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Lifespan signs letter of intent to join with Coastal Medical

PROVIDENCE – Lifespan Corp. announced Feb. 6 that it is in the process of affiliating with Coastal Medical Inc. The two health care organizations have...
PRICE TRANSPARENCY: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island CEO and President Kim A. Keck, center, says while most insurers have tools to share cost information and pass them along to members and providers, price distributions aren’t widely used because when patients have a health issue that needs to be addressed, they aren’t likely to cost-compare and shop for services. Keck is flanked by, from left: UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO Stephen Farrell; R.I. Health Commissioner Marie L. Ganim; Coastal Medical CEO and President Dr. Alan Kurose; and Rhode Island Foundation CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Complexities of price transparency in health care makes it an elusive...

Prices attached to health care services and products need to be more transparent, according to panelists at the Providence Business News 2019 Fall Health...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS EDITOR Mike Mello, left, leads the discussion at PBN's Health Care Summit on Wednesday. Participating on the panel are, from left, Marc Backon, president, commercial division, at Tufts Health Plan; Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England; Marie L. Ganim, R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner, Kim A. Keck, CEO and president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Alan Kurose, CEO and president of Coastal Medical; and Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of Rhode Island Foundation. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Health Care Summit: Price transparency a challenging objective for industry

PROVIDENCE – Health care needs more price transparency, but how to address the issue remains a challenge, panelists at the Providence Business News 2019...

Ejnes named to American Board of Internal Medicine as chair-elect

CRANSTON – A local internal medicine specialist has been named chair-elect of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Yul D. Ejnes was among five...
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Five Questions With Christopher Ferraro

5Q: Christopher Ferraro | Chief financial officer, Coastal Medical Inc. 1. Coastal Medical has operated as an accountable care organization since 2012. What led...
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...
INSIDE KNOWLEDGE: Members of the first panel at the 2018 Spring Providence Business News Health Care ­Summit April 6 at the Providence Marriott Downtown: from left, Dr. Gus Manocchia of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England; Dr. Claire Levesque, board-certified neurologist and chief medical officer for commercial products at Tufts Health Plan; and Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO of CareLink and the PACE Organization of Rhode Island.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Health Care Summit: System needs more primary care doctors, cost control

Two themes led much of the discussion during the first of two panels at Providence Business News’ 2018 Spring Health Care Summit: primary care...
INDUSTRY CONCERNS: Members of the second panel at the 2018 Spring Providence Business News Health Care Summit discuss cost-of-care concerns in the industry. From left, Al Charbonneau, executive director of the Rhode Island Business Group on Health; David Burnett, acting chief operating officer for Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; and R.I. Health Commissioner Marie L. Ganim.
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Summit: More questions than answers on health care cost savings

While the Affordable Care Act still requires people to buy health insurance, the Republican tax bill signed into law late last year zeroed out...
THE PBN SPRING HEALTH CARE Summit addressed a multitude of problems, developments and strengths in the Rhode Island health care market.

PBN 2018 Spring Health Care Summit examines strategic, legislative hurdles to...

PROVIDENCE — Panelists at the 2018 Spring Providence Business News Health Care Summit at the Providence Marriott Friday morning agreed primary care physicians suffer...
STANDING OUT: Pictured with Caitlin Kennedy, left, Clinical Pharmacist Managed Care coordinator, and Melissa Feid, Transitions of Care program manager, Dr. Al Kurose, president and CEO of Coastal Medical, says the company is reducing costs by creating jobs and transforming how to deliver health care. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Accountable care creates new roles, rapid growth at Coastal Medical

Coastal Medical is a physician-owned-and-governed, primary care-driven accountable care organization based in Providence. It delivers service to 120,000 patients, with 20 medical offices and...
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