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BUSY CARETAKER: Victoria Mitchell, a certified nursing assistant at Hopkins Manor in North Providence, says she and her co-workers care for up to 11 patients per shift, bathing, dressing and feeding each one in turn. It is an increase from the eight patients Mitchell used to care for during her morning shift when she began working as a CNA 22 years ago.
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Nursing homes care more with less

When she started working as a certified nursing assistant 22 years ago, Victoria Mitchell was assigned about eight patients during her morning shifts.Now, Mitchell...
RECENT IMPROVEMENTS: HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman speaks with Robin Dionne, HSRI chief public affairs officer. Sherman said recent improvements to the HSRI for Employers program include technology advances that have allowed HSRI to connect employers with ancillary products to supplement health and dental plans.
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HSRI: Stable but will it ever cover costs?

Soon after the state established HealthSource RI in 2014, it was recognized as one of the nation’s most successful health-benefits exchanges in meeting enrollment...
MASSACHUSETTS U.S. ATTORNEY Andrew E. Lelling has announced the conviction of a former Rhode Island physician for his role in a 2012 Medicare fraud scheme. / COURTESY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Former R.I. physician convicted of Medicare fraud

BOSTON — A physician and former employee of New England Pain Management Associates, Inc. was convicted Sept. 21 by a federal jury of conspiring...
PRO-CHANGE BEHAVIOR SYSTEMS and the Rhode Island Quality Institute are collaborating to offer a screening program, HealthCoach for Me, to aid practices in helping patients with weight loss and smoking cessation.

Pro-Change, RIQI launch weight-loss, tobacco cessation screening pilot

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Pro-Change Behavior Systems Inc. is collaborating with the Rhode Island Quality Institute using a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ grant...
THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION has temporarily halted $10.4 billion in Affordable Care Act risk management payments to insurers, a change that some say will put the "solvency of the market ... at risk."

Latest Trump administration action puts health insurance market ‘at risk’

PROVIDENCE – President Donald Trump’s administration is temporarily halting $10.4 billion in Affordable Care Act risk management payments to insurers. The move could have...
THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE of Health and Human Services awarded $1.5 million to URI to create programs to train health care professionals of the future. / COURTESY URI

R.I. awards $1.3 million to URI for health care workforce training

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services has awarded $1.3 million from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

Four R.I. hospitals penalized for high patient injury, infection rates

PROVIDENCE — Four Rhode Island hospitals have been penalized with a 1 percent reduction in Medicare payments for fiscal 2018 by the federal Centers...
SOUTH COUNTY HOSPITAL earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating. /COURTESY SOUTH COUNTY HOSPITAL

CMS.gov rates South County Hospital R.I.’s sole 5-star institution

WAKEFIELD — South County Hospital earned a five-star rating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating this month,...

EOHHS receives $1.5M in Mylan qui tam settlement

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Executive Office of Health & Human Services received $1.5 million from the settlement of allegations Mylan Inc. and Mylan Specialty...
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