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CUSTOMER SERVICE: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s walk-in center in East Providence. The state’s health insurance exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for coverage in 2019 as of Dec. 10.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

HealthSource RI enrollment ahead of last year’s pace

HealthSource RI is running ahead of last year in enrolling Rhode Islanders for health insurance coverage in 2019.With the deadline approaching on open enrollment,...
ENGAGING STUDENTS: ­Denise Coppa, interim associate dean of graduate programs at the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, teaches a class at the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

URI launches mental health nurse practitioner master’s program

Nationwide, and here in Rhode Island, the health care industry is suffering from a documented shortage of qualified nurse practitioners.Employment in the sector across...
PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Five Questions With Dr. James McDonald

Dr. James McDonald | Medical director, R.I. Department of Health1. What is the science behind medical marijuana? Marijuana plants contain different chemicals that are...
With deep experience in nursing, ranging from being an RN, to earning a Ph.D. in nursing and being the executive director of the Rhode Island State Nurses Association, Pamela L. McCue understands all aspects of the profession and 
its importance to quality health care delivery. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Staying true to the mission defines path to success

Pamela L. McCue | Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College CEOThe demand for registered nurses will continue to grow, but it is not just...
AHEAD OF THE GAME: With enrollments so far ahead of last year’s pace, HealthSource RI is not seeing much effect from the federal government’s removal of the penalty for not having health insurance.

HealthSource’s success positive for R.I.’s health in many ways

In many ways, Rhode Island is an outlier. But in one case, at least, the Ocean State stands out in a way that places...

PT an alternative to opioids

The 16th-century philosopher Francis Bacon once observed that on many occasions, “The remedy is worse than the disease.” And this would seem to be...

Providence VA Medical nurse admits to fraudulently obtaining opioid prescriptions

PROVIDENCE – A Providence VA Medical Center nurse pleaded guilty in federal court on Dec. 7 to charges that he fraudulently obtained and tampered...
AMERICA'S HEALTH RANKINGS Annual Report lists Rhode Island first in the United States for number of primary care physicians and second for health policy. The Ocean State ranked No. 14 in the nation overall. / COURTESY AMERICA'S HEALTH RANKINGS

Report: R.I. first in U.S. for primary care doctor count, adolescent...

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island ranks first in the United States for its number of primary care physicians per 100,000 people in the 29th America’s...
THE JUDGE OVERSEEING the CVS deal to acquire and merge with Aetna is likely to block the deal, potentially delaying it for months, the New York Post reported Thursday. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

New York Post: Judge likely to block CVS-Aetna merger

PROVIDENCE – The judge presiding over the CVS Health Corp. acquisition of Aetna Inc. is likely to block the companies from merging, the New...

HSRI: Health insurance enrollments are ahead of last year so far

PROVIDENCE — Enrollment for health care through Rhode Island’s Affordable Care Act exchange, HealthSource RI, remains ahead of last year’s signups at 11 percent...
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