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Dr. James Rudolph is director of the Center of Innovation in Geriatric Services and director of Measurement and Quality Improvement for the VA Office of Geriatrics and Extended Care, both at the Providence VA Medical Center. Rudolph’s pioneering program, the VA Center of Innovation in Long-Term Services and Supports for Vulnerable Veterans, designed to meet the needs of the nation’s aging veterans – was recently awarded a five-year, $2.8 million grant from the Veterans Administration Health Services Research and Development. more
In a lengthy and detailed letter to Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, Massachusetts Division, representing Southcoast Health workers, identified several key concerns about the proposed merger between Care New England and Southcoast Health. While the union hopes that Healey will closely monitor the merger process as it unfolds, it has expressed union concerns to the mayors of New Bedford and Fall River, and has asked them to hold community forums throughout the region, Nikko Mendoza, communications director for 1199SEUI, told Providence Business News. more
With the Rhode Island health care sector cast of characters constantly shifting, MergerWatch’s recent report, “When Hospitals Merge: Updating State Oversight to Protect Access to Care,” is particularly timely. more
Southcoast Health announced its fully redesigned website, which allows patients to access information on physicians, services, treatments, locations and events from smartphones, tablets and personal computers. more
UnitedHealthcare will pay travel expenses for kidney transplant donors, addressing one of the major barriers to living organ donation. more
Social Enterprise Greenhouse is holding a health and wellness accelerator information session on June 29 at its hub at 10 Davol Square. more
Four-year-old Cranston native Kyrie White was named the 2016 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ Rhode Island Champion for facing ongoing medical challenges with courage and strength. more
Lifespan, which is in the midst of crafting its fiscal 2017 budget, has hired FTI Consulting Health Solutions, a health care advisory firm described as having a track record of helping other organizations address fiscal challenges. more
If you haven’t been following the Obamacare news recently -- and given how much else has been going on, there’s a good chance you haven’t -- then you may have missed the news that insurers’ rate-increase requests for 2017 are quite large. more
More than $480,000 has been awarded by the Rhode Island Foundation in seed funding for 20 medical research projects. more
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