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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...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS EDITOR Mike Mello, left, leads the discussion at PBN's Health Care Summit on Wednesday. Participating on the panel are, from left, Marc Backon, president, commercial division, at Tufts Health Plan; Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England; Marie L. Ganim, R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner, Kim A. Keck, CEO and president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Alan Kurose, CEO and president of Coastal Medical; and Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of Rhode Island Foundation. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Health Care Summit: Price transparency a challenging objective for industry

PROVIDENCE – Health care needs more price transparency, but how to address the issue remains a challenge, panelists at the Providence Business News 2019...
Rhode Island health insurance officials say that while contract disputes between insurers and health care providers aren’t uncommon, they usually end with an agreement.

Standoff on health care payment rates hurts both sides

The standoff over rate increases between Southcoast Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts raises a natural question: Could it happen here? Steve...
TUFTS HEALTH PLAN received top scores from the National Committee for Quality Insurance for its health plans in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Tufts Health Plan earns top national ranking

PROVIDENCE – Tufts Health Plan’s HMO plan in Rhode Island has earned a top rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for the...

Neighborhood Health Plan of RI names Buyse new CMO

SMITHFIELD — Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island has named Dr. Marylou Buyse chief medical officer and senior vice president. Buyse, according to a media...
LISTEN AND LEARN: Participants during the first of two discussion panels at the 2019 PBN Spring Health Care Summit at the Providence Marriott talk about how the state’s health care and insurance systems must listen to and understand the whole person they purport to serve. From left: Marc Backon, president of Tufts Health Plan’s commercial division; Stephen Farrell, UnitedHealthcare of New England CEO; Dr. John Murphy, executive vice president of physician affairs at Lifespan; James E. Purcell, former CEO of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and founder of the Returns on Wellbeing Institute; Shannon Shallcross, co-founder and CEO of BetaXAnalytics; and Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation.
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Panel: Many health, insurance services out of touch with user

To work better, the state’s health care and insurance systems must ramp up one critical skill: listening to and understanding the whole person they...

Employers can help curb health care costs

Technology continues to reshape how employers select and offer health care benefits to employees, putting access to information at our fingertips and creating a...

Six R.I. health plans rank well in NCQA report

PROVIDENCE – Four commercial health plans and two Medicaid health plans in Rhode Island received a 4.5 out of 5 rating in the National...
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...
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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