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UnitedHealthcare protests BCBSRI’s state medical plan contract win

PROVIDENCE – UnitedHealthcare has filed a protest over the selection of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to administer the state’s medical...
DIGGING IN: Members of the CBIZ staff select fruits and vegetables during healthy snack day at the Providence office. From left are Patrick Quinn, CBIZ managing director; John Boyle, audit associate; Jeffrey Christina, intern; Monica Clark, executive assistant; and Annie Campbell, audit associate.
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‘Happier’ surroundings give CBIZ staff a boost

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019 2,000-4,999 EMPLOYEES #1: CBIZ Inc.CEO (or equivalent): Jerome P. Grisko Jr., CEO and president Number of employees: 4,722THE WORKPLACE at...
MORE THAN PEDESTRIAN: South County Health employees, from left, Susan Woodard, Mary Phillips and David Fogerty join co-workers outside South County Hospital in South Kingstown for their regular walk around the campus for exercise.
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South County Health puts its expertise to work for employees

Healthiest Employers of Rhode Island 2019 500-1,999 EMPLOYEES #1: South County HealthCEO (or equivalent): Aaron Robinson, CEO and president Number of employees: 829SOUTH COUNTY HEALTH’S 829...
THE OFFICE of the Health Insurance Commissioner has released the proposed health insurance rate changes for 2020.

OHIC reveals proposed insurance rate changes for 2020

PROVIDENCE – Health insurers doing business in Rhode Island have submitted their requests for rate increases for 2020, the R.I. Office of the Health...

Five Questions With: Dr. Ted Wong

Dr. Ted Wong is chief dental officer for UnitedHealthcare Specialty Benefits, a national ancillary benefits company serving more than 20 million members nationwide. Wong leads...

UnitedHealthcare alters oral-health policies in response to opioid epidemic

PROVIDENCE – About 5 million Americans will have their wisdom teeth removed this year, with 70 percent prescribed opioid pain medication, and UnitedHealthcare has...
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. 
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

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...

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...
UNITEDHEALTH GROUP is being required to offer coverage through MassHealth, the Massachusetts state-run health exchange, as the company covers more than 5,000 Massachusetts workers through small-employer health plans. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

Star Tribune: UnitedHealthcare pushed into Mass. health exchange

PROVIDENCE – UnitedHealth Group Inc. has been required to sell health care coverage in 2019 in the Massachusetts state-run health exchange, MassHealth, and the...
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