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Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment &...
NEW TECH: Dr. Stephen M. Montaquila, an optometrist at West Bay Eye Associates in Warwick, helped draft a bill regulating the use of vision-test apps, in part to ensure they aren’t used to skirt the healthy requirement for routine eye exams. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Optometrists, vision-test app makers don’t see eye to eye

Local optometrists are arguing for “standard of care” regulation of online vision tests for corrective lens prescription renewals, rules branded protectionist by manufacturers, pitting...

Feds toughen marijuana stance

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently signaled that federal prosecutors may once again enforce U.S. law in prosecuting people involved in the cultivation, distribution...
SEN. JOSHUA MILLER, D-Cranston, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment & Agriculture and the Democratic caucus policy chair./ COURTESY WWW.JOSHUAMILLER.ORG

Five Questions With: Joshua Miller

Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, a member of the Senate Committee on Environment &...
SURPLUS: With most Rhode Island hospitals experiencing a decline in patients since 2006, and falling demand for inpatient services, the state has a surplus of hospital beds. Shown above is a patient room from The Miriam Hospital in Providence. / COURTESY ­LIFESPAN CORP.

Hospital demand falls, industry groups differ on whether to embrace trend

Officials and an expert analysis agree Rhode Island has a hospital-bed surplus coupled with a trend toward diminishing demand for inpatient services, but local...
FOLLOW-UP: Sam Slade, center, vice president employer segment, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and Melissa Cummings, right, senior vice president, chief customer officer, BCBSRI, talk with attendees following the PBN Health Care Summit on Oct. 5. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘Creative’ changes to ACA possible, but repeal dead

Affordable Care Act reform is more likely than repeal, and employers should take better advantage of cost-saving, health-plan tools in the meantime, according to...

Living to fight another day on historic tax credits

Historic-preservation advocates had hoped for more to celebrate this past week.Yes, the life of the state’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit program appeared to have...
RHODE ISLAND Hospital President Margaret M. Van Bree speaks during the June 19 opening of the Lifespan Recovery Center, which will assist patients struggling with opioid addiction. /COURTESY LIFESPAN

Rhode Island Hospital opens recovery center for patients struggling with opioid...

PROVIDENCE – Federal and state officials joined Rhode Island Hospital and Lifespan leadership at the June 19 opening of the Lifespan Recovery Center, Lifespan...
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