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Brown Reports Four Students Contracted Mumps

Dec 5, 2017
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Four Brown University students have contracted the mumps, the latest in a series of outbreaks on college campuses across the country.

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CVS Health’s chief executive says the Woonsocket-based company’s $69 billion bid to acquire health insurer Aetna will be good for consumers – and Rhode Island’s governor seems to agree.

But health industry experts say there are reasons to be skeptical.

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Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital system, reported it ended fiscal 2017 with operating earnings of $14.6 million.

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Care New England Health System announced plans Tuesday to relocate Brown University’s medical residency programs to Kent Hospital in Warwick after Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket closes.

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Uncertainty shrouds the future of Care New England Health System, which this week moved one step closer to closing Pawtucket Memorial Hospital when it stopped accepting patients into its intensive care unit.

But a top Care New England executive says Memorial employees can rest assured about one thing: their pension plan.

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Rhode Island Hospital has won a nearly $8 million grant to build a program to address disparities in health outcomes among children with asthma.

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Care New England Health System closed Memorial Hospital’s intensive care unit Monday, prompting accusations by the hospital’s union that it violated state regulatory procedures.

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Rhode Island's health department has fined Prime Healthcare Services $1 million for violating state law by failing to get permission to move its two Rhode Island hospitals into the company’s charitable foundation, effectively converting them to nonprofits.

The fine is the largest in at least three decades, if not ever, leveled by the state against a health system, Joseph Wendelken, a health department spokesman, said.

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Memorial Hospital is closing all but some walk-in clinics after its planned sale to a California hospital chain fell through.

Hospital officials announced the decision on Tuesday at a noon meeting with hundreds of employees.

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Prescription opioids aren’t the only medication that public health officials worry about doctors over-prescribing. Another is antibiotics.


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Former Presidential Candidate Howard Dean predicts that Republicans are unlikely to stop the federal Medicaid reimbursements that help millions of low-income Americans pay for out-of-pocket medical costs.


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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
National Institute on Drug Abuse

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
Brain Week Rhode Island

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

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