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NEXT CHALLENGE: Panelists discuss the region’s rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine during the PBN Health Care Summit on April 8. Clockwise from top left is Dr. Karen Tashima, who directs clinical trials for Life­span Corp.; Dr. Kirsten Anderson, from Aetna/CVS Health; moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello; Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University; Christopher Palmieri, CEO and president of Commonwealth Care Alliance; and Peter Marino, CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island.

‘Hesitancy’ will be next snag with vaccinations

Rhode Island will soon hit a tipping point in COVID-19 vaccinations – a point at which there will be more vaccine available than the...
ALTERED INDUSTRY: R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Patrick Tigue, top right, discusses the future of health care after the COVID-19 pandemic during a second panel discussion at the PBN Health Care Summit on April 8. Also participating is, clockwise from top left, moderator Michael Mello, PBN editor; Dr. Claire Levesque, Tufts Health Plan chief medical officer for commercial products; Dr. Michael Bradley, CEO and president of Orthopedics Rhode Island Inc.; and Dr. Matt Collins, chief medical officer and executive vice president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island.

Has pandemic brought changes for the better?

The COVID-19 pandemic has forever altered a lot about the health care system since it first arrived in March 2020 – telemedicine, behavioral health,...
PANELISTS discuss the region's rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine during the PBN Health Care Summit on Thursday. Clockwise from top left is Dr. Karen Tashima, from The Miriam Hospital; Dr. Kirsten Anderson, from Aetna/CVS Health; moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello; Dr. Ashish Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University; Christopher Palmieri, CEO and president of Commonwealth Care Alliance; and Peter Marino, CEO of Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. This was one of two panel discussions held during the summit.

PBN Health Care Summit: R.I. vaccine rollout has improved, but access,...

PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island has improved its vaccination campaign to a point where it is among the nation’s most successful in administering first doses,...

PBN Health Care Summit panel: Continued telehealth coverage a must

While telehealth has been critical for providers to check in on many of their patients during the pandemic, Marie L. Ganim, R.I. health insurance...
TALKING IT THROUGH: Panelists in the second half of the PBN Health Care Summit on Oct. 29 discuss the implications of returning to workplaces amid a rise in COVID-19 cases. The virtual panel included, clockwise from top left, Dr. Claire Levesque, from Tufts Health Plan; Peter Marino, from Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; moderator Michael Mello, PBN editor; Dr. Matt Collins, from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; and Siobhain Sullivan, from Rhode Island Medical Imaging Inc.

Are you ready to return to workplace? Not so fast

Rhode Island businesses yearning to get back to a pre-COVID-19 normal should not get their hopes up yet, particularly in light of a recent...
VIRTUAL PANEL: Providence Business News’ Health Care Summit took place online on April 1, with panelists meeting through web conferencing.

PBN summit panelists: Coronavirus impact will be lasting

The coronavirus crisis will have a lasting impact on Rhode Island after the immediate danger of the pandemic passes, on both the business community...
NOT LIABLE: Bryant University Physician Assistant Program founder and Director Robert Jay Amrien, left, a panelist at the PBN Fall Health Care Summit, says a new law declaring that a physician assistant may be considered a primary care provider means a physician would not be considered liable for the actions of a physician assistant. Next to Amrien, from left, are panelists Maria Ducharme, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at The Miriam Hospital; Care New England CEO Dr. James E. Fanale; and James Rajotte, chief of the Center for Health Promotion in the Division of Community Health and Equity at the R.I. Department of Health. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners may play big role in future of...

Rhode Island is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, but increasing the roles of physician assistants and nurse practitioners might ease the problem,...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS EDITOR Mike Mello, left, leads the discussion at PBN's Health Care Summit on Wednesday. Participating on the panel are, from left, Marc Backon, president, commercial division, at Tufts Health Plan; Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England; Marie L. Ganim, R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner, Kim A. Keck, CEO and president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Alan Kurose, CEO and president of Coastal Medical; and Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of Rhode Island Foundation. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Health Care Summit: Price transparency a challenging objective for industry

PROVIDENCE – Health care needs more price transparency, but how to address the issue remains a challenge, panelists at the Providence Business News 2019...
PANELISTS SPEAK at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit. Above, from left to right, Dr. John Murphy, Jim Purcell, Shannon Shallcross and Neil D. Steinberg. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN Health Care summit addresses industry trends, problems

PROVIDENCE – Employers are wasting almost all of the money they invest in workplace- wellness programs because they simply don’t understand the lives, problems...
ATTENDEES LISTEN to the first of two PBN Health Care Summit Panels Tuesday. / PBN PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

PBN Health Care Summit: Waste remains, ACA stability threatened

WARWICK — Health care waste remains a challenge and opioid overdose care needs long-term direction, while federally induced instability continues to threaten Affordable Care...

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