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Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island’s new integrated care initiative has helped reduce the number of members living in nursing homes and emergency room visits by 11 percent each and hospitalizations by 6 percent. more
The R.I. Department of Health has approved Care New England’s proposal to transfer obstetrics services from Memorial Hospital to Kent Hospital, and Women and Infants Hospital. more
Consumer spending climbed in April by the most in almost seven years, a sign U.S. households are ready to help jump start growth after a first-quarter slowdown. more
Vice President Joe Biden visited Rhode Island on Friday, where he told officials the state needs to invest more in its infrastructure, media outlets reported. more
Verizon Communications Inc. and its two unions reached an agreement in principle on a new labor contract, the U.S. Labor Department said Friday, paving the way for about 39,000 landline employees to return to work after a 44-day strike. more
A newly formed nonprofit corporation, Building Bridges Providence, will host a celebration on Saturday at the site of the city’s next downtown park. more
More than 500 city employees received customer service training through the city’s Customer Service Initiative, and the mayor is looking for feedback from constituents. more
The Ocean State had the second-highest seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in New England in April at 5.3 percent, behind only Connecticut at 5.7 percent, the state Department of Labor and Training said this week. more
Rhode Island will receive an additional $629,160 in federal funding to continue to provide housing counseling to struggling Rhode Islanders through NeighborWorks America’s National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program, U.S. Sen. Jack F. Reed said this week. more
Consumer confidence in the U.S. climbed less than forecast in May as Americans were a little less ebullient about the economy’s prospects in the runup to the presidential election. more
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