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The state’s top health insurance regulator is urging Congress not to change the framework of the Affordable Care Act, saying its repeal would harm systemic changes happening in Rhode Island and stall momentum made toward making health care and health insurance more affordable. more
Repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement would increase the number of uninsured people by 32 million and double premiums by 2026, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said in a report that will add pressure on Republicans’ contentious efforts to end the law. more
In December, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that 769 hospitals will see their Medicare payments reduced by 1 percent, after all other adjustments have been made, for patient discharges occurring during fiscal year 2017 due to the hospitals’ high rates of hospital-acquired conditions, such as infections. more
Some taxpayers could face delays in getting their tax refunds this year, as a new law designed to combat fraud comes into effect, according to H&R Block. more
(Updated, 6:13 p.m.) HealthSource RI has released its latest enrollment data for the week ending Dec. 31, showing a 2 percent increase from the previous week. more
Care Resource LLC, an East Providence-based home health agency, home care and medical supply company, announced it has been re-accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care through 2019 for its two locations, one in East Providence and one in Dartmouth, Mass. more
Changes at Ava Anderson, the state’s failed “Cooler & Warmer” tourism campaign, top young chefs and a former Hasbro executive’s take on politics and philanthropy were among the most-read stories on PBN.com in 2016, according to Google Analytics. more
HealthSource RI said enrollments climbed 3.2 percent over the last week, to 29,312 from 28,404. more
Dr. Steven Lampert is president of Lifespan Physician Group Inc., a nonprofit, physician-governed group practice, with more than 500 medical providers specializing in primary care, psychiatry and behavioral health, women’s medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, cardiology, dermatology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology and physical medicine. more
Rhode Island met seven out of 10 indicators of public health preparedness, while Massachusetts was the only state to receive a perfect score, according to “Ready or Not? Protecting the Public from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism,” a report from the Trust for America’s Health. more
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