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CVS Health Corp. will pay $795,000 to Massachusetts through a settlement with the Attorney General’s Office, with $500,000 earmarked to address opioid dependence and addiction. more
Rhode Island had the 12th-lowest rate of obesity in the nation last year, according to “The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America,” a report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released Thursday. more
(Upated 9:55 a.m.) The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday announced $1.9 million in funding for Rhode Island to improve access to treatment for opioid-use disorders. more
CVS Health Corp., Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and General Motors Co., the first U.S. automaker to have a female CEO, are among more than two dozen companies that added their names to a White House pledge to study gender pay gaps among their employees. more
On Sept. 23, hundreds of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island employees will provide hands-on support to 13 nonprofit community organizations during BCBSRI’s fifth annual Blue across Rhode Island. more
Nominations are being accepted for the Karen Rosene Montella M.D. Spark Award for Innovation in Women’s Health in RI. The award recognizes an individual or organization providing innovative services, processes or programs that improve the health of women of all ages in Rhode Island. more
For the second consecutive year, UnitedHealthcare recognized WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care for improving service to its Medicare Advantage members. more
Dr. Paul Koch of Koch Eye Associates earned his undergraduate degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat Hospital. more
A new academic partnership between the R.I. Department of Health and the Brown University School of Public Health is designed to build healthy communities and create a center of public health research and innovation in Rhode Island. more
As the health care industry is evolving to respond to changing demands, so, too, are wellness initiatives. A report from the Society for Human Resource Management, “2016 Employee Benefits: Looking Back at 20 Years of Employee Benefits Offerings in the U.S.,” noted that wellness resource information is the most common benefit offered by surveyed employers, but its popularity is declining. Seventy-two percent of them offered that benefit in 2016, down from 2015’s 80 percent, and 61 percent of employers offered wellness programs in 2016, also down from 2015’s 70 percent. more
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