Lynn Arditi

Healthcare Reporter

Arditi joins RIPR after more than three decades as a reporter, including 28 years at the Providence Journal, where she has covered a variety of beats, most recently health care. A native of New York City, she graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in government and has worked as a staff writer for The Center for Investigative Reporting in Washington, D.C. and as a reporter for the former Holyoke Transcript-Telegram in Massachusetts.

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Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island reported a $1.7 million loss for 2017,  and the insurer's chief executive officer said Friday he is concerned about proposed cuts in the state's Medicaid budget.

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A group of emergency physicians is calling on state officials to expand training for 911 dispatchers to improve survival rates of residents who experience a sudden cardiac arrest outside of a hospital.

In Rhode Island, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrests outside of a hospital is about 10 percent, compared with 50- to 60-percent in states where 911 dispatchers are trained to provide emergency medical instructions.

Before she became a medical journalist and best-selling author, Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal worked in hospital emergency rooms. There she witnessed what she describes as the dysfunctional business America’s health care. According to Dr. Rosenthal, the proposed takeover of Care New England, Rhode Island’s second largest hospital group, by the Massachusetts company, Partners HealthCare, deserves careful scrutiny.

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In Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal's book, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back. She describes the health care system as a dysfunctional market, where the same prescription you’ve had for 20 years can suddenly more than double in price overnight.

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More women than men are enrolling in medical school, but women doctors are still paid significantly less than their male colleagues, according to a new national survey released Wednesday. And the pay gap is growing.

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On the West Side of Providence, streets were mainly quiet as snow fell and wind howled through the trees. Many businesses shut down, and plenty of residents stayed warm and dry indoors. But the sidewalks were scattered with more than a dozen snowblowers and shovelers.

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As of Wednesday morning, National Grid had restored to power to many customers in Rhode Island and the South Coast who lost it during the storm. After a high of more than 27,000 homes and businesses in the dark, the utility reported just 4,439 still lacked power in Rhode Island by 10 a.m.

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Rhode Island has the 15th highest rate of newly diagnosed lung cancer cases in the nation, though the smoking rate is about average, according to a new national study from the American Lung Association.

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Rhode Island’s largest hospital network -- Lifespan -- will now join with Care New England in its negotiations with Boston-based Partners Health Care.

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Rhode Island’s last independent hospital will remain independent for now.

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Rhode Island law enforcement officials announced Thursday a $50,000 grant to Rhode Island's first community center for teenagers recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. 

The Jim Gillen Anchor Youth Recovery Center, in Providence, is named after the late founder of Rhode Island’s first recovery center and a leader in the movement to bring services and compassion to people coping with addiction.

The money is from restitution payments made to the state by a convicted marijuana grower, Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said during a news conference.  

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Governor Gina Raimondo’s senior advisor on drug policy, Tom Coderre, said all options should be on the table to deal with the state’s opioid crisis, including safe injection sites. 

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A new study links a dramatic decline in drug overdose deaths with Rhode Island’s prison treatment program for opioid addiction.

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Larry and Loretta are my neighbor’s cats. And they love their canned cat food. To understand why just read the ingredients on the label. Ocean white fish. Fish broth. Tuna. Those ingredients are actually fish by-products. Fish guts. Fish  livers. Fish intestines. Fish skins. They’re what fish processors like Bergie’s Seafood in call “trash.”


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Patients or their doctors would be able to request that pharmacies partially fill prescriptions for opioids under a bill introduced in the General Assembly aimed at reducing the risk of opioid abuse. 

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