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NEW TECH: Dr. Stephen M. Montaquila, an optometrist at West Bay Eye Associates in Warwick, helped draft a bill regulating the use of vision-test apps, in part to ensure they aren’t used to skirt the healthy requirement for routine eye exams. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Optometrists, vision-test app makers don’t see eye to eye

Local optometrists are arguing for “standard of care” regulation of online vision tests for corrective lens prescription renewals, rules branded protectionist by manufacturers, pitting...
THE AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION'S 2018 State of the Air report notes improved air quality in Rhode Island, with Washington County the worst in the region. / COURTESY ALA

American Lung Association: R.I. air quality improves, Washington County worst in...

PROVIDENCE — Year-round smog (ozone) and soot (particle) air pollution levels have improved state-wide since the last American Lung Association’s Annual Air Quality Report,...
HEALTH INSURANCE COMMISSIONER Marie L. Ganim announced that she has instructed insurers to refile lower rates on group plans renewing in the fourth quarter of 2018 to reflect the recent suspension of the federal health insurance tax. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

OHIC reducing small-business rates for suspended health insurance tax in Q4

Correction: A previous version of this story mischaracterized estimated savings for businesses due to the suspension of a federal health insurance tax that had...
THE CHARTERCARE FOUNDATION granted more than $13,000 to WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care for new dental equipment at its Pascoag office in Burrillville. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HEALTH CENTER ASSOCIATION

CharterCARE Foundation grants WellOne $13K for new dental equipment

BURRILLVILLE – The CharterCARE Foundation has awarded $13,683.13 to WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care’s Pediatric Dental Program for new equipment in the dental-treatment...
DAVID CAPRIO is the CEO of Children’s Friend. / COURTESY CHILDREN’S FRIEND

Five Questions With: David Caprio

On April 10, David Caprio, CEO of Children’s Friend, testified before the R.I. House Finance Committee advocating for more funding to the R.I. Department...
HEALTHSOURCE RI for Employers, the small-business insurance marketplace, is offering a monthly series of webinars to help health insurance brokers navigate the health care system.

HealthSource RI offers webinars to guide health insurance brokers

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI for Employers, the small-business insurance marketplace for businesses with two to 50 employees, credits its strong relationship with the health...
HOSPITAL LEADERS recently testified in opposition to proposed state cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Hospital leaders testify against cutting state match to Medicaid funds

PROVIDENCE – On Thursday, hospital leaders from throughout the state testified at the House Committee on Finance’s Human Services Subcommittee hearing on the Executive...
DR. ERIKA F. WERNER is the new associate editor of the American Journal of Perinatology. / COURTESY WOMEN & INFANTS HOSPITAL

Werner named associate editor of American Journal of Perinatology

PROVIDENCE – Dr. Erika F. Werner, interim director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Women &...
DR. MASCHA van 't Wout-Frank, left, and Dr. Noah S. Philip at the VA Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology located at the Providence VA Medical Center in Providence. The pair are leading a team of physicians and scientists from CFNN and Brown University investigating whether a small amount of electricity can improve post traumatic stress symptoms and improve quality of life when used to augment virtual reality therapy. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE VA MEDICAL CENTER/KIMBERLY DIDONATO

First study of hybrid low-current stimulation virtual reality PTSD treatment seeks...

PROVIDENCE — Scientists and physicians at the Providence VA Medical Center and Brown University are investigating whether small amounts of electricity applied to the...
INSIDE KNOWLEDGE: Members of the first panel at the 2018 Spring Providence Business News Health Care ­Summit April 6 at the Providence Marriott Downtown: from left, Dr. Gus Manocchia of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England; Dr. Claire Levesque, board-certified neurologist and chief medical officer for commercial products at Tufts Health Plan; and Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO of CareLink and the PACE Organization of Rhode Island.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Health Care Summit: System needs more primary care doctors, cost control

Two themes led much of the discussion during the first of two panels at Providence Business News’ 2018 Spring Health Care Summit: primary care...
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