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The Pulse is written by Kristin Gourlay, an award winning health care reporter for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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The Pulse
4:22 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Health Care Of The Future: House Calls?

Patient-centered medical homes. Community health teams. Accountable care organizations. Integrated medical and behavioral health care practices. Case management.

Jargon?

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The Pulse
3:50 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Graduates: Know Your Health Insurance Options

Congratulations, class of 2015! You've got your diploma, and you're headed out into the world to start your life as an adult. Well done. If you've already lined up a job, with health insurance, doubly well done! But if not, don't worry. And don't assume you have to go without coverage. You have options.

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The Pulse
2:00 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New Data Show Minority Health Lags Behind Whites

Maternal/infant health indicators, by group
Credit Rhode Island Department of Health

More than half of Native American children in Rhode Island live in poverty. The infant mortality rate for blacks is twice that of whites in Rhode Island.

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The Pulse
4:27 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

DCYF By The Numbers: 91 Kids Out-Of-State, 22 Caseworker Vacancies

Credit RIPR file photo

The Rhode Island House Committee on Finance (Subcommittee on Human Services) heard testimony today about the revised FY '15 and recommended FY '16 budget for the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. That's Rhode Island's child welfare agency, responsible for thousands of children who have been abused or neglected. They provide services to families to help stabilize them and work through a crisis so kids can stay in the home, place kids in foster care, group homes, or residential treatment if needed, and supervise the Training School, Rhode Island's juvenile detention facility.

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The Pulse
1:18 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

New Data Reveal Most Prescribed Drugs To RI Medicare Recipients

In 2013, the top prescribed drug for Rhode Islanders with Medicare drug plans was Omeprazole, a treatment for heart burn, ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Health care providers wrote about 190,000 prescriptions for it.

(Reminder: Medicare is the health benefit plan for people over the age of 65 or disabled adults.)

That's followed by atorvastatin calcium (brand name Lipitor), used for lowering cholesterol - prescribed to 27,000 individuals.

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