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LIASON: Dr. Matthew Smith, a physiatrist at University Orthopedics, acts as a Medicare/Medicaid liaison for doctors. He is trying to educate his peers on value-based care. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. doctor takes role urging value-based care

Dr. Matthew Smith spends most of his time working with patients, helping them heal from painful conditions that affect muscles and bones. A physiatrist at...

Hospitals balk at proposals in Raimondo’s budget plan

Hospitals in Rhode Island stand to lose more than $17 million in state money and millions more in matching federal funds if a proposed...

Use simple economics to contain health costs

Spending on U.S. health care is out of control, expanding steadily from 5% of gross domestic product in 1960 to 18% in 2018. There...
RHODE ISLAND'S Assistant Secretary for Health and Medicaid Director Patrick M. Tigue will depart his role Feb. 1 for the private sector. / COURTESY EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

R.I. Director of Medicaid Tigue to depart in Feb.

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Medicaid Director and Assistant Secretary for Health Patrick M. Tigue will leave state employment for the private sector effective Feb. 1,...
PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Five Questions With Marie Ganim

Marie L. Ganim | R.I. health insurance commissioner 1. Who can expect to see the most savings from the state’s reinsurance program that went...

The comforting myths of health care costs

After this season of shopping, we Americans have shown our savvy. We know that steep markdowns are illusory, that the “real” price to the...
MULTIPLE NEW LAWS and requirements will take affect in Rhode Island starting Jan. 1. / PBN FILE PHOTO/PAM BHATIA


Education accountability, electronic opioid prescriptions, mandatory health insurance among new R.I....

PROVIDENCE – As 2020 draws near, residents and businesses within Rhode Island will need to adhere to new requirements set to go into effect...
SOME GOOD NEWS: Lee-Ann Quinn’s son, Zach, just turned 21 and his family learned recently that the state will continue to cover the nursing care that he needs to stay at home. About 15 other families are waiting for word on similar benefits for children who’ve recently aged out of pediatric benefits. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Anxious R.I. families await decision on special medical coverage

Like most kids, Zach Quinn and Corinna Calise lived at home with their families for their entire lives. But the two, both of whom...

Uncle Sam can’t whip us into shape

I trust government to soften the harshness of capitalism via subsidies , to provide health insurance , to build roads and bridges, to maintain...
TUFTS HEALTH PLAN received top scores from the National Committee for Quality Insurance for its health plans in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Tufts Health Plan earns top national ranking

PROVIDENCE – Tufts Health Plan’s HMO plan in Rhode Island has earned a top rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the...
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