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ONE OF TWO PANELS at the Providence Business News Fall 2021 Health Care Summit on Wednesday discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and employer mandates. Clockwise from top left is Matt Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Outreach to employees reduces COVID-19 vaccine defiance

PROVIDENCE – Repeated employee outreach – including small group meetings, daily bulletins and even bringing in faith leaders and pregnancy specialists – has proven...
PANELISTS DISCUSS telemedicine during Providence Business News' Health Care Summit on Thurday. From left is PBN Editor Michael Mello; Marie Ganim, R.I. health insurance commissioner; Dr. Alan Kurose, Coastal Medical CEO; Dr. Kenneth Wood, Lifespan Corp. executive vice president and chief clinical officer; and Dr. James Fanale, CEO and president of Care New England Health System.

PBN Summit: CNE, Lifespan move toward definitive agreement, merger filing

PROVIDENCE – Dr. James E. Fanale, CEO and president of Care New England Health System, said Thursday that the merger between CNE and Lifespan...
PBN'S HEALTH CARE SUMMIT was held online on Wednesday morning with panelists from the health care and business arenas.

PBN Summit: R.I.’s real pandemic test still to come

PROVIDENCE – Panelists at PBN's online Health Care Summit on Wednesday gave Gov. Gina M. Raimondo high marks for her efforts to slow down...
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Most-read stories on PBN.com, February 2020

1. Garden City Center sells for $181M POSTED ONLINE: FEB. 3. Garden City Center in Cranston has sold for $181 million, according to property...

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.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

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...

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