RIDOH Approves Affiliation Between Westerly Hospital and Yale-New Haven Health Services

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today the approval, with conditions, of the proposed affiliation between Westerly Hospital (LMW Healthcare) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation. “We looked very closely at the application and issued a decision with a series of patient- and community-focused conditions,” said Director of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH. “Our top priorities are ensuring that Rhode Islanders have access to high-quality health services and care in every zip code throughout the state and ensuring the health and sustainability of our state’s healthcare system as a whole.” RIDOH accepted an affiliation application from the organizations…
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REED, WHITEHOUSE RAISE CONCERNS ABOUT MYLAN’S EPIPEN PRICE HIKE AND EXPANDED PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Patient Assistance Program Allows Company to Increase Drug Prices While Passing Costs onto Insurance Companies and Consumers WASHINGTON, DC — In a letter sent today to the CEO of pharmaceutical company Mylan, Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, along with 18 of their Senate colleagues, expressed their serious concerns about the company’s significant price hikes for the life-saving EpiPen Auto-Injector. The Senators raised questions about Mylan’s decision to expand its patient assistance program, which allows the company to sharply increase prices while passing the cost of these increases onto insurance companies and ultimately to consumers, and to introduce an authorized…
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Transition to New Health and Human Services Eligibility System Begins September 8

Clients encouraged to report any changes to personal information before September 8 to ensure timely processing; some services will be limited Clients already eligible for and receiving benefits will not be affected. During the transition period, Department of Human Services (DHS) field offices and the HealthSource RI (HSRI) Contact Center will remain open during regular business hours. Those who come to a DHS office will still be able to drop off an application or redetermination packet, report a change, complete an assessment, or submit a request for a replacement EBT card. However, DHS will not be able to process those…
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AG Kilmartin Approves Affiliation Between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation

RI - Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin today announced that the Office of Attorney General (RIAG) has approved, with conditions, the proposed affiliation between LMW Healthcare (Westerly Hospital) and Yale-New Haven Health Services Corporation. RIAG accepted an application from the parties for an expedited review on June 11, 2016 and held a public informational meeting concerning the affiliation on August 2, 2016. Under the Hospital Conversions Act, the Attorney General has 90 days to review and issue a decision on an expedited application. "This is the second time in three years my office has reviewed a sale of Westerly Hospital,…
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Fentanyl-related Drug Overdoses Continue to Cause Deaths in RI

RI - New overdose death data from the spring and reports from overdose survivors indicate that Rhode Island remains in the midst of a fentanyl-use crisis that is increasingly claiming victims who are unaware that the cocaine or heroin they have purchased has been altered with the synthetic drug. "Fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more lethal than heroin. Fentanyl kills and it kills quickly, often only moments after someone has snorted or injected a quantity the size of the head of a match," said Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). "Governor Raimondo's…
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ONU advierte sobre altos niveles de contaminación del agua

Voz de América Más de 323 millones de personas en tres continents corren el riesgo de contraer enfermedades que pueden amenazar sus vidas como el cólera y la tifoidea. El programa del medio ambiente de Naciones Unidas alertó sobre altos niveles de contaminación del agua en tres continentes lo que pone en riesgo la vida de millones de personas. Según el más reciente reporte sobre la calidad del agua en el mundo, la mayor preocupación es que alrededor de 323 millones de personas están en riesgo de contraer enfermedades como el cólera o tifoidea. Pero la advertencia va más allá…
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Antibiotic Resistance Threatens Treatment of Sexually-transmitted Infections

Lisa Schlein VOA News GENEVA — The World Health Organization warns of a growing threat of antibiotic resistance to three common sexually transmitted infections. The WHO is issuing updated guidelines on treatments nations should follow to reduce their spread and improve sexual and reproductive health. Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are major public health problems. The World Health Organization estimates the three sexually-transmitted diseases together infect more than 200 million people globally every year. Chlamidya, which can cause infertility in both men and women, infects 131 million people. The WHO says those who come down with this common bacterial infection frequently also…
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Company’s Device Permits On-the-spot Gluten Tests

VOA News SAN FRANCISCO — A California startup has developed a portable technology that will allow consumers to test their food for gluten on the go. "Even when you go out and see these labeled menu items, you are still playing Russian roulette," said Shireen Yates, co-founder and chief executive of Nima, founded in 2013. Designed in San Francisco by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Google and Nike, the company's namesake product, Nima, can analyze any type of food or beverage for gluten down to 20 parts per million, the Food & Drug Administration classification for…
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Study: Zika Linked to Hearing Loss

Add hearing loss to the list of health problems that could be caused by the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the study Tuesday, saying that out of nearly 70 children infected with the virus, four had hearing loss that appeared to be unconnected with any other health issue. This, the researchers say, could mean the hearing problems stem from Zika as the issue appears to be caused by damage to the nerve that links the ear with the brain. Zika is known to cause a form of birth defect called microcephaly, meaning having an abnormally…
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US Senators Demand Answers from EpiPen Maker

VOA News A group of 20 senators expressed their continued dissatisfaction with pharmaceutical company Mylan's handling of a price hike for their EpiPen product in a letter to the company's CEO. Having come under fire in recent weeks for unprecedented price hikes of the EpiPen, Mylan has announced coupons and generic versions of the drug. But the group of Democrat senators, which includes Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, remain unconvinced. "Your discount programs, however, represent a well-defined industry tactic to keep costs high through a complex shell game," the senators wrote. They elaborated that the high price of the drug…
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