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TREADING ALONG: CVS Health Corp. employee Diana Balavender works out on a treadmill at one of the company’s on-site fitness centers. 
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Taking care of employees allows CVS to best serve customers

PBN Healthiest Employers Awards 2022 5,000+ EMPLOYEES 1. CVS Health Corp. CEO (or equivalent): Karen S. Lynch, CEO and president Number of employees: 325,000 As a diversified health services...

Health insurers seek rate increases for all individual, group plans in...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s largest health insurance companies are seeking rate increases for 2022 that range from 2.9% to 17.5% for the small- and...
NEXT CHALLENGE: Panelists discuss the region’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine during the PBN Health Care Summit on April 8. Clockwise from top left is Dr. Karen Tashima, who directs clinical trials for Life­span Corp.; Dr. Kirsten Anderson, from Aetna/CVS Health; moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello; Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University; Christopher Palmieri, CEO and president of Commonwealth Care Alliance; and Peter Marino, CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.

‘Hesitancy’ will be next snag with vaccinations

Rhode Island will soon hit a tipping point in COVID-19 vaccinations – a point at which there will be more vaccine available than the...

OHIC approves 2021 health insurance rates; AG Neronha slams rate increases

CRANSTON – The R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner released its approved health insurance premium rates for 2021 Friday, saying it has saved...
INCREASED ENROLLMENT: Aaliyah Perez is a customer service representative at HealthSource RI’s Walk-in Center in East Providence. The state’s health exchange had enrolled 31,771 people for health care insurance as of Dec. 10, 11 percent higher than on the same date in 2017.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Partnerships, high-profile merger plan lead the way in health care

2018 began with health risks, routine and unforeseen, and proposed partnerships, and ended with uncertainty over the fate of the $78 billion merger of...
CVS HEALTH announced it expects its acquisition of Aetna to close after Thanksgiving pending the approval to two states. One state that has yet to approve the deal is New York. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS expects Aetna acquisition to close after Thanksgiving; two state reviews...

WOONSOCKET – Lingering approvals from New York and one other state will delay the closing of CVS Health Corp.’s $68 billion acquisition of Aetna...
TOUGH TASKS: Participants on the first panel of the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick discuss how to reintegrate into the workforce those who have experienced opioid overdoses and how to curb wasteful health care spending. From left: Landmark Medical Center CEO Michael Souza; UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Farrell; CVS MinuteClinic Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer Angela Patterson; and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare CEO Linda Hurley.
 / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Overdoses, end-of-life care challenge health system

The next challenge in caring for those who experience opioid overdoses is long-term reintegration into the workforce and society, panelists said during Providence Business...
NEW YORK STATE officials are considering blocking parts of the $68 billion merger of drugstore store chain CVS Health Corp. and Aetna Inc. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DAVID PAUL MORRIS

New York State considers blocking parts of CVS-Aetna merger

NEW YORK - New York state officials are considering blocking parts of the $68 billion merger of drugstore store chain CVS Health Corp. and Aetna...
CVS HEALTH promised officials that it would keep Aetna headquarters in Hartford, Conn., for at least 10 years. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

HBJ: CVS promises to keep Aetna in Hartford for at least...

WOONSOCKET – CVS Health Corp. has promised to keep Aetna Inc. headquartered in Hartford, Conn., for 10 years, the Hartford Business Journal reported Thursday. The...
HOSPITALS have been closing at a rate of about 30 a year, according to the American Hospital Association. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

U.S. hospitals shut at 30-a-year pace, with no end in sight

NEW YORK - Industry merger and acquisition may be no savior as the pace of hospital closures, particularly in hard-to-reach rural areas, seems poised to...
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