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The status quo on health care is a sure disaster

Cassandra, of Greek mythology, predicted disaster. As Democrats debate Medicare for All versus the public option versus expanded “Obamacare” versus a yet-unnamed option, the...

Commitment to diversity and inclusion a major part of CVS’ mission...

PBN Diversity & Inclusion Awards 2019 HEALTH CARE: CVS Health Corp. AS ONE OF the nation’s premier health innovation companies serving more than 100 million...
Dr. James E. Fanale has served as CEO and president of Care New England since Jan. 1, 2018, when he replaced the retiring Dennis D. Keefe. He’s since focused on rebuilding CNE’s finances, establishing an aggressive strategy for stabilization and growth while leading a team of more than 7,000 staff and clinicians. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commitment fuels success

Dr. James E. Fanale | Care New England CEO and president Health care is very challenging in the Northeast, even more so here in Rhode...
ALL SMILES: Dr. Margaret Van Bree, president of Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital, with one of Hasbro’s patients, Gemma Grayce Reall. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

Five questions with Dr. Margaret Van Bree

Dr. Margaret Van Bree | President, Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital 1. Will the ongoing $25 million renovation at Hasbro Children’s Hospital...

Data alone no help to patients

Health care providers and insurers have access to more information on costs, pricing and quality of services than they sometimes know how to share...
NOT LIABLE: Bryant University Physician Assistant Program founder and Director Robert Jay Amrien, left, a panelist at the PBN Fall Health Care Summit, says a new law declaring that a physician assistant may be considered a primary care provider means a physician would not be considered liable for the actions of a physician assistant. Next to Amrien, from left, are panelists Maria Ducharme, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at The Miriam Hospital; Care New England CEO Dr. James E. Fanale; and James Rajotte, chief of the Center for Health Promotion in the Division of Community Health and Equity at the R.I. Department of Health. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners may play big role in future of...

Rhode Island is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, but increasing the roles of physician assistants and nurse practitioners might ease the problem,...
FRUSTRATION FACTOR: Brown Medicine rheumatologist Dr. Deepan Dalal, left, and David Hemendinger, the practice’s chief information officer, say the time-consuming process of filling out electronic medical records might be contributing to physician burnout. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Searching for a remedy for physician burnout

Doctor appointments are rarely fun, but the prospect of visiting with a rushed, curt physician only makes it worse.  So why are unsatisfactory interactions with...
BIG IMPACT: Sam Salganik, executive director of the Rhode Island Parent Information Network, said the Affordable Care Act has made the biggest positive impact in the health care system in recent years. It’s been complemented by the state’s efforts to make insurance more accessible and affordable.
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Reinsurance program helps curb premiums

Sam Salganik sees hardship cases of Rhode Islanders struggling to pay for health care. But he’s seeing less of it. “The state is making progress,”...
PURDUE PHARMA and its owners, the Sackler family, are offering to settle more than 2,000 lawsuits against the company related to the opioid epidemic for $10 billion to $12 billion. Who should receive the settlement money? / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/GEORGE FEY

Who should be paid with settlement money from opioid medication producers?

On Aug. 26 an Oklahoma judge ordered health care giant Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $572 million for costs incurred in the...

Health care delivery increasingly meets patients where they live

As more ambulatory and urgent-care clinics spring up across the region, health care providers see it as evidence the industry is evolving at a...
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