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Health care leaders urge residents not to overcrowd ERs

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island health care leaders on Wednesday urged residents to only seek care at emergency departments for issues that require emergency care. Hospital...
ROGER WILLIAMS MEDICAL CENTER has opened its new 12,000-square-foot emergency room. / COURTESY PETER GOLDBERG

Roger Williams Medical Center opens new emergency room

PROVIDENCE – Roger Williams Medical Center opened a new 12,000-square-foot emergency room last week, according to CharterCARE Health Partners. The new facility has 22 treatment...
BCBSRI reported that 40 percent of its recorded emergency department visits in 2018 should have been handled by primary care or urgent care services. The company said that as a result of its analysis, it had eliminated $4.5 million in unnecessary health care costs.

BCBSRI finds that 40% of its covered emergency visits unnecessary

PROVIDENCE — An internal task force at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has identified 40 percent of emergency department visits it...

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