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PREP TIME: A man waits to receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a CVS pharmacy store in Buffalo Grove, Ill., earlier this month. The Woonsocket-based chain has plans to put emphasis on primary care at some locations. 
/ AP PHOTO/NAM Y. HUH

Primary care at CVS? The plan has critics

In a world of quick, ­convenient services such as Uber, Doordash and Amazon Prime that consumers have at their fingertips, CVS Health Corp. sees...

Many primary care practices in R.I. opting to not offer COVID-19...

PROVIDENCE – About two-thirds of primary care practices in Rhode Island have either not responded to or declined a request from the R.I. Department...
NEW USE: Care New England is considering an outpatient building on the Butler Hospital campus in Providence that currently houses an orthopedic and cardiology practice and has some empty space, for expanded ambulatory care services.
 / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Expanding ambulatory care seen moving patients away from hospitals

Ambulatory care expansion was high on the list of priorities that leaders at Care New England Health System brought to Partners HealthCare this past...
THE CONVENIENT CARE ASSOCIATION , an industry group representing health care companies and health care systems, called on Massachusetts lawmakers to oppose a 8.75 percent tax on walk-in clinics in a health care bill being considered by the Massachusetts House and Senate.

Trade group representing CVS Health opposes Mass. tax on walk-in clinics

PROVIDENCE – The Convenient Care Association, an industry group representing companies and health care systems such as CVS Health Corp.’s Minute Clinic, the Walgreen...
INSIDE KNOWLEDGE: Members of the first panel at the 2018 Spring Providence Business News Health Care ­Summit April 6 at the Providence Marriott Downtown: from left, Dr. Gus Manocchia of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England; Dr. Claire Levesque, board-certified neurologist and chief medical officer for commercial products at Tufts Health Plan; and Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO of CareLink and the PACE Organization of Rhode Island.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Health Care Summit: System needs more primary care doctors, cost control

Two themes led much of the discussion during the first of two panels at Providence Business News’ 2018 Spring Health Care Summit: primary care...
IMPROVEMENT AND CHALLENGES: Joan Kwiatkowski, CEO of CareLink and the PACE Organization of Rhode Island, participated in PBN’s 2018 Spring Health Care Summit, helping get the conversation started by talking about her recent experiences in the health care system. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Of primary concern for region’s health: primary care and cost

A major goal of the Affordable Care Act was to help more people get health insurance. And on that score, it was quite successful. But...

Banks need to embrace uncertainty

Is banking a technology industry? More and more, that seems to be the case. For years, banks and credit unions have been building their digital...

Journey as patient guides CEO

While most families were preparing for their Thanksgiving dinner this past November, I was being prepped for open-heart surgery. Over my career I have worked...

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...
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