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The Rhode Island insurance marketplace, HealthSource RI, is now up and running, thanks to a lot of great preparatory work. Tea Party ire as these “Obamacare” insurance marketplaces opened up around the country set off the government shutdown, a threat of U.S. default and considerable controversy. Rhode Island businesses now must sort through the confusion. I thank the local chambers of commerce, HealthSource RI, and the Rhode Island Association of CPAs, who’ve worked with the congressional delegation to sort fact from myth. more
President of JHF Nutritional Consulting and founder/executive director of the new nonprofit The Picture of Children’s Health talks about the importance of healthy eating. more
CEO of the American Nurses Association Marla Weston will visit the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School Monday to meet with students and tour the school, which is the first and only middle college in the country aimed at preparing high school students for careers in nursing. more
Everett Company’s Freedom Project Brain Café will bring together health care providers, artists, and community members to discuss issues related to incarceration Oct. 30 in Brown University’s Granoff Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. more
Last week Women & Infants Hospital gained accreditation for transfusion services performed by the hospital’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine by the American Association of Blood Banks. more
In the coming months, users of HealthSource RI will be able to find out which providers are included in a particular health plan’s network directly through the exchange website. more
So HealthSource RI is up and running. At least comparatively speaking, it seems quite successful at this early stage, too, managing encouragingly high traffic, facilitating registration, and even enrolling new subscribers. In the first week of operation, the site enrolled about as many new subscribers as neighboring Connecticut, which draws from a much larger population. It would seem that Director Christine Ferguson and her small but intrepid staff deserve at least preliminary kudos for the frenetic effort needed to get the massive project off the ground on time. more
WOONSOCKET – State health officials have approved Seven Hills Rhode Island’s application to run an outpatient ambulatory-care facility, The Woonsocket Call reported last week. more
PROVIDENCE – Parents of children suffering from pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with strep (PANDAS), also referred to as pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome (PANS), will be gathering here in November for a conference. more
PROVIDENCE – Brown University researchers who developed BrainGate, a brain-computer interface that could help restore independence to people with paralysis, were awarded the $1 million Moshe Mirilashvili Memorial Fund B.R.A.I.N. Prize. more
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