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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.

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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Accidental drug overdose deaths in Rhode Island fell 9 percent during the first eight months of this year, compared with the same period in 2016. Gov. Gina Raimondo called it a hopeful sign in the fight against opioid addiction and death. But she cautioned Rhode Island has a lot more work to do. Health Reporter Lynn Arditi and RIPR's Elisabeth Harrison break down the newly released data.

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Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo on Tuesday cited a 9 percent decline in drug overdose deaths through August of this year as evidence that the state is making progress in tackling the opioid epidemic.

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Rhode Island’s health director on Monday approved a request by Prime Healthcare Services to convert Landmark Medical Center back to nonprofit status.

The move enables Prime to avoid paying millions of dollars in property taxes to Woonsocket and North Smithfield, where the company runs an affiliated rehab hospital.

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Last week we met Rhode Islanders waiting outside the state Department of Human Services because of problems with benefits like food stamps and Medicaid. The shift to a new online system left thousands of people without the assistance they count on. One woman, Elizabeth Vanover, says doctors bills have been piling up since the state cut off her Medicaid.

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The start of the month is an important time for Son Sam, a 62-year-old grandmother. That’s when she gets her food stamps. But this month, she didn’t get any.

So, on the first Monday in December, Sam and scores of other people lined up outside the state Department of Human Services in Providence.

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