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Five Questions With: Melissa Cummings

Melissa Cummings is the executive vice president and chief customer officer at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. She discusses Blue Cross’ Medicare...

Nurse admits to $4.4M health care fraud scheme

PROVIDENCE – A registered nurse and nurse practitioner who fraudulently billed commercial health insurers and Medicare nearly $4.4 million for services in Rhode Island...

Humana Medicare plans available in Rhode Island starting 2023

NEWPORT – Humana Inc. is expanding in Rhode Island, offering Medicare health plans to the eligible residents of three Rhode Island counties for the...

CVS to buy home health-care provider Signify for $8 billion

DALLAS (AP) – Drugstore operator CVS Health Corp. said Monday that it will buy home-health provider Signify Health for $8 billion. CVS said Signify has...

Five Questions With: Christina Pitney

Christina Pitney, senior vice president for government programs at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, discusses the insurer’s 5-Star Medicare plans, including...
CUSTOM TREATMENT: Normand Audette, of Cumberland, had some of his lung tissue tested for biomarkers that allowed doctors to develop the most effective way to battle his cancer. Starting in 2024, such advanced testing will be covered by health insurers in Rhode Island. 
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R.I. requires insurers cover biomarker testing

Dizziness, memory loss, anxiety and a perpetually swollen left foot and ankle are among the side effects Normand Audette has experienced from taking an...

Michael Menard

2022 40 Under Forty Awards Michael Menard | 36 Vice president of Medicare, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island How has COVID-19 changed your industry? COVID-19...
ON DUTY: From left, Kathleen Gerber, executive director at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Johnston; Donna LaBonte, a certified nursing assistant; and Dorothy Bishop, a medical technician, check computer records at the nursing home. Cherry Hill and most other Rhode Island nursing homes are struggling through financial difficulties made worse by a severe labor shortage. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

CODE RED: Amid closures, nursing homes fight for survival

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, the staff at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Johnston...
TOP MARKS: Christina Pitney, senior vice president, government programs, at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island in Providence, has led the health insurer’s Medicare Advantage suite to its first five-star rating. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Pitney is driven to solve problems or turn them into opportunities

Business Women Awards 2022 Woman to Watch Health Care Services Christina Pitney, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Combine commitment, passion, energy and humility...

Report: 87% of R.I. nursing homes at risk of closing

WARWICK – As many as 87% of nursing homes in Rhode Island are at financial risk of closure, according to a recent report commissioned...
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