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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...
BETTER COVERAGE: R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim speaks at the PBN Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in October 2017. Ganim’s office is completing reports on the state’s four largest health insurers to ensure they are following proper standards and regulations in covering the treatment of mental illnesses and drug addiction. 
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Conduct exams lead to positive changes in insurance coverage for behavioral...

State reports are expected by this spring on the remaining three of Rhode Island’s four largest health insurers to determine how well they have...
HEALTH REFORM: The focus of the second panel of participants at the Health Care Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Oct. 30 was health care reform and the insurance market, especially in light of the passing of the Republican tax cut bill in 2017 that removes the penalty for not signing up for health care in 2019. From left: Marc Spooner, executive vice president, commercial and government products, Tufts Health Plan; R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner Marie L. Ganim; HealthSource RI Director Zachary W. Sherman; Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Chief Growth Officer Dave Burnett; Daniel Moynihan, vice president, contracting, Lifespan; and Coastal Medical CEO Dr. Alan Kurose.
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‘Confusion’ over ACA’s future threatens market stability

A weakened individual mandate for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act taking effect next year remains a potent threat to local health care...

Tufts Health Plan offers members Lifespan cardiac rehab to curb heart...

PROVIDENCE – Cardiovascular diseases and stroke are among the leading causes of death in Southern New England, a statistic Tufts Health Plan is helping...

OHIC approves 2019 health insurance rates, including mostly increases but some...

CRANSTON – The Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner published the approved commercial health insurance rates for 2019 on Friday, saying that the rates...

Tufts homes in on holistic health practices

Healthiest Employees: 2,000-4,999 Employees | #6. Tufts Health Plan CEO (or equivalent): Thomas A. Croswell, CEO and president Number of employees: 2,700 As a health insurance...

Tufts Health Plan will pay high-deductible plan drug rebates upfront

WATERTOWN, Mass. — Tufts Health Plan will pass prescription rebates directly to fully insured commercial members on high-deductible Saver plans when they fill their...
OHIC HAS ANNOUNCED rate increase requests by the state's major insurers for 2019. Above, Marie L. Ganim, the Rhode Island Health Insurance Commissioner, speaks during the October 2017 PBN Health Care Summit. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

OHIC lists health insurance rate increase requests for 2019

PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner has released the rate increase requests of the state’s four largest insurers for individual,...
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.
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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...
MAKING MEMORIES: Ivette Luna, lead consumer-engagement specialist at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, with her 2-year-old son Daniel and husband, Jose. The family portrait on the wall was taken during a trip to the Dominican Republic.
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Travel policies fill gaps in health plans

To celebrate her son Daniel’s first birthday and introduce him to his extended family in the Dominican Republic, Ivette Luna and her husband, Jose...
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