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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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Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital chain, is resuming payments in lieu of taxes to the city of Providence, Lifespan announced today.

Lifespan President and CEO Dr. Timothy Babineau said that better finances have led the hospital to resume the payments to Providence with a $400,000 contribution. According to the hospital system, Lifespan’s finances have rebounded from a $33 million operating loss to a break-even status on its balance sheet, enabling the system to resume the payments.

The Pulse: In Early Recovery, A Vulnerable Brain

Mar 16, 2017
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Early recovery from addiction is a delicate, difficult period. It’s a time when drug users are most at risk of relapsing or overdosing. But scientists are learning more about the biology of early recovery and how people with substance abuse problems can survive it.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, March 14

Mar 14, 2017
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What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, March 14:

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Hospitals in Rhode Island must now follow new guidelines before discharging a patient who has overdosed on opioids. 

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Mar. 7

Mar 7, 2017
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What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, March 7:

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Feb. 28

Feb 28, 2017
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What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, Feb. 28

UHIP: The House Oversight Committee continues hearings on UHIP Thursday, March 2 at the State House. On the agenda: delayed payments to long-term care providers. The state’s new public benefits system has been riddled with problems. Lawmakers say they want to keep an eye on progress fixing the troubled system and get to the bottom of what went wrong. The House Oversight Committee is chaired by Rep. Patricia Serpa (D-Warwick).

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What’s broken about Rhode Island’s mental health system and what would it take to fix the problems? 

The Pulse: Sherman On The Future Of HealthSource RI

Feb 16, 2017
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Online health insurance marketplaces like Rhode Island’s HealthSource RI are a key feature of the Affordable Care Act. Nearly 30,000 Rhode Islanders buy health insurance plans through the exchange, and most receive some kind of federal subsidy to help pay for those plans. But Obamacare is under fire, and there’s a lot of uncertainty about these marketplaces. 


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State representative Aaron Regunburg has been chairing a House committee on the use of solitary confinement in Rhode Island’s prisons. Solitary has been shown to damage mental health, and a high percentage of attempted suicides in prisons take place in solitary confinement. The question on the table: is this tool worth the cost to an inmate’s mental and physical health? 

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If the Affordable Care Act is repealed without a replacement, hospitals in Rhode Island could take a hit. 

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People with Down Syndrome are living longer than they ever have before. But with that good news comes a troubling statistic. 

Your Weekly Briefing, Health In Rhode Island, Jan. 24

Jan 24, 2017
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What’s happening in health in Rhode Island, Jan. 24

SLATER: Eleanor Slater Hospital has a new CEO: Cynthia Huether brings 25 years of behavioral health care experience to the job. Gov. Gina Raimondo has called for a turnaround of the hospital, where an independent report found people in the top leadership positions lacked the proper training and experience.

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Health and Human Services make up a little more than 40 percent of Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed 2018 budget. There are no huge surprises in this year’s recommendations, but much uncertainty over the fate of federal health care funding.

Your Weekly Briefing: Health In Rhode Island, Jan. 17

Jan 17, 2017
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What’s happening in health care in Rhode Island, Jan. 17th:

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As Republicans prepare to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a clear replacement, many Rhode Islanders are concerned about their future. Freelancers, artists, and adjunct professors are in a particularly precarious position, because they don’t have access to employer-sponsored health insurance. 

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