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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...
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.
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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...
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CNE adds 6 doctors to orthopedic and sports medicine department

WARWICK – Care New England Health System has added six new physicians to its Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, who will practice...
HIGH DEMAND: Barbara Wolf, left, dean of the University of Rhode Island’s College of Nursing, with Jane Williams, dean of nursing at Rhode Island College, at the new Rhode Island Nursing Center in Providence. Wolfe says URI continues to see a high demand for graduates with professional nursing degrees, as opposed to a two-year associate degree. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing jobs at risk as hospitals merge

The future holds fewer, lower-paying hospital nursing jobs as health care consolidation progresses but growing demand for nursing skills outside hospitals presents promising opportunities,...
HOSPITAL LEADERS recently testified in opposition to proposed state cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital program. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Hospital leaders testify against cutting state match to Medicaid funds

PROVIDENCE – On Thursday, hospital leaders from throughout the state testified at the House Committee on Finance’s Human Services Subcommittee hearing on the Executive...
A REPORT BY THE Center for Health Information and Analysis shows Partners' Massachusetts General and Brigham and Women’s Hospital were each 38 percent more expensive than the average hospital in Massachusetts. /Courtesy CHIA

Report: Partners health care expensive in Mass.

PROVIDENCE  — Partners HealthCare of Massachusetts received the highest share of commercial payments and had the highest-priced hospitals in Massachusetts in 2016 while Partners' physician...

Hope for health systems’ merger

As a Rhode Islander who cares about improving access to cutting-edge cancer treatment in my state, I am optimistic about the potential merger of...
FISCAL HELP: Dr. James Fanale, executive vice president and chief clinical officer at Care New England Health System, meets with Alyscia Grant, director of clinical integration and care-delivery redesign. Fanale anticipates improved finances in fiscal 2018, with the inclusion of a $16 million increase to Medicaid reimbursements in this year’s state budget. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Struggling R.I. hospitals welcome $16 million Medicaid boost

Rhode Island hospitals will see a $16 million increase to Medicaid reimbursements in the state budget this year, marking the first year-over-year increase in...
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