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Priority Health became the first health plan in the nation to pay for a genetic test for people with complex cancers.

Operators of private health exchanges pitched them as a way for employers to better control their costs for coverage, reduce the administrative burden, and give employees more say in the benefits they want and need.

When Eric Achtyes returned to his hometown seven years ago, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services “really wasn’t doing any” research.

Q&A: Sheryl Lewis Blake

Written by | Sunday, 09 November 2014 22:00 |

Changes locally and across the country that put disproportionate pressures on rural health care providers led Pennock Health Services Inc. to seek a partnership with a larger organization.

Two efforts aim to address autism care in Michigan

Written by | Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:19 |

A story in the Oct. 27 edition of MiBiz looked at the 2012 state law that requires health insurers in Michigan to pay to assess, diagnose and treat children with autism.

Two years after Michigan enacted landmark legislation requiring health insurers to pay to treat autism, Phil Weaver is well aware of persistent bottlenecks that get in the way of children accessing treatment.

MPI Research Inc. plans to expand into early-stage clinical studies with the acquisition of the assets of Jasper Clinical Research and Development Inc. in Kalamazoo.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to review a $6.1 million judgment against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan over fees hidden in a self-insured contract with an auto supplier clears the way for several similar cases to proceed.

Pennock Health Services in Hastings could become the next community health system to affiliate with Grand Rapids-based Spectrum Health.

McLaren Health Care Inc.’s move to secure legislative approval to build a new $300 million hospital north of Detroit has once again generated support across the state for Michigan’s certificate-of-need regulations.

A new Medicare health plan for senior citizens in Kalamazoo and seven other counties builds on Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s push for localized products formed with care providers in specific markets.

The Alliance for Health, after more than six decades as a health care planning agency for West Michigan, has begun a charting a new course that may lead to it forming a private health insurance exchange to quote and market policies to member employers.

The Alliance for Health is undergoing what its board chairman calls a “redesigning” that will alter the organization’s functions.

An $8 million Health Sciences Center that opens this week gives Baker College of Muskegon added capacity and a modern facility to train students going into high-growth professions in health care.

If Muskegon and four other communities around the nation actually manage to find their Way to Wellville over the span of the five-year program, they could very well offer a national roadmap for attacking a fundamental cause of high health care costs.

One new journey toward improving the health and wellbeing of Muskegon County residents encompasses far more than creating greater access to medical care.

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