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HEALTHY DISCUSSION: PACE Organization of Rhode Island CEO Joan Kwiatkowski, right, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News’ Health Care Summit and Health Care Heroes Awards event at the Providence Marriott on April 4. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Michael Wagner, Care New England Health System CEO and president; Dr. Kristin Russell, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island chief medical officer; Sen. Pamela J. Lauria, D-Barrington; and Dr. Raj Hazarika, Point32Health Services Inc. chief medical officer and vice president of commercial ­products. 
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Education, compensation key to addressing staffing shortages in health care

Now that American Rescue Plan Act funds have expired, the next six to eight months will be telling of what challenges remain in addressing...

State medical school worth considering

Hospital staffing shortages have stabilized since the height of the pandemic but aren’t going away anytime soon, according to panelists at PBN’s April 4...

Summit: Health system rebuild will take years

It can’t compare to the horror of a real war, such as in Ukraine, but health care systems have indeed been in a life-and-death...

Help workers fight vaccine hesitancy

Misinformation still abounds on the health risks associated with COVID-19 vaccines, but local businesses facing a pending federal vaccination-or-testing rule for workers do have...

PBN Spring Health Care Summit approaches

PROVIDENCE – The PBN 2021 Spring Health Care Summit will take place virtually on April 8 at 9 a.m. The event will feature two panels...

PBN Health Care Summit panel: Continued telehealth coverage a must

While telehealth has been critical for providers to check in on many of their patients during the pandemic, Marie L. Ganim, R.I. health insurance...
TALKING IT THROUGH: Panelists in the second half of the PBN Health Care Summit on Oct. 29 discuss the implications of returning to workplaces amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. The virtual panel included, clockwise from top left, Dr. Claire Levesque, from Tufts Health Plan; Peter Marino, from Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; moderator Michael Mello, PBN editor; Dr. Matt Collins, from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Siobhain Sullivan, from Rhode Island Medical Imaging Inc.

Are you ready to return to workplace? Not so fast

Rhode Island businesses yearning to get back to a pre-COVID-19 normal should not get their hopes up yet, particularly in light of a recent...

PBN Health Care Summit identifies, discusses issues that matter

PBN held its fall Health Care Summit late in October, with the goal of bringing the business community up to date on the current...
HEALTH REFORM: The focus of the second panel of participants at the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Oct. 30 was health care reform and the insurance market, especially in light of the passing of the Republican tax cut bill in 2017 that removes the penalty for not signing up for health care in 2019. From left: Marc Spooner, executive vice president, commercial and government products, Tufts Health Plan; R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim; HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman; Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Chief Growth Officer Dave Burnett; Daniel Moynihan, vice president, contracting, Lifespan; and Coastal Medical CEO Dr. Alan Kurose.
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‘Confusion’ over ACA’s future threatens market stability

A weakened individual mandate for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act taking effect next year remains a potent threat to local health care...
TOUGH TASKS: Participants on the first panel of the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick discuss how to reintegrate into the workforce those who have experienced opioid overdoses and how to curb wasteful health care spending. From left: Landmark Medical Center CEO Michael Souza; UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Farrell; CVS MinuteClinic Chief Nurse Practitioner Officer Angela Patterson; and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare CEO Linda Hurley.
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Overdoses, end-of-life care challenge health system

The next challenge in caring for those who experience opioid overdoses is long-term reintegration into the workforce and society, panelists said during Providence Business...
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