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Priority Health has another way for members to calculate what an upcoming medical test or procedure will cost, and then maybe shop around for a better bargain.

A $66.4 million expansion and renovation project provides Mary Free Rehabilitation Hospital the space to grow and to become a national destination for care.

Metro Health Corp.’s proposed deal with Community Health Systems Inc. would bring to Grand Rapids a major new player in health care that has the means to alter the competitive landscape.

Research indicating the start of a migration by West Michigan small businesses away from offering group health coverage stems in part from the option now available for individuals to buy coverage on their own through public health exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act.

West Michigan for years has been touted as a market that offers high-quality health care at a lower cost than many other regions of the state or the nation.

Bringing West Michigan Heart fully into Spectrum Health’s physician group comes with a new emphasis on improving the cost of cardiac care as health care undergoes a shift in its long-held economic model.

Both sides remain hopeful that they can reach an agreement within the next month that would keep Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo and sister hospitals in Paw Paw and Battle Creek in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s care network.

Two major ACA requirements take effect in 2015

Written by | Sunday, 04 January 2015 21:00 |

The new year rings in two major requirements for employers to follow under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The addition of a half-dozen hospitals into value-based reimbursement contracts furthers Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s ongoing transition to a model that bases payments to care providers on quality rather than on the number of procedures they perform.

Citing low sales and an inability to attract venture capital investors, Spectrum Health is shutting down a technology company that developed a mobile application to better care for patients with chronic medical conditions.

Battle Creek Unlimited is working with Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Hospital to market the 40,000-square-foot, two-story facility and the surrounding five acres. Developed in 2005, the campus sports a “beautiful park-like setting,” said Southwest Regional CEO Kevin Arnold.

Priority Health continued strong earnings growth in 2014 as net income through the third quarter exceeded all of the previous year.

A federal lawsuit against Honeywell International Inc. illustrates the need for employers to tread carefully when incorporating rewards or penalties in their employee wellness program, experts say.

Metro Health’s chief executive says the departure of seven senior executives this fall stems from a restructuring that better positions the health system’s administrative team for an eventual deal with Community Health Systems Inc. that’s been in the works for more than a year.

Southwest Regional Rehab Center to close operations

Written by | Thursday, 04 December 2014 13:34 |

Trustees at the 26-bed rehab hospital voted Wednesday to cease operations, citing policy changes and reduced reimbursement payments from Medicare and Medicaid and steadily declining patient volumes.

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