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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.

After more than two decades of work in the field, Amy Ritsema wants to bring wellness into an industry that has not traditionally embraced the practice: trucking. A partner at OnSite Wellness, a Grand Rapids third-party wellness vendor, Ritsema sees the trucking and transportation industry as prime areas for wellness benefits to improve the health of drivers who often don’t live particularly healthy lifestyles.

Providing a financial reward for people to look up the cost of a medical test or procedure and then shop around for their care represents what one expert calls “the next frontier” in the push for price transparency in health care.

Spectrum Health plans to take a “very strong look” internally for a new chief executive at Priority Health. The Grand Rapids health system has placed a major emphasis in recent years on leadership development and succession planning. President and CEO Rick Breon wants first to look at who can move up into the top position at Priority Health, whose CEO, Mike Freed, retires early next year.

As reform alters the economic model for health care, Lorissa MacAllister sees changes as well in how new medical facilities are designed.

WYOMING, Mich. — Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan PC wants to develop a new medical office building that will provide it a home on the southwest side of Kent County and enable it to serve a growing patient base in that area.

WYOMING, Mich. — Metro Health walked away from a proposed joint venture with Community Health Systems Inc. after concluding late in the game that it was no longer the “right fit.”

The six Michigan health systems that aligned for a care network want to accelerate improvements in cost and quality by adopting and sharing common standards in an era of accountable care.

A small Kalamazoo-based venture capital fund focused on investing in medical device companies looks to close its round of fundraising by month’s end.

The value placed on Metro Health’s assets that would go to a proposed joint venture with Community Health Systems Inc. appears to be in line with the fair market value of the organization, according to an outside analysis.

It’s the money that matters. According to a new survey, the choice of doctors and hospitals appears secondary for many people who buy their own health coverage and opt for a lower premium.

Nearly a year and a half after publicly unveiling the preliminary plans, Mercy Health Muskegon is ready to seek approvals for a $271.2 million expansion and renovation project that would consolidate inpatient medical care at a single campus.

The Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine at Western Michigan University would acquire the assets of Southwest Michigan Innovation Center Inc. under a proposed deal now going through an extended approval process.

The next time you check in to a hospital, keep in mind the old line, “you don’t know where those hands have been.”

Created a year ago in the merger of two Michigan health information exchanges, Great Lakes Health Connect continues to reap the benefits of a strategy shared by its two founding organizations.

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