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The Pulse is written by Lynn Arditi.

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Patients or their doctors would be able to request that pharmacies partially fill prescriptions for opioids under a bill introduced in the General Assembly aimed at reducing the risk of opioid abuse. 

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A new study co-led by a Rhode Island epidemiologist found that a simple drug testing strip -- similar to a home pregnancy test --  accurately detected the potentially deadly opioid fentanyl in street drug samples.

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A top CVS Health executive is leaving the Woonsocket-based pharmacy chain to become chief executive of a company that owns upscale retailers including Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor.

Helena Foulkes, vice president of CVS Health and president of CVS Pharmacy, where she currently oversees the company’s retail stores, will become CEO of Toronto-based Hudson Bay Company effective Feb. 19, according to company news release. Foulkes will be responsible for HBC’s global strategy and operations, including more than 480 stores.

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Rhode Island’s health director has ordered Care New England Health System to pay a half-million dollars a year to the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls for costs associated with transporting patients to area hospitals following this month's closure of Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket.

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Care New England Health System announced Thursday it is moving ahead with its planned sale to Massachusetts-based Partners Health Care.

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The Rhode Island Medical Society says it is time to consider a new approach to reducing drug overdose deaths: supervised spaces where drug users can inject heroin or other drugs.

The professional association -- representing some 5,000 physicians, physician assistants and medical students -- organized a private meeting at its offices last Friday to vet the idea.

Flu Strains RI Emergency Rooms

Jan 17, 2018
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Nearly 300 people have been hospitalized for the flu in Rhode Island this season, and emergency rooms at two local hospitals are overwhelmed with patients.

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Brown University and a California for-profit hospital chain announced Thursday plans to make a rival bid for Rhode Island’s second-largest health system, Care New England.

The Ivy League university’s partnership with Prospect Medical Holdings comes as Care New England is negotiating a sale to the Boston-based Partners HealthCare.  

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Two private foundations announced Thursday donations totaling $95,000 to support Rhode Island’s efforts to expand the state’s foster care system.

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A not-for-profit prisoners' rights group is suing Massachusetts Bristol County Sheriff’s Office for holding prisoners with serious mental illness in segregation cells.

Playwright Tackles Stigma of Opioid Addiction

Jan 9, 2018
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Playwright Ana Bess Moyer Bell was studying for a master’s degree at New York University when the opioid epidemic hit home.  Friends in their 20s began dying of drug overdoses.

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Rhode Island health officials on Thursday approved Care New England’s plan to close Memorial Hospital’s emergency department, effectively shutting down the hospital.

The decision, effective Monday, includes a number of conditions – such as maintaining a walk-in clinic open seven days a week in Pawtucket -- designed to ensure services to area residents and off-set costs associated with transporting patients to other hospitals, according to a statement released by the state Department of Health.

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Care New England Health System and Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare announced Wednesday that they have agreed to extend the deadline for reaching agreement on a proposed merger through January 2018.

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Rhode Islanders have until the end of the month to sign up for health coverage for 2018 under the Affordable Care Act.

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Care New England Health System announced Friday it has taken steps to protect the retirement pensions for 2,060 current and former Memorial Hospital employees after the hospital’s planned closure.

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