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R.I. updates pain-management regulations to curb opioid abuse

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has updated its pain-management regulations to require doctors prescribing opioids to discuss the risks of taking the pain reliever, indicate...
THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE of Health and Human Services has expanded Medicaid coverage for Direct Acting Anti-viral Drugs to include all Medicaid enrollees.

R.I. expands coverage of hepatitis C-fighting drugs to all Medicaid enrollees

PROVIDENCE — When Medicaid enrollee Michelle Giron was denied coverage for hepatitis C-curing drugs the second time in May, she and the Rhode Island...
CHARTERCARE HEALTH PARTNERS has made an offer for Care New England's Memorial Hospital building, where it intends to restore services, starting with the emergency room. / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND

CharterCARE makes undisclosed offer for Memorial Hospital

PAWTUCKET — Two months after CharterCARE proposed investing $10 million to restore emergency room services at the former Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island building,...

Kent Hospital to invest $1.7M in patient verification systems after 4...

WARWICK – Kent Hospital, a Care New England facility, has agreed with the R.I. Department of Health to invest at least $1.7 million into...
THE TRUTH ABOUT OPIOIDS video will run on local TV this month to warn people from the dangers of the drugs and addiction. COURTESY/R.I. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

R.I. runs $600K prevention campaign ‘The Truth About Opioids’

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force announced today a local $600,000 social media and television public prevention campaign,...

R.I. Department of Health launches Lyme disease prevention campaign

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health is reminding people to be wary of Lyme-disease-bearing ticks in the wake of reported increases in national...
ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY students working with the RIDOH Academic Center present research to the Bristol Health Equity Zone. A new partnership between RWU and the R.I. Department of Health will partner students and health officials on health research and hands-on teaching in the university's public health degree program. / COURTESY RWU

RWU, RIDOH partnership aids health education, research

BRISTOL – Roger Williams University’s growing public health program is getting a boost from a new partnership with the R.I. Department of Health that will...
INFLUENZA IS NO longer widespread in Rhode Island, the R.I. Department of Health reports. / COURTESY RIDOH

RIDOH: Flu no longer widespread in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health has announced flu is no longer widespread in the state, relieving unvaccinated medical personnel from the requirement...
THE CDC reports the current flu vaccine is more than 59 percent effective for children up to eight-years-old against the H3N2 flu virus, the most common strain this season. / COURTESY CDC

Vaccines still recommended as flu season wanes

PROVIDENCE — Flu vaccinations remain your best defense as Rhode Island’s reported influenza-like illnesses continue to wane.Flu-like illnesses comprised of 2.2 percent of all...
The CDC reports Rhode Island is one of five states in the nation showing a decline in opioid-related emergency room visits over the 12 months ended Sept. 30, 2017. /BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DHIRAJ SINGH

CDC: Rhode Island among five states showing decline in opioid emergency...

PROVIDENCE – A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows Rhode Island is one of the five states in the United States...
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