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HELP NEEDED: Dr. Michael Wagner, left, CEO and president of Care New England Health System, discusses the health services industry in Rhode Island, including workforce development, with other panelists at Providence Business News’ Fall 2023 Health Care Summit on Oct. 25. Others on the panel include, from left, Brown University’s Dr. Scott Rivkees, Dr. Raj Hazarika from Point32Health Inc. and John Fernandez, CEO and president of Lifespan Corp. Moderating is PBN Editor Michael Mello, standing. 
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

For hospital executives, solving labor shortages a top task

When asked whether the lingering workforce shortages are affecting access to care, Rhode Island’s health care leaders had a clear answer. “Yes, period, end of...

R.I. takes aim at hepatitis C in 5-year plan

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Department of Health is aiming to eliminate hepatitis C infections in the Ocean State using a newly unveiled five-year plan. The...
PRICE TRANSPARENCY: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island CEO and President Kim A. Keck, center, says while most insurers have tools to share cost information and pass them along to members and providers, price distributions aren’t widely used because when patients have a health issue that needs to be addressed, they aren’t likely to cost-compare and shop for services. Keck is flanked by, from left: UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO Stephen Farrell; R.I. Health Commissioner Marie L. Ganim; Coastal Medical CEO and President Dr. Alan Kurose; and Rhode Island Foundation CEO and President Neil D. Steinberg. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Complexities of price transparency in health care makes it an elusive...

Prices attached to health care services and products need to be more transparent, according to panelists at the Providence Business News 2019 Fall Health...
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