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RIHCA urges suspension of nursing home minimum staffing law

PROVIDENCE – According to the Rhode Island Health Care Association, nursing homes in the Ocean State are about to face millions in fines for...

R.I. Senate passes bill extending postpartum Medicaid coverage for low-income women

PROVIDENCE – Legislation aimed at improving the health of low-income new mothers has passed in the R.I. Senate. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Maryellen Goodwin,...

EOHHS names Medicaid program director

PROVIDENCE – Kristin Pono Sousa, Rhode Island’s interim Medicaid program director since December of 2021, has been appointed to fill the position permanently. Sousa will...
RECOVERY MODE: R.I. Department of Health Interim Director Dr. James McDonald, left, talks about the health care industry’s workforce woes at the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6. Also on the panel are, from left, Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point32Health; Dr. Raymond O. Powrie, Care New England Health System executive chief of medicine; Dr. Matt Collins, chief medical officer and executive vice president at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Dr. Timothy J. Babineau, Lifespan Corp. CEO and president. PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing, moderates. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Babineau: ‘It is going to take us years to rebuild’

The COVID-19 pandemic left Rhode Island’s health care industry a shell of its former self, with a staffing crisis that continues to have massive...
WORKING TOGETHER: Dr. Christopher Ottiano, middle, medical director of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, explains that health care stakeholders should join forces to improve the system. Panelists participating in the PBN Health Care Summit on April 6 included Dr. Amy Nunn, left, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Health Institute, and Dr. Robert MacArthur, right, Commonwealth Care Allicance chief medical officer.  / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Panel: ARPA funds can help mend health safety net

Lindsay Lang sees trouble coming in maintaining health insurance for some Rhode Islanders, and she wants state lawmakers to act before it’s too late. Lang,...
SOLUTION NEEDED: Susan E. Enck, a licensed clinical psychologist at Brown Medicine’s Warwick Primary Care, says the mental health system was near its breaking point before the COVID-19 pandemic. Now it’s in crisis. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Pleas to fix R.I.’s ‘broken’ behavioral health system

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, treatment providers, advocates and lawmakers are calling for Rhode Island to confront its problems with access to...

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...

Missed deadline costs Tufts Health Plan millions

PROVIDENCE – Tufts Health Plan learned the hard way in January that missing a deadline by two minutes is no excuse – and costly,...

Blue Cross offers companionship program for Medicare members

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Medicare Advantage members now have free access to a companionship program for seniors. Papa, a...

RIPEC: R.I. total spending grew 16.1% from FY14-19

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s state and local governments outspent the national average in fiscal 2019, the latest year for which such data are available,...

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