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NATIONAL LEADER: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island CEO and President Kim A. Keck created several initiatives to improve health care access for all in the Ocean State. In January, she will become the next CEO and president of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND

Blue Cross’ Keck works to create a healthy community

PBN Business Excellence Awards 2020 Corporate Citizenship: Kim A. Keck | CEO and president, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island AS KIM A. KECK...

Five Questions With: Karen Emma

In her new book, “Medicare Untangled,” author Karen Emma seeks to explain the ins and outs of Medicare for retirees enrolled in its health...

A lifeline for pre-Medicare adults

Ten years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is now asking the Supreme Court to overturn it. Yet it’s...
Joan Retsinas

COVID-19 has exposed weakness in health insurance system

Before the coronavirus, advocates for national health insurance did not convince a swath of the electorate to support them. The employer-based system, after all,...
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...

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...

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...
U.S. SPENDING on health care increased 4.6% year over year to a total of $3.6 trillion in 2018. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/DANIEL ACKER

Opinion: Now for the bad news: Medicare costs are accelerating

As debates rage over the cost of United States health care, Medicare’s actuaries have issued a new report. In 2018, overall national spending on...

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