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McKee proposes health care spending watchdog program

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee is proposing a Health Spending Accountability and Transparency program he says could help health care insurers and providers...
THE BIG ISSUES: A second panel at PBN’s 2021 Fall Health Care Summit talks about health equity, access and affordability. From top is moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello; Dr. Claire Levesque, chief medical officer for commercial products at Point32Health; Dr. Raymond Powrie, chief clinical officer and executive chief of medicine at the Care New England Health System; Dr. Al Kurose, a founder and president of Coastal Medical Inc. and senior vice president for primary care and population health at Lifespan Corp.; and R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Patrick Tigue.

Health care panel: Pandemic has magnified affordability, access issues

As the country adapts to live alongside COVID-19, affordability of care, mental health concerns, supporting underserved populations and continued vaccine outreach remain areas in...
ONE OF TWO PANELS at the Providence Business News Fall 2021 Health Care Summit on Wednesday discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and employer mandates. Clockwise from top left is Matt Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Outreach to employees reduces COVID-19 vaccine defiance

PROVIDENCE – Repeated employee outreach – including small group meetings, daily bulletins and even bringing in faith leaders and pregnancy specialists – has proven...
Health Insurance Commissioner Patrick Tigue announced on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2021, that he rejected rate increases proposed by health insurance companies in the state's individual, small and large markets. / COURTESY EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

OHIC limits approved health insurance rate hikes, citing the pandemic

PROVIDENCE – In the aftermath of a pandemic that not only caused a toll physically but also financially on many Rhode Islanders, a state...

BCBSRI reverses position, agrees to waive out-of-pocket expenses for COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island on Monday abruptly reversed its position to not fully cover the cost of COVID-19...

Health insurers diverge on whether to cover customer copays and deductibles...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s major health insurers are taking divergent approaches to continuing no-cost coverage for their members who contract COVID-19 and seek treatment. Blue...
THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE of Rhode Island has reached a partnership agreement with the Rhode Island Nurses Institute Middle College Charter High School./ COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

CCRI partners with charter high school for ‘seamless pathway’ to nursing...

WARWICK – The Community College of Rhode Island is partnering with a nursing charter high school to remove barriers and provide a "seamless pathway"...
THE CARE TRANSFORMATION Collaborative of Rhode Island will host the State of Primary Care in Rhode Island summit on March 29 at the Providence Marriott Downtown in Providence.

Officials to discuss R.I. primary care during March 29 summit

PROVIDENCE – In last year’s Commonwealth Fund report, AIMING HIGHER: Results from the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance, Rhode Island ranked...
PATRICK TIGUE, Rhode Island Medicaid director, says, "The Healthcare Workforce Transformation Summit and report are excellent starting points for helping us shape a common vision for the jobs, skills and training that we will need in the health care workforce of the future.” /COURTESY LINKEDIN

EOHHS holds Healthcare Workforce Transformation Summit

CRANSTON – At its Healthcare Workforce Transformation Summit on June 16, the R.I. Executive Office of Health and Human Services announced the release of...
PATRICK TIGUE has been named state Medicaid director. / COURTESY LINKEDIN

Five Questions With: Patrick Tigue

Patrick Tigue was named Medicaid director for the state of Rhode Island in March 2017, succeeding Anya Rader Wallack, who left that position in...

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