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NHPRI exiting Rhody Health Options program

PROVIDENCE – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island has notified the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services it will end its participation...
THE MAIN TRUST FUND behind Medicare, the United States health-care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in 2026, according to Medicare’s Board of Trustees. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/ANDREW HARRER

Medicare fund to fall short in 2026, sooner than last forecast

NEW YORK - The main trust fund behind Medicare, the United States health care program for the elderly and disabled, will be exhausted in...

Prescription drug costs a crime

President Donald Trump has complained that U.S. drug companies are “getting away with murder.” For once the hyperbole is forgivable: It suggests he takes...

Lifespan reports increased operating income, strong overall results in FY17

PROVIDENCE – In a strong turnaround from the previous year’s results, Lifespan Corp.’s operational income grew more than $12 million to $14.5 million in...
THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION has filed a lawsuit challenging the program that has removed Rhode Islanders from Medicaid benefits.

ACLU files federal lawsuit over Medicaid benefits

PROVIDENCE – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit that seeks class action status on behalf of people who say they...
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...

Let states cut drug prices

Drug prices are too high, and Congress lacks the political will to do anything about it. These are two of the most uncontroversial assertions...
CVS HEALTH CORP. HAS REACHED A DEAL to acquire Aetna Inc. for $69 billion. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/CHRISTOPHER LEE

CVS Health, Aetna plan to offer lower cost, managed health care

WOONSOCKET — CVS Health Corp.’s $77 billion merger with Aetna Inc. would combine analytics and community-centered care in the patient-centered health model in 10,000...

The insurer, provider disconnect

I believe there to be a fundamental disconnect between typical health insurers’ provider reimbursement strategies and the long-term good of our health care delivery...

United Way hosts Medicare-enrollment help sessions

PROVIDENCE – Medicare open enrollment for 2018 coverage runs from Nov. 1 through Dec. 7 for individuals to choose and make changes to health...
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