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UnitedHealthcare alters oral-health policies in response to opioid epidemic

PROVIDENCE – About 5 million Americans will have their wisdom teeth removed this year, with 70 percent prescribed opioid pain medication, and UnitedHealthcare has...

Five Questions With: Dr. Rishi Lulla

Hasbro Children’s Hospital recently named Dr. Rishi Lulla as its new chief of pediatric hematology and oncology. Lulla spent years as an attending physician in...

N.E. Medical Innovation Center expands to new Providence site

PROVIDENCE – It’s only been a few months since the New England Medical Innovation Center opened its Chestnut Street location, but it’s moving down...

RI Bio names new board of directors member, board chair emeritus

PROVIDENCE – Life sciences industry group RI Bio has named a new member to its board of directors as well as a new board...

URI College of Nursing names new associate dean of graduate programs

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Katherine Hutchinson will join the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing as associate dean of graduate programs and research this...
HASBRO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL leadership receives a $103,066 donation from Spirit Halloween representatives on Jan. 22. The funds, raised through the retailer’s "Spirit of Children" program, will benefit the hospital’s Child Life program. / COURTESY HASBRO CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

Hasbro Children’s Hospital receives $103K from Spirit Halloween

PROVIDENCE – Hasbro Children’s Hospital was the beneficiary of a $103,066 donation from seasonal Halloween retailer Spirit Halloween, which the hospital received Jan. 22...
FIRST STEP: Rhode Island Business Group on Health Executive Director Al Charbonneau says a federal rule requiring hospitals to post pricing data online is the first of many steps to price transparency. Next to Charbonneau is Hospital Association of Rhode Island President Teresa Paiva Weed.
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New CMS rule requires hospitals to post pricing data online

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires hospitals’ pricing data to be posted to their websites, billed as the first step toward a...
ASSESSMENT FEE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed a fiscal 2020 budget that includes a Medicaid Employer Assessment Fee, which if approved would annually charge companies that employ 300 or more workers as much as a $1,500 penalty per employee who was not offered health insurance but then qualified for state-supported Medicaid.
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Raimondo proposes new fee to ensure employers offer health insurance

A powerful disincentive for not offering employees health care insurance is included in the proposed 2020 budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo. If a...
HELPING HAND: Customer-service representative Ramon Chevas German, right, assists a client with health insurance at a HealthSource RI center in East ­Providence.
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Raimondo budget supports reinsurance program

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s budget includes proposals she says are intended to keep health insurance affordable for thousands of Rhode Islanders, in response to...

Goldberg receives lifetime achievement honor from Rhode Island Hospital

DR. RICHARD J. GOLDBERG, former senior vice president for psychiatry and behavioral health for Lifespan Corp., recently received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rhode...
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