Health Services

Thundermist’s Durigan receives national recognition for leadership

PROVIDENCE – The National Association of Community Health Centers recognized Christopher Durigan, director of clinical pharmacy at Thundermist Health Center, as an emerging leader...

R.I. Department of Health begins new opioid awareness campaign

PROVIDENCE – Last week the R.I. Department of Health launched Over the Dose RI, an educational campaign to reduce the misuse and abuse of...

University Orthopedics 5K June 22 to benefit Make-A-Wish

EAST PROVIDENCE – University Orthopedics is launching its inaugural 5K, which will start at the company’s Kettle Point Avenue building June 22, benefiting Make-A-Wish...
HASBRO CHILDREN'S Hospital has announced a new alliance to coordinate some types of specialized care with Boston Children's Hospital. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITAL

Hasbro, Boston Children’s hospitals announce alliance

PROVIDENCE – An alliance between the region’s top children’s hospitals has been formed, aiming at improving treatment for kids diagnosed with complex conditions or...
RECENT IMPROVEMENTS: HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman speaks with Robin Dionne, HSRI chief public affairs officer. Sherman said recent improvements to the HSRI for Employers program include technology advances that have allowed HSRI to connect employers with ancillary products to supplement health and dental plans.
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HSRI: Stable but will it ever cover costs?

Soon after the state established HealthSource RI in 2014, it was recognized as one of the nation’s most successful health-benefits exchanges in meeting enrollment...

Public in the middle on merger dispute

Updated at 9:41 a.m., April 12The state hasn’t even begun its formal review of the proposed merger between Care New England Health System and...
PROPOSED CHANGES: Panelists at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit discuss efforts of President Donald Trump’s administration to undermine or replace the Affordable Care Act, as well as Trump’s proposed changes in regulations for accountable care organizations and the cost of prescription drugs. From left: Dr. Marylou Buyse, chief medical officer of Neighborhood Health Plan of R.I.; Dr. James E. Fanale, CEO of Care New England; Chris Ferraro, chief financial officer at Coastal Medical; Marie L. Ganim, R.I. health insurance commissioner; Stephen Kogut, professor of pharmacy practice at URI; and Zachary W. Sherman, director of HealthSource RI.
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Undermining of ACA could reverse R.I. gains

If repeated attempts by President Donald Trump’s administration to undermine or replace the Affordable Care Act aren’t thwarted, consequences in Rhode Island could be...
Shannon Shallcross co-founded BetaXAnalytics to use the power of data to improve the cost, transparency and quality of health care after serving as an executive in the insurance and health care industries for more than a decade, advising a range of Fortune 500 companies. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Great leaders see the best in people

Shannon Shallcross | BetaXAnalytics LLC co-founder and CEOThe most valuable lesson I’ve learned in my career is this: The greatest leaders see the best...

Health care answers slow in coming

Since many employers pay for health care for their workers, the ever-increasing costs of that fringe benefit are putting the squeeze on and have...
LISTEN AND LEARN: Participants during the first of two discussion panels at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit at the Providence Marriott talk about how the state’s health care and insurance systems must listen to and understand the whole person they purport to serve. From left: Marc Backon, president of Tufts Health Plan’s commercial division; Stephen Farrell, UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO; Dr. John Murphy, executive vice president of physician affairs at Lifespan; James E. Purcell, former CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and founder of the Returns on Wellbeing Institute; Shannon Shallcross, co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics; and Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.
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Panel: Many health, insurance services out of touch with user

To work better, the state’s health care and insurance systems must ramp up one critical skill: listening to and understanding the whole person they...
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