HSPP Faculty In the News
Professor Theresa Shireman, a health services researcher who specializes in pharmacoepidemiology and health economic evaluations, discussed the Aetna-CVS merger in an appearance on A Lively Experiment on WSBE-PBS, airing December 8, 2017. The segment also aired on YouTube.
(Distributed December 7, 2017)
Vince Mor discusses the impact to nursing homes if Medicaid is cut in an article on NPR.com, Why Huge Quality Gaps Among Nursing Homes Are Likely To Grow If Medicaid Is Cut. "It's very likely that if Medicaid payment rates freeze or decline, there would be adverse effects," Mor says.
(Distributed October 12, 2017)
Professor Mor is also the principal investigator on a $3.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to conduct a randomized trial of whether a nursing home program that involves listening to a personalized music playlist can improve care and outcomes among residents with dementia.
“While MUSIC & MEMORY has been introduced to many residents with dementia living in nursing homes over the past few years, there is little systematic data on how the program is implemented nor on how it affects the behavior of the population of nursing home residents with dementia,” said Vincent Mor, professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown’s School of Public Health and principal investigator on the grant of up to $3.7 million over five years. “Our study will remedy this by systematically documenting how well the program is able to positively affect the lives of people who are exposed.
(Distributed September 22, 2017)
2017 HSR Program Orientation Day
Incoming HSR Doctoral Program Students: (L to R) Elliot Bosco, Shekinah Fashaw and Kevin Nguyen
Incoming HSR Doctoral Program Students: (L to R) Elliot Bosco, Shekinah Fashaw and Kevin Nguyen
(Distributed August 31, 2017)
2017 ISPE Annual Meeting & Expo
(Distributed September 1, 2017)
HSPP faculty in the news
Eric Jutkowitz is the lead author on a paper published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society which introduces a new simulation of the dementia epidemic estimating the economic impact the disease has on households and public insurance programs and provides a tool for projecting the impact that different interventions could have. Read more
(Distributed August 22, 2017)
Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH is the lead author on a study that tested if high-doses of flu vaccine could reduce flu-related hospitalizations among vulnerable seniors. In addition to Gravenstein, the paper’s other authors are Pedro Gozalo, Vincent Mor and Jessica Ogarek of Brown; Monica Taljaard of the University of Ottawa; and H. Edward Davidson and Lisa Han of Insight Therapeutics.
“It still needed to be established that it would help even the frailest folks, like those who reside in nursing homes,” Gravenstein said. “In our study, a quarter of the sample was over 90. So we asked if the high-dose vaccine also would work better than regular-dose vaccine in the population we consider least able to respond. This paper says yes, it can.”
(Distributed July 21, 2017)
Susan Miller is the lead author of a new study in the July issue of Health Affairs finding that a U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (V.A.) initiative to improve care at the end of life led to a substantial increase in the use of hospice among U.S. veterans. The V.A. contracted with lead author Miller, a professor of health services, policy and practice in the Brown University School of Public Health, to study the effect of the department’s four-year Comprehensive End-of-Life Care (CELC) initiative.
(Distributed July 5, 2017)
(Distributed July 5, 2017)
Bess Marcus named new Dean of Public Health
A former member of the Brown community from 1991 to 2011, Bess Marcus is enthusiastic to return in the new role of Dean of the School of Public Health. During her time at the University of California, San Diego she served as Chair of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and then as Senior Associate Dean for Public Health. The School extends a warm welcome to Bess in anticipation of her arrival in November to assume the Deanship in Public Health. Read more
(Distributed June 29, 2017)
HSPP faculty in the news
(Distributed June 13, 2017)
HIV patients sticking with therapy longer, Medicaid data show
A large study based on Medicaid data identifies a clear trend of people staying on their HIV medications longer than they used to. “This represents a lot of people who are not dying and not infecting others,” said Dr. Ira Wilson, corresponding author of the new study in AIDS and chair of the department of Health Services Policy and Practice. “These differences represent tremendous, very real benefit.” READ MORE
(Distributed May 26, 2017)
Linda Resnik has been awarded the Paul B. Magnuson Award for her work with Veterans who have experienced upper-limb loss.
The Magnuson Award is the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D) service's highest honor — it is given to acknowledge entrepreneurship, humanitarianism, and dedication in service to Veterans. Read more
(Distributed May 1, 2017)
Public Health Marches for Science
Public Health scientists from the School of Public Health participated in the March for Science in Washington, D. C. and at the Rhode Island State House on April 22 to advocate for publicly funded scientific research and evidence-based policies. The March for Science Rhode Island was part of a nation-wide effort to promote science-based policies that improve lives and strengthen society and to advocate for funding of science. Read more
(Distributed April 25, 2017)
Kali Thomas' work with Meals on Wheels featured in Gerontology News
Kali Thomas' work showing that states with larger home delivered meals programs had the lowest level of low-care nursing home residents provides evidence to states that they can save millions in unnecessary nursing home care. See the full article on page four of Gerontology News.
(Distributed April 17, 2017)
Omar Galárraga leads study projecting that expanding a program in Kenya that fights the spread of HIV by curbing alcohol consumption could produce a net economic benefit
Public health research shows that alcohol may be a factor in more than 13 percent of deaths due to infectious diseases, including HIV. Drinking undermines the fight against the virus in two main ways, researchers have found: it makes transmission through risky sex more likely and undermines health by relaxing the rigor with which infected people take virus-suppressing medicine. READ MORE
(Distributed April 5, 2017)
Andrew Zullo's dissertation work selected for oral podium presentation at the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology London meeting
The International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE) selected Andrew Zullo’s abstract 0033 “The Effect of Dipeptidyl Peptidase-4 Inhibitors versus Sulfonylureas on Cognition and Physical Functioning in Frail Older Nursing Home Residents” for oral presentation at the ISPE Mid-Year Meeting in London, UK in April of 2017. The theme of this year's meeting is Embracing the Future: Ensuring Opportunities Become Reality. Additionally, Andrew was awarded a travel scholarship to attend the meeting.
(Distributed January 30, 2017)
Issa Dahabreh leads study to compare alternative meta-analysis methods for sensitivity and specificity.
Issa Dahabreh recently led a study to compare statistical methods for meta-analyses of sensitivity and specificity of medical tests. Read more in the Association of School & Programs of Public Health's (ASPPH) newsletter, which is distributed to all schools and programs of public health in the US and Canada.
(Distributed January 27, 2017)
OVPR grants Orestis Panagiotou a Seed Award
The Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded Orestis Panagiotou a 2017 Seed Award for his proposal “Leveraging heterogeneity across screening centers in the National Lung Screening Trial to inform screening policies.” The Seed Awards are competitively awarded and help faculty more successfully advance competitive research proposals by supporting the generation of preliminary data, pursuing new directions or collaborations in research, and other endeavors.
(Distributed January 27, 2017)
American College of Cardiology, the AGS and NIA name Andrew Zullo Travel Award recipient for the 2017 ACC/AGS/NIA Pharmacotherapy in Older Adults Workshop
Andrew Zullo was named a Travel Award winner by the Planning Committee for the ACC/AGS/NIA Pharmacotherapy in Older Adults Workshop, taking place in Washington, DC on February 9th and 10th.
The workshop, the first of 3 workshops co-sponsored by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), American Geriatrics Society (AGS), and National Institute on Aging (NIA), will focus on Multimorbidity in Older Adults with Cardiovascular Disease. The primary short-term objectives for this workshop are to engage key stakeholders to identify important research gaps that need to be addressed in order to optimize care for older adults with CVD in the context of multiple chronic condition (MCC), and to formulate multidisciplinary research strategies that will ultimately lead to improved patient-centered care of these complex patients.
As an invited Travel Award winner, Andrew will participate in a special post-conference workshop on Tuesday afternoon specifically developed for the Travel Award winners.
(Distributed January 18, 2017)
Megan Cole publishes Health Affairs article
Megan Cole, doctoral candidate in Health Services Research, published an article in Health Affairs this week demonstrating the ACA's Medicaid expansions improved coverage and quality of care for patients seen in community health centers. The paper is particularly timely and relevant given the current discussions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. Megan's study shows that repealing the Medicaid expansion could have particularly adverse consequences for the predominantly low-income patients who receive care in health centers.
(Distributed January 12, 2017)
Linda Resnik heads $2.5-million research of veterans who lost hands or arms in Iraq and Afghanistan
A national team led by Linda Resnik is leading a national study of the needs of veterans with traumatic upper-limb amputations – the most common of which is loss below the elbow, typically suffered in combat.
(Distributed January 11, 2017)
Theresa Shireman finds child asthma emergency visits drop after indoor smoking bans
Theresa Shireman is co-author of a new study which helps to answer the burning question of whether recently enacted indoor smoking bans in public areas have improved health. The research finds the bans are associated with a 17 percent overall reduction in the number of children visiting emergency departments with asthma complaints.
(Distributed January 5, 2017)
Research Funding and a Trump Agenda
Anxiety over what a Trump administration will mean for public health and the funding that drives its research is one that's shared by many at Brown, from top administrators and department heads to professors, some of whom are speaking out on blogs posted on the university's website. "There are a lot of things we don't know about Trump's agenda,'' Dr. Ira B. Wilson, Brown University School of Public Health's chairman of health services, policy and practice, said.
Read more of Providence Journal health reporter Lynn Arditi’s story here.
(Distributed January 1, 2017)
Shaun Forbes Receives Lee B. Lusted Prize at 2016 Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) Conference
Congratulations to Shaun Forbes, 2nd year HSR PhD student, for receiving one of two highly competitive Lee B. Lusted Student Prizes in quantitative methods at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM) in Vancouver, Canada. Shaun was recognized for his work in evidence synthesis for diagnostic tests with partially ordered performance and no reference standard. Shaun’s work represents a collaboration among Brown, Boston Medical Center, and Harvard and was supported through funds from the Prevention Modeling Lab at Harvard.
Linda Resnik Awarded DoD Contract for Amputation Care Study
The Department of Defense has awarded a three-year contract to research scientist Linda Resnik to study the care of Veterans and service members with upper-limb amputations.
Resnik, whose research activities bridge the methodologies of rehabilitation and health services research, said "This study will be the largest, most comprehensive study of Veterans and service members with upper-limb amputation. Findings will be used to improve quality of care, and inform evidence-based policies for device prescription and provision of rehabilitation services." Read more here.
(Distributed September 29, 2016)
Vince Mor selected as the Gerontology Society of America 2016 Robert W. Kleemeier Award Recipient
The Gerontology Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Vincent Mor, PhD, of Brown University as the 2016 recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award.
This distinguished honor is given annually to a GSA member in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology. It was established in 1965 in memory of Robert W. Kleemeier, PhD, a former president of the Society whose contributions to the quality of life through research in aging were exemplary.
The award presentation will take place at GSA’s 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 16 to 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit www.geron.org/2016 for further details.
Kali Thomas to Receive The Gerontology Society of America's (GSA) 2016 Caroll L. Estes Rising Star Award
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Kali Thomas, PhD, MA, as the 2016 recipient of the Carroll L. Estes Rising Star Award.
This distinguished honor is given annually by GSA’s Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section (SRPP) to one of its members in acknowledgment of outstanding early career contributions in social research, policy, and practice. It was established in 2009 and honors Carroll L. Estes, PhD, a distinguished gerontological researcher, a tireless advocate for older persons, a former SRPP section chair, and a former GSA president.
The award presentation will take place at GSA’s 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 16 to 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Read full article here.
(Distributed September 8, 2016)
Vince Mor named 2016 recipient of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (ACHA/NCAL) Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award Recipient
Internationally recognized as a top researcher, Vince Mor has been working for decades studying how the delivery of health care affects the well-being of frail and chronically older adults, particularly in skilled nursing centers. He helped to create the nursing center Minimum Data Set (MDS) resident assessment tool and has developed MDS-based quality measures that enable providers and policymakers to evaluate quality improvement initiatives nationwide. He conducted some of the first research on national rehospitalization rates in skilled nursing facilities that helped shape AHCA’s quality initiative.
“Vince’s passion for research has produced innovative care strategies that are delivering positive outcomes for many of our patients and residents,” said Mary Ousley, AHCA Quality Cabinet CoChair and namesake of the award. “His collaborative efforts have transformed technical, scientific data into important real-life quality improvement resources that have proven essential for our profession by giving us the tools to examine state and federal policies in the clinical assessments of long term care residents.”
Currently, Dr. Mor is Director of AHCA's independent research center at Brown University, the Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation Center, which partners with providers and other innovators to test and disseminate interventions to improve post-acute and long-term care. He is also a Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice.
AHCA presents the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award to an individual or organization that has made a significant national contribution to advancing quality performance in the long term care field. Recipients must consistently advocate for quality approaches, while demonstrating the ability to educate and advocate for a systems approach to quality improvement. Recipients also display leadership in the development, promotion, and implementation of quality improvement initiatives that improve the quality of care and quality of life for individuals in need of long-term care.
In 2011, the Friend of Quality Award was renamed the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award to honor the ongoing legacy and commitment to quality care demonstrated by its namesake, Mary Ousley, a licensed nursing home administrator and nurse who has dedicated her life to quality improvement programs in long-term care.
(Distributed July 29, 2016)
HSR Doctoral Student Andrew Zullo named Scientist-in-Training
PhD student Andrew Zullo was awarded the 2016 American Geriatrics Society Scientist-in-Training Research Award by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Board of Directors and the 2016 Research and Program Committees in recognition of his excellent work toward improving the quality of health care for older people. This award is presented to a pre-doctoral candidate submitting the most outstanding abstract for the 2016 AGS Annual Meeting and who demonstrates evidence of an early but promising career path in gerontological research. AGS President Ellen Flaherty presented Andrew with this award during the 2016 AGS Annual Meeting in May, 2016.
(Distributed August 2, 2016)
AcademyHealth's 2016 Annual Research Meeting (ARM)
For over 30 years, AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting (ARM) has been the premier forum for health services research, where attendees gather to discuss the health policy and health system implications of research findings, sharpen research methods, and network with colleagues from around the world. The 2016 ARM is expected to be the largest meeting ever, with over 2,500 attendees.
The department of Health Services, Policy and Practice is well represented at the 2016 ARM with over 20 faculty and students delivering podium and poster presentations. See presentation schedules here.
(Distributed June 16, 2016)
The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) honors Linda Resnik
Linda Resnik is a physical therapist, Professor (Research) in the Department of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University and Research Career Scientist at the Providence VA Medical Center. On June 9 she will receive the Catherine Worthingham Fellow Award (FAPTA) from the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) at NEXT 2016, APTA’s Annual Conference and Exposition, in Nashville, TN.
The Catherine Worthingham Fellow designation honors individuals whose contributions to the profession through leadership, influence, and achievements demonstrate frequent and sustained efforts to advance the physical therapy profession.
More information about the Catherine Worthingham Fellowship award is available here.
(Distributed June 9, 2016)
Susan Miller receives American Public Health Association 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
Susan Miller is the 2016 recipient of The American Public Health Association's Aging and Public Health Section's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award is sponsored by the Aging and Public Health Section to honor an outstanding individual who has made a significant contribution to public service, scholarship, or science in the areas of geriatrics and gerontology. Professor Miller and her accomplishments will be recognized at the APHA meeting in Denver, Colorado this fall.
Professor Miller is the 16th recipient of this honor, which the Section instituted in 2001. Over the course of her career, Professor Miller has made significant contributions to the field of public health law through research, teaching and mentoring, practice, and advocacy. Trained in gerontology and epidemiology, she focuses her research on nursing home end-of-life care and long-term care (LTC) quality and utilization.
Miller received her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from Golden Gate University.
Read more about Susan Miller and her work.
(Distributed May, 27, 2016)
Maricruz Rivera-Hernandez, lead author of new study in JAMA Internal Medicine
Maricruz Rivera-Hernandez, an investigator in the Health Services, Policy and Practice Department, finds substantial disparities in health care quality experienced by Hispanic Puerto Rican residents in Medicare Advantage plan. "The combination of strained economic circumstances and reduced health care funding may have deleterious effects on the quality of care in Puerto Rico and undermine the federal goal of promoting equity in health care delivery in the Medicare program." The results were published online on April 25, 2016.
(Distributed May 17, 2016)
Congratulations to Marissa Meucci,PhD Candidate in Health Services Research
Marissa Meucci, PhD candidate in Health Services Research, recently successfully defended her dissertation, titled "The Effectiveness of Home Health Services and Modifications for Older Adults." Marissa is shown pictured above with her dissertation chair and academic advisor Susan Allen (R) and her dissertation committee members (L to R) Pedro Gozalo and David Dosa.
(Distributed May 11, 2016)
HSR Student Ben Silver Named Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow
PhD student Ben Silver was named one of four Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows and will teach at Wheaton College in 2016-17, through the Graduate School's partnership with Wheaton. As Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellows, the doctoral students will exercise the teaching skills modeled and cultivated at Brown University while experiencing faculty life at a liberal arts college. Read more here.
(Distributed April 13, 2016)
PhD Student Megan Cole selected as a 2016 delegate to the CDC's Millenial Health Leaders Summit
PhD Student Megan Cole was selected as a delegate to the CDC's 2016 Millenial Health Leaders Summit, held March 31 - April 1, 2016 at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Headquarters in Atlanta, GA.
The Millennial Health Leaders Summit is a two –day intensive training for graduate and medical students on vital health equity topics. Through plenaries, workshops and case studies students explore key components of health equity practice with experts in the field as they prepare for future careers as health equity leaders.
(Distributed April 5, 2016)
Ira Wilson's Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid reforms projected to save $100M+ per year
In February, 2015, the Governor signed an executive order creating the Working Group to Reinvent Medicaid, co-chaired by HSPP Department Chair Ira Wilson. These reforms are on track to achieve $100M+ in sustainable savings and bend the healthcare cost curve with a focus on better care – all without cutting eligibility or reducing benefits, according to Medicaid Director Anya Rader Wallack.
(Distributed February 26, 2016)
Congratulations to Doctoral Candidate Cara Sammartino, Department Chair of Health Sciences at Johnson and Wales, Providence
On January 28, 2016, doctoral candidate Cara Sammartino successfully presented her dissertation defense entitled: "Patterns of Care and Outcomes for Transitional Populations with HIV." Cara, an assistant professor of health sciences at Johnson and Wales University, will serve as the inaugural chair of the Department of Health Sciences in the newly established College of Health and Wellness at Johnson and Wales, Providence.
(Distributed January 28, 2016)
Kali Thomas, lead author of study showing that home-delivered meals reduce loneliness
Kali Thomas, a former Meals on Wheels volunteer, has now led a randomized controlled trial showing that meal deliveries combat loneliness among seniors.
“This continues to build the body of evidence that home-delivered meals provide more than nutrition and food security,” said study lead author Kali Thomas, assistant professor (research) of health services, policy and practice in the Brown University School of Public Health and a researcher at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
The results appear online in the Journals of Gerontology: Series B.
(Distributed December 7, 2015)
Members of the National Academy of Medicine have elected Brown University Professor Vincent Mor to join their ranks.
"Membership in the NAM is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements and commitment to service,” according to the academy, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine. “Current active members elect new members from among candidates nominated for their accomplishments and contributions to the advancement of the medical sciences, health care, and public health."
Mor, the Florence Pierce Grant University Professor in the Brown University School of Public Health, has worked for decades to study how the delivery of health care affects the well-being of frail and chronically ill people, particularly the elderly.
(Distributed October 19, 2015)
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Momotazur Rahman, assistant professor of health services, policy and practice, discussed the findings of a recent study he authored that examined the rates at which participants switched from Medicare Advantage and traditional Medicare. "The law was enacted to reduce adverse selection of plans. Our results show that as patients become more risky for the plans, they become more likely to see a need to leave the plans," Rahman said.
HSRPhD student Jessica Roydhouse is one of four recipients of JKTG Dissertation Support Grant
PhD student Jessica Roydhouse has received one of four Dissertation Support Grants awarded by the Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis Foundation. The grant supports the research of this PhD student in Health Services Research, which focuses on improving patient-reported outcome measures in cancer care.
Amal Trivedi, associate professor of health services, policy and practice and corresponding author of a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs finds that waiving Medicare’s three-day rule lessens hospital stays. “Requiring patients to stay in the hospital for three days before they can be transferred to a skilled nursing facility may unnecessarily lengthen hospital stays, leading to more spending, but also subject patients to unnecessary complications arising from hospital care.”
(Distributed August 3, 2015)
A group tasked by the governor to "reinvent" the state's Medicaid systems and co-chaired by health services, policy and practice department chair Ira Wilson, has released the second of two reports, including a four-year plan with long-term goals aimed at improving the state's publicly funded health care system. See full Providence Business News article.
(Distributed July 9, 2015)
On Wednesday, July 8, 2015, Doctoral candidate Laura Keohane successfully presented her dissertation defense entitled: "The Impact of Medicare Hospitalizations & Deductions on Medicaid Enrollment."
(Distributed July 9, 2015)
A new study of the out-of-pocket costs seniors face for a long hospital stay followed by skilled nursing care found that Medicare Advantage plan holders, even if they had incomes just above the poverty level, typically had copays hundreds of dollars greater than the hospital deductible under traditional Medicare. The findings follow federal efforts to limit out-of-pocket costs in Medicare Advantage plans.
"Policymakers are very concerned about how much Medicare beneficiaries need to spend for essential medical services," said Dr. Amal Trivedi, associate professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown University and corresponding author of a new study in the June issue of the journal Health Affairs. "It's one of the goals of insurance — to protect people from large, catastrophic out-of-pocket expenses."
(Distributed June 9, 2015)
Vincent Mor, PhD, discusses progress of the PROVEN Demonstration Project at the April 2015 NIH Steering Committee Meeting
(Distributed May 21, 2015)
Pedro Gozalo, Ph.D. leads internationally renowned palliative care research team in large new study in the New England Journal of Medicine
The team, which included Vince Mor, Susan Miller and Joan Teno examined the impact of growth in Medicare's hospice benefit among nursing home residents between 2003 and 2009.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. —With a new grant of more than $1.7 million from the National Institute on Aging, Susan Miller, professor (research) of health services, policy and practice, will lead an effort to gather the definitive evidence needed by policymakers, regulators, industry, and patients and their advocates. Read more
(Distributed May 16, 2015)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Kali Thomas, assistant professor (research) of health services, policy, and practice, has shown that meal deliveries can help seniors stay in their homes and save some states money, but in a new report she documents that the service also provides psychological and health benefits, particularly for seniors who live alone.
Meals on Wheels America asked Thomas to conduct a study, with funding from AARP.
(Distributed March 2, 2015)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Governor Gina M. Raimondo today appointed a diverse group of health care professionals, patient advocates, businesspeople and other policy leaders to address the structural challenges facing Rhode Island's Medicaid system. Read more