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HEALTH-CONSCIOUS: Dr. Michael Fine, former director of the R.I. Department of Health, will attend a Social Enterprise Greenhouse event on June 7 to discuss his book on building a new health care system.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

Editor’s Choice: Brown Bag Lunch to feature ex-R.I. health director

EDITOR’S CHOICE Brown Bag Lunch to feature ex-R.I. health director DR. MICHAEL FINE, former director of the R.I. Department of Health, will discuss his book...

Five Questions With: Paul Martineau

Paul Martineau stepped into the role of chairman of the board of directors at the Rhode Island Business Group on Health last month. He...
RECENT IMPROVEMENTS: HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman speaks with Robin Dionne, HSRI chief public affairs officer. Sherman said recent improvements to the HSRI for Employers program include technology advances that have allowed HSRI to connect employers with ancillary products to supplement health and dental plans.
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HSRI: Stable but will it ever cover costs?

Soon after the state established HealthSource RI in 2014, it was recognized as one of the nation’s most successful health-benefits exchanges in meeting enrollment...
FIRST STEP: Rhode Island Business Group on Health Executive Director Al Charbonneau says a federal rule requiring hospitals to post pricing data online is the first of many steps to price transparency. Next to Charbonneau is Hospital Association of Rhode Island President Teresa Paiva Weed.
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New CMS rule requires hospitals to post pricing data online

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires hospitals’ pricing data to be posted to their websites, billed as the first step toward a...

Are your health care dollars wasted?

The 2019 health plan open-enrollment season is kicking off for many Rhode Island employers. Each year the rising cost of health care takes its...
LOCAL IMPACT: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio will discuss a variety of issues impacting the state at the "Eggs & Issues" breakfast hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln on June 4. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Editor’s Choice: Discuss state issues with Ruggerio

EDITOR’S CHOICE Discuss state issues with Ruggerio THE NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND Chamber of Commerce will host an “Eggs & Issues” breakfast event with Senate President Dominick...
INDUSTRY CONCERNS: Members of the second panel at the 2018 Spring Providence Business News Health Care Summit discuss cost-of-care concerns in the industry. From left, Al Charbonneau, executive director of the Rhode Island Business Group on Health; David Burnett, acting chief operating officer for Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; and R.I. Health Commissioner Marie L. Ganim.
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Summit: More questions than answers on health care cost savings

While the Affordable Care Act still requires people to buy health insurance, the Republican tax bill signed into law late last year zeroed out...
SPEAKERS AT THE Rhode Island Business Group on Health's Legislative Breakfast on March 2 will discuss overuse of medical care in the health care market.

RIBGH Legislative Breakfast speakers to discuss overused medical services

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Business Group on Health will feature two speakers on the subject of overuse of medical care in the health...
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...
FURTHER STUDY: Dr. Gregory D. Jay, owner of Lubris LLC, has been investigating lubricin, a glycoprotein recently licensed to Novartis for use as a dry-eye treatment. Jay is looking into lubricin’s potential as a treatment for damaged joints and abdominal scarring prevention. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. hospitals’ dilemma: Nurture innovation or be downsized by it

Medical innovation saves and improves otherwise desperate lives and lends prestige to the hospitals nurturing it, while attracting new patients, funding, and top researchers...
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