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INTERNAL FOCUS: After Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare pulled its application to acquire Care New England and CNE withdrew from talks with Lifespan and Brown University to develop a unified, statewide health care system, Dr. James E. Fanale, CEO and president of CNE, says the company will now focus on internal priorities, including renovations at Kent Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital, over the next couple of years.
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CNE plots solo course (for now)

Care New England Health System’s proposed acquisition by Massachusetts health care giant Partners HealthCare ended abruptly in June when Partners pulled its application, after...
NEW USE: Care New England is considering an outpatient building on the Butler Hospital campus in Providence that currently houses an orthopedic and cardiology practice and has some empty space, for expanded ambulatory care services.
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Expanding ambulatory care seen moving patients away from hospitals

Ambulatory care expansion was high on the list of priorities that leaders at Care New England Health System brought to Partners HealthCare this past...
CLOSE COORDINATION: Dr. David Bourassa, right, chief medical officer for Thundermist Health Center, speaks with medical assistant Aminata Gassama. Bourassa said primary care doctors can coordinate a patient’s care better than a CVS MinuteClinic because they know a patient’s medical history.
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Docs worry CVS clinics coming between them, patients

When it comes to minor health care issues, scheduling a doctor’s office visit can sometimes be more of a headache than many people can...
ON-SITE FITNESS: Team Lifespan members participate in one of the company’s corporate fitness outings near the offices on Point Street in ­Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creativity key to helping health workers bond

At Brown Medicine, most of its 400 employees take part in annual group outings that have become a popular tradition. In recent years, gatherings...

Raimondo flexes political muscle

By halting a proposed acquisition of Care New England Health System by Boston-based Partners HealthCare, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is showing leadership despite the...
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...
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