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BOSTON – Gov. Deval L. Patrick last week awarded nearly $2 million in grants to help train health care providers to improve patient service and reduce costs. The funding will go to 51 organizations across the state, including several in southeastern Massachusetts and one in Rhode Island. more
Hospice, the palliative and holistic care of patients diagnosed by a doctor to be in their last six months of life, has come a long way in Rhode Island since its local start in 1976. more
Seven Rhode Island physicians are among 4,000 doctors and organizations nationwide who received at least $1 million in Medicare reimbursements in 2012, according to an unprecedented and controversial set of data released this week. more
Spending on prescription drugs rose 4 percent last year, as more patients were prescribed specialty medications and took advantage of prescription benefits from their health insurance programs in an improving economy, CVS Caremark Corp. said Thursday in its annual Insights report. more
After a six-month period as acting president, Mark R. Marcantano has officially been named president and chief operating officer of Women & Infants Hospital, Care New England said Wednesday. Marcantano, who has been in leadership roles at the hospital since 2010, began serving as interim president following the retirement in October of Constance A. Howes, who left the hospital after 30 years. more
Medicare paid almost 4,000 doctors and medical providers more than $1 million apiece in 2012, including seven who received more than $10 million. Eye doctors were among the highest compensated, including one Florida ophthalmologist who received $21 million. more
A website dedicated to health care careers and education has named Women & Infants Hospital one of the 30 most environmentally friendly hospitals in the world, based on environmental certifications, recycling efforts, green construction standards and energy-saving programs. more
The Hospital Association of Rhode Island has named Michael Souza acting president following the retirement of longtime leader Edward J. Quinlan. more
Registered nurse and president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals talks about the recent contract negations with L+M Westerly Hospital more
A partnership of health care and media companies has launched an effort to screen 500 residents across the state for diabetes and other health risks over the next three months. more
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