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James E. Purcell


Directors MIA on employee well-being

CEOs come and go, but boards of directors remain. Boards set strategic objectives and hold CEOs accountable for achieving them. They are the glue...

Forget obesity, smoking: Stress top workplace threat

Most of today’s workplace-wellness programs focus on weight loss and smoking cessation. While these two conditions eventually can cause serious health issues, are they...

The insurer, provider disconnect

I believe there to be a fundamental disconnect between typical health insurers’ provider reimbursement strategies and the long-term good of our health care delivery...

California’s ‘modest’ proposal for single-payer system may be worth trying

This past spring California’s Senate proposed a single-payer health care financing system. Gov. Jerry Brown was immediately skeptical. “This is called ‘ignotum per ignotius.’ In...

The body, mind and spirit triangle

When I chaired the Greater Providence YMCA board, I learned some of the Y's history. Of particular note was Dr. Luther Gulick, who in...

Health care’s Cyber Monday

It has happened. For the first time, consumers are purchasing more online than in stores. Even Black Friday 2016, with its emphasis on traditional...

The rest of the cost story

There were two panels of six each at the Providence Business News Health Care Reform Summit, held at the Crowne Plaza Providence Warwick on...

ADR way to settle disputes outside courtroom

Although all industries and individuals have benefitted greatly from the availability of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), perhaps no industry has benefited more than the...

Behavioral health parity<br> helps patients, saves costs

There is considerable discussion these days about the factors that drive up health care costs. But there is one factor that contributes only modestly,...

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