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Health Care
3:40 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

RI Health Care Reform Bill Clears Senate Hurdle

Rhode Island's state capitol
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A comprehensive health care reform bill is headed for a full vote in the Rhode Island Senate. The bill aims, in part, to increase the transparency of health care costs.

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The Pulse
1:03 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Tracking This Session's Health Legislation

Dozens of bills have been introduced in the General Assembly this session that, if passed, could affect your health, your family's health, or the state's health care system.

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Health Care
3:24 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

RI's Latest Health Care Merger: Good for You and Your Bottom Line?

BCBSRI chief medical officer Dr. Gus Manocchia says it's too soon to tell how a Lifespan/Gateway merger will affect premiums.
Credit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island

The Lifespan hospital system’s recent acquisition of Gateway, a mental health care network, may be a sign of more to come. But it could be too soon to tell what it means for a patient’s pocketbook.

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Future Docs
3:28 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

A Year of Future Docs, In One Documentary

Future Docs Peter Kaminski and Sarah Rapoport begin their third year of medical school this summer.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Throughout the school year, we've been following two bright, young, future doctors. Now, we're wrapping up the journey with a one-hour documentary about the crucible of medical school, set against the backdrop of some of the most dramatic changes in health care in a generation. Listen to the full hour or individual segments online, below, or download and listen on the go.

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The Pulse
2:08 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

New Hospital Price Data Helps, But What About Quality?

You may have heard news yesterday that the federal government has released a greater level of detail on the prices hospitals charge for a list of common procedures and how widely those prices vary - not only from state to state but within states, and  even within the same city. The data comes from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS), from 3000 hospitals nationwide.

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The Bottom Line
10:47 am
Fri May 3, 2013

The Bottom Line - MedMates Health Care Network

Aspiera Medical head David Goldsmith discusses the new “MedMates” health care network that is developing across Rhode Island; connecting startups, existing companies, researchers and colleges and universities.

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The Pulse
4:15 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

AS220 Spotlights Health Care in Rhode Island

AS220 space on Empire Street in Providence
Credit AS220

AS220, the downtown arts organization, and the Roots Cafe are hosting three public panel discussions about health care in Rhode Island. And one of them features someone you might know from such illustrious places as... this blog! My predecessor here at RIPR, the delightful Megan Hall, is one of the panelists! Events take place at 5:30 pm on April 24, May 1, and May 8 at AS220 Cafe, 115 Empire Street, in Providence.

Details on the first two events:

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Health Care
3:08 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Lt. Gov. Roberts: Planning a New Way to Pay for Health Care

Rhode Island is beginning a public effort to develop a statewide plan to improve the way we pay for health care. Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is leading the effort.


With a $1.6 million dollar grant from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Roberts launched the six-month planning initiative. A series of public meetings will gather input from experts and community members. Roberts says she wants a plan to help health care providers and insurers move away from payments for a particular treatment or service toward paying for improved health.

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The Pulse
2:44 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Without Unpaid Care, Alzheimer's Cost Would Soar Even Higher

Credit Hurd MD et al. / New England Journal of Medicine

News from the New England Journal of Medicine today finds that the cost of caring for people with dementia (including Alzheimer's) will more than double in the next couple of decades. That's because the nation's population is aging, and because the care can be expensive. Most of the estimated $215 billion dollars these diseases cost the economy can be chalked up to long term care.

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The Pulse
11:10 am
Wed February 13, 2013

What it meant: health care in the State of the Union

In last night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama mentioned health care five times (by my count). One, later in the address, referred to making sure military veterans get the mental health care they need. The other mentions had to do with Medicare: as the nation ages, it's the biggest contributor to our nation's deficit.

Here's what he said:

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