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Business owners who offer health insurance to employees need to pay attention to the grades hospitals receive for quality and patient safety. That’s according to Brett Jackson, the president of Economic Alliance for Michigan, a labor-business coalition.

Advocates say legislation pending in Lansing would make it easier for health plans to craft new products that incorporate wellness incentives into policies to encourage people to take better care of their health.

Perrigo Co. plc President John Hendrickson offers a clear message to his counterparts at Mylan N.V. regarding their proposed $27.1 billion hostile takeover of the over-the-counter medication manufacturer. “Get away from our business. You don’t know how to run the business that we are in,” he said.

A partnership between three community colleges and Grand Rapids-area care providers brings a traditional model for training talent into a new area: health care.

GRAND RAPIDS — No matter what happens with a Grand Rapids consortium that coordinates the placement of medical residents in the area, Aron Sousa intends to maintain a focus on students.

The state will maintain the present definition of what constitutes a small employer for health benefits in Michigan, avoiding the need for businesses with 51 to 100 employees to possibly alter their insurance coverage.

Citing a need to change how new doctors are trained, Spectrum Health wants to launch its own medical residency program. The move is prompted by an impasse in efforts to alter an existing partnership with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, which sees the changes Spectrum Health wants as an attempt to wrest control of Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners.

Mercy Health Muskegon plans to seek bids next spring on a $271.2 million expansion and renovation project that’s expected to draw high interest from contractors.

Calvin, GVSU, WMU partner in new rehab clinic

Written by | Sunday, 11 October 2015 17:17 |

A new rehabilitation clinic near Calvin College’s campus is the first of what Steve Vanderkamp believes could become multiple locations in the future in the Grand Rapids area.

A new business wants to tap into the agency model to offer more services to expecting mothers and their families.

The medical campus that Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital plan to develop in the Grand Haven area marks the first significant project since the two organizations signed a collaboration agreement more than a year and a half ago.

As it tries to fend off a hostile takeover bid by Mylan N.V., Perrigo Co. plc intends to push ahead with a growth strategy based on new product development and acquisitions.

Employers in West Michigan generally held firm this year in the health coverage they offer employees, incorporating only “mild” changes in benefits packages even as they continued to look for ways to curtail rising costs.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s would become the first health system in West Michigan to offer an elective heart procedure under a change in state regulations.

In the pursuit of a healthy workforce, companies often create wellness challenges and offer some incentives for employees to eat well, get enough exercise and avoid smoking. But when nothing has changed at the end of the year, those same companies are left wondering where they went wrong.

High-deductible health plans have become a common offering over the last half-decade for employee health benefits because they offer cost savings through lower premiums and the potential to temper the long-term growth in employee medical claims.

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