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Walmart offers to pay $3.1B to settle opioid lawsuits

NEW YORK (AP) – Walmart proposed a $3.1 billion legal settlement on Tuesday over the toll of powerful prescription opioids sold at its pharmacies,...
COVID CONVERSATION: Dr. Claire Levesque, second from right, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point 32Health, the parent company of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, speaks during one of two panel discussions at PBN’s Fall Health Care Summit on Oct. 27. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Kirsten Anderson, medical director at CVS Health Corp./Aetna Inc.; Dr. Louanne Giangreco, senior medical director at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Peter Hollmann, chief medical officer at Brown Medicine; Dr. Alexis Kearney, consultant medical director for Project Firstline RI, Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology, R.I. Department of Health; and Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, director of the Pandemic Center at Brown University’s School of Public Health. 
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PBN summit panel: ‘This virus is here to stay’

Fewer people are wearing masks these days, and the COVID-19 vaccination rates have plummeted. Even President Joe Biden has declared the pandemic over. But health...
CHALLENGES REMAIN: Melissa Husband, second from left, chief of staff at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, discusses some of the difficulties the health care industry is experiencing. Also on the panel at the Providence Business News Fall 2022 Health Care Summit on Oct. 27 are, from left, Dr. Sri Adusumalli, senior medical director for Enterprise Virtual Care for CVS Health Corp.; Corey McCarty, senior vice president and general manager of Commonwealth Care Alliance Rhode Island; and Dr. Thomas Meehan, program director of the physician assistant studies program at Johnson & Wales University. 
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PBN health care panel: Plenty of obstacles to getting access to...

Socioeconomic barriers and workforce shortages are preventing many Rhode Islanders from accessing health care, creating obstacles that particularly affect communities of color. Panelists at the...
ON TARGET: Natalia ­Pelletier, Poyant Signs Inc.’s senior project manager, and Bill Furey, the company’s channel letter production lead, stand over a sign made for Target. 
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Poyant thrives by employing old family values and new efficiency methods

PBN Manufacturing Awards 2022 OVERALL EXCELLENCE AT A MIDSIZE MANUFACTURER: Poyant Signs Inc. Poyant Signs Inc., a family-owned sign-making business, was founded during the Great Depression....

Walgreens push into comprehensive care picks up momentum 

NEW YORK – Walgreens extended its push into more comprehensive health care with its VillageMD unit acquiring another urgent and primary care chain, Summit...

CVS, Walgreens announce opioid settlements totaling $10B

WOONSOCKET (AP) – CVS Health Corp. and Walgreen Co. announced agreements in principle Wednesday to pay about $5 billion each to settle lawsuits nationwide...
POPULAR PATH: ­Crystal Raviele, a health care management professional, graduated from Bryant University’s online MBA program in May. 
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More universities adding online MBA degrees as demand increases

Since before the pandemic, Crystal Raviele, then the manager of ancillary services at Coastal Medical Inc. health practices, knew she was interested in a...
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R.I.’s top CEOs are backing Question 1

Publicly funded higher education and private industry rely upon each other. Public institutions of higher education – when properly funded and with adequate infrastructure...
DR. CLAIRE LEVESQUE, second from right, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point 32Health, the parent company of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, speaks during one of two panel discussions at PBN's Fall Health Care Summit on Thursday at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Kirsten Anderson, medical director at CVS Health Corp./Aetna; Dr. Louanne Giangreco, senior medical director at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Peter Hollmann, chief medical officer at Brown Medicine; Dr. Alexis Kearney, consultant medical director for Project Firstline RI, Center for Acute Infectious Disease Epidemiology, R.I. Department of Health; and Dr. Jennifer Nuzzo, director of the Pandemic Centr at Brown University's School of Public Health. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Summit: R.I.’s health care sector struggling to reverse worker shortage

WARWICK – A workforce shortage continues to plague Rhode Island's health care sector as residents find access to primary care limited while practices struggle...
KEVIN MATTA, board vice president for Diversity and Inclusion Professionals and Amos House’s chief human resources and diversity officer, is the 2022 Diversity Champion for Providence Business News' Diversity & Inclusion Awards program. / COURTESY KEVIN MATTA

Matta among 16 honorees for PBN’s 2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards

PROVIDENCE – Kevin Matta, board vice president for Diversity and Inclusion Professionals and Amos House’s chief human resources and diversity officer, is among 16...
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