J.Merlo compensation totaling more than $18 million last year. That’s according to a proxy statement filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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The federal government is threatening to withhold nearly $1 million dollars in reimbursements to Rhode Island because of ongoing problems with the state’s computerized benefits system that administers the nutrition assistance program known as food stamps.

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Testimony is expected Tuesday before the House Finance Committee on Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed fiscal 2019 budget for the state's Department of Children, Youth and Families. 

The child-welfare agency was the subject of two scathing reports last year, by the Office of the State Child Advocate, for its handling of cases involving children who were seriously injured or died in its care.

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Rhode Island health officials report drug overdose deaths last year declined about 4 percent, the first significant decline in nearly a decade.

The final count, released Monday, showed the decline was not as significant as early reporting suggested. And the decline in opioid-related overdose deaths last year was even smaller – 1.4 percent – state data shows.

Fewer children in Rhode Island are living in poverty but more face longer wait times for in-patient psychiatric care, according to the Rhode Island Kids Count 2018 Factbook released Monday.

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Public health experts are opposing a bill introduced at the request of state Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

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The Rhode Island Foundation announced Friday the award of $280,000 in grants to improve Rhode Islanders’ access to health care.  

The Blackstone Valley Community Health Center, Clinica Esperanza and The Rhode Island Free Clinic were among the organizations sharing in the grant awards.  These community health centers offer primary care for residents in underserved areas such as Central Falls and the Olneyville section of Providence.

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A research team led by Rhode Island Hospital’s chief of infectious diseases has discovered a new class of antibiotics that could one day help fight bacteria that have developed resistance to current antibiotics.

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More than two dozen Rhode Island cities and towns have joined a growing legal attack against the manufacturers and wholesalers of prescription opioids.

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Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island reported a $1.7 million loss for 2017,  and the insurer's chief executive officer said Friday he is concerned about proposed cuts in the state's Medicaid budget.

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A group of emergency physicians is calling on state officials to expand training for 911 dispatchers to improve survival rates of residents who experience a sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.

In Rhode Island, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrests outside of a hospital is about 10 percent, compared with 50- to 60-percent in states where 911 dispatchers are trained to provide emergency medical instructions.

Before she became a medical journalist and best-selling author, Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal worked in hospital emergency rooms. There she witnessed what she describes as the dysfunctional business America’s health care. According to Dr. Rosenthal, the proposed takeover of Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital group, by the Massachusetts company, Partners HealthCare, deserves careful scrutiny.

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In Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal's book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. She describes the health care system as a dysfunctional market, where the same prescription you’ve had for 20 years can suddenly more than double in price overnight.

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More women than men are enrolling in medical school, but women doctors are still paid significantly less than their male colleagues, according to a new national survey released Wednesday. And the pay gap is growing.

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On the West Side of Providence, streets were mainly quiet as snow fell and wind howled through the trees. Many businesses shut down, and plenty of residents stayed warm and dry indoors. But the sidewalks were scattered with more than a dozen snowblowers and shovelers.

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