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ONE OF TWO PANELS at the Providence Business News Fall 2021 Health Care Summit on Wednesday discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout and employer mandates. Clockwise from top left is Matt Reeber, partner at at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC; Thomas McCarthy, executive director of Rhode Island’s COVID-19 Response Team; Dr. Christopher Ottiano, medical director at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Lisa Abbott, Lifespan Corp. senior vice president for human resources and community affairs; Dr. Robert MacArthur, chief medical officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance; and moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello.

Summit: Outreach to employees reduces COVID-19 vaccine defiance

PROVIDENCE – Repeated employee outreach – including small group meetings, daily bulletins and even bringing in faith leaders and pregnancy specialists – has proven...

Blue Cross, Point32Health lend a hand during volunteer efforts

PROVIDENCE – Volunteers from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and from Point32Health, the Massachusetts-based nonprofit that owns Pilgrim Health Care in...

Workplace Wellness Programs Are Evolving: Is Your Business Keeping Up?

During the pandemic, maintaining workplace wellness  programs became a challenge for businesses big and small, as many businesses had to quickly transition their traditional wellness programs...

Wellness programs, challenges getting results at Tufts Health Plan

PBN 2021 HEALTHIEST EMPLOYERS AWARDS 1,500-4,999 EMPLOYEES: 6. Tufts Health Plan CEO (or equivalent): Cain Hayes Number of employees: 2,969 One word that describes Tufts Health Plan’s Wellness...

Health insurers seek rate increases for all individual, group plans in...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s largest health insurance companies are seeking rate increases for 2022 that range from 2.9% to 17.5% for the small- and...

Tufts Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care parent organization announces new...

PROVIDENCE – The combined entity of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care will be called Point32Health, the organization announced Wednesday. Point32Health said that...

Tufts Health/Harvard Pilgrim entity names Hayes CEO

PROVIDENCE – Cain Hayes has been named the next CEO of the combined entity of Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, effective...
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,...
REGISTERED NURSE Jessica Pace, left, checks the intravenous line of Dolce Contreras, of Central Falls, who was receiving convalescent plasma therapy at Rhode Island Hospital last October as part of a treatment against COVID-19. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./WILLIAM MURPHY

Insurers pay COVID-19 costs for now

Rhode Island is requiring health insurers operating in the state to cover out-of-pocket expenses for customers in need of COVID-19 treatment, raising the question...

Tufts Health Plan partners with Providence Community Health Centers

PROVIDENCE – Members of Tufts Health Plan’s Medicaid RITogether plan now have access to care from providers at Providence Community Health Centers. Tufts announced the...

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