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BETTER ­RANKINGS: Shayla Durfey, third-year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, is a co-author of a study that finds that federal rankings for cost-saving Medicare Advantage Plans improve when adjusted for race, neighborhood poverty and social risk.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Brown study: Adjusting Medicare Advantage Plan scores for race, poverty a...

Federal rankings for cost-saving Medicare Advantage Plans improve when adjusted for race, neighborhood poverty and social risk, increasing reimbursement rates for companies offering them,...

New Medicare cards replace Social Security numbers to protect beneficiaries

PROVIDENCE – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is mailing new Medicare cards this month with randomly assigned Medicare numbers instead of Social...

AARP Report: Medicare contributes $2.5B to Rhode Island economy

PROVIDENCE – Medicare contributes $2.5 billion to Rhode Island’s economy, equivalent to 21 percent of state and local government spending in the state, according...

NHPRI exiting Rhody Health Options program

PROVIDENCE – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island has notified the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services it will end its participation...
THE MAIN TRUST FUND behind Medicare, the United States health-care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2026, according to Medicare’s Board of Trustees. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Medicare fund to fall short in 2026, sooner than last forecast

NEW YORK - The main trust fund behind Medicare, the United States health care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in...

Prescription drug costs a crime

President Donald Trump has complained that U.S. drug companies are “getting away with murder.” For once the hyperbole is forgivable: It suggests he takes...

Lifespan reports increased operating income, strong overall results in FY17

PROVIDENCE – In a strong turnaround from the previous year’s results, Lifespan Corp.’s operational income grew more than $12 million to $14.5 million in...
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION has filed a lawsuit challenging the program that has removed Rhode Islanders from Medicaid benefits.

ACLU files federal lawsuit over Medicaid benefits

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks class action status on behalf of people who say they...
SURPLUS: With most Rhode Island hospitals experiencing a decline in patients since 2006, and falling demand for inpatient services, the state has a surplus of hospital beds. Shown above is a patient room from The Miriam Hospital in Providence. / COURTESY ­LIFESPAN CORP.

Hospital demand falls, industry groups differ on whether to embrace trend

Officials and an expert analysis agree Rhode Island has a hospital-bed surplus coupled with a trend toward diminishing demand for inpatient services, but local...

Let states cut drug prices

Drug prices are too high, and Congress lacks the political will to do anything about it. These are two of the most uncontroversial assertions...
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