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The Pulse is written by Lynn Arditi.

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The Senate leadership introduced a bill (S-2893) Wednesday that would require hospital officials to testify under oath to state regulators assessing hospital takeovers.

THE BLOOMBERG AMERICAN HEALTH INITIATIVE

The Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would legalize the possession and distribution of test strips to detect fentanyl laced in heroin and other illicit drugs

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Rhode Island health officials say hospital emergency rooms are seeing a spike in the number of patients being treated for drug overdoses.

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Despite broad opposition from the medical community, the Rhode Island Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would mandate up to life in prison for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

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Care New England announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement for a takeover of Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital network by Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

 

The deal, if approved by federal and state regulators, would mark a giant shift in Rhode Island’s healthcare market, granting Massachusetts’ largest health system huge influence -- and pricing power -- over Rhode Island’s health system.

 


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Rhode Island health clinics would be prohibited from providing abortion services or referrals if they receive federal Title X funds, under the Trump administration’s proposed changes to the family-planning program.

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A new report by Blue Cross Blue Shield shows Rhode Island has the highest rate of diagnosis for major depression in the country.

Major depression -- characterized by persistent sadness and trouble performing routine daily activities – is second only to high blood pressure in its impact on overall health for Americans covered by commercial insurance, according to Blue Cross.

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Care New England officials on Thursday reported it would be operating in the black if it weren’t for the ongoing losses from the now-closed Memorial Hospital.

Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital system reported a $7 million net loss from operations during the first three months of 2018. That included an $8.5 million loss from the Pawtucket hospital, which closed last January.

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At the urging of the Rhode Island Medical Society, Governor Gina M. Raimondo has agreed to explore the creation of safe injection sites in Rhode Island.

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A new study  by the Association of American Medical Colleges offers fresh evidence that academic medicine is a major driver of Rhode Island’s economy.

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The union representing employees at Fatima Hospital in North Providence has filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board against hospital officials for refusing to disclose details of the hospital’s latest accreditation review.

Annajane Yolken

The streets of Lisbon, Portugal were once described as littered with syringes. During the 1990s, this southern European country roughly the size of Maine had one of the worst drug epidemics in the world. Today, Portugal boasts one of the lowest rates of overdose deaths in the European Union. How did they do it?

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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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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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Rhode Island’s largest hospital network -- Lifespan -- will now join with Care New England in its negotiations with Boston-based Partners Health Care.

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