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WALGREENS IS REPORTEDLY in talks to take over AmerisourceBergen Corp. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

Amazon threat looms as Walgreens surveys health care landscape

NEW YORK - The remaking of the U.S. health care industry is gaining speed, and some of the industry’s biggest players are racing to make...
RHODE ISLAND RANKED NO. 41 in the nation in the Gallop-Sharecare Well-Being rankings. / COURESY GALLOP-SHARECARE

Report: R.I. remains in bottom 10 in U.S. well-being rankings

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 41 in the United States in the 2017 State of Well-Being Rankings released by Gallop and Sharecare Inc....
CALIFORNIA HEALTH INSURANCE Commissioner Dave Jones has announced an investigation into Aetna’s medical claim review practices following a CNN report of a deposition by Dr. Jay Ken Iinuma, former medical director for Aetna for Southern California, in which Iinuma says he never reviewed medical records while deciding to approve or deny medical claims. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

California health insurance commissioner to investigate Aetna’s medical claim review practices

WOONSOCKET – As CVS Health and Aetna continue planning for a proposed $69 billion merger, California Health Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones has announced an...
CVS HEALTH HAS announced it will share $425 million in tax savings with its employees through wage increases, health and family leave benefits. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

CVS Health: Federal tax overhaul prompts wage, benefit increases for employees

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health has announced three employee wage and benefit improvement programs totaling $425 million annually to share with employees tax savings created...
DR. RUSSELL E. WHITE, a cardiothoracic surgeon from University Surgical Associates, received a $500,000 L’Chaim Prize honoring his work as chief of surgery at Tenwek Mission Hospital in Kenya. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

Five Questions With: Dr. Russell E. White

Dr. Russell E. White, cardiothoracic surgeon from University Surgical Associates, recently received a $500,000 L’Chaim Prize honoring his work as chief of surgery at...
THE PROPOSED MERGER between CVS Health and Aetna overvalues Aetna stock by about $9 billion, according to the market. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS-Aetna merger values Aetna $9B above market

WOOSNSOCKET – With separate CVS Health and Aetna shareholders’ votes scheduled for March 13 in New York City, the companies’ proposed merger offer of...
FORMER STATE SENATOR John J. Tassoni Jr. will coordinate high-priority strategic planning at The Substance Use and Mental Health Leadership Council of Rhode Island. / COURTESY SENTINEL GROUP

Tassoni takes on planning role on Substance Use and Mental Health...

WARWICK – Former State Senator John J. Tassoni Jr. has been appointed the new director of operations, community and government relations for the Substance...
HOUSE SPEAKER Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, has introduced legislation that would give patients the option of only partially filling their prescription for painkillers in an effort to reduce addiction in the Ocean State. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Mattiello bill would allow patients to partially fill painkiller prescriptions

PROVIDENCE – Speaker of the House Nicholas A. Mattiello, D-Cranston, has introduced legislation that would give patients the option of only partially filling their...
HOSPITALIZATION RATES for flu have reached record levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, increasing at the highest rate since the 2014-2015 season. / BLOOMBERG

Historic flu season drives sales across the health care industry

NEW YORK - A historically bad flu season has sent Americans to the doctor in droves - and given a boost to companies across the...

R.I.’s first plasma-collection center opens in Warwick

WARWICK – CSL Plasma Center became the state’s first plasma-donation center when it opened at 1775 Bald Hill Road on Feb. 6, WJAR-TV NBC...
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