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Local health plans recognized for best practices

Written by | Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:46 |

An award-winning initiative by Priority Health takes medicine back to a past era. Known as home-based primary care, the initiative altered reimbursement criteria to pay for doctors, nurse practitioners and care managers from parent company Spectrum Health to provide care to the most chronically ill Medicare patients in their homes. 

In choosing a Tennessee-based health care giant as a potential partner, Metro Health Corp. found what President and CEO Mike Faas considers “in so many ways the perfect match.”

Research from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides the first glimpse into the monthly cost for health insurance policies sold on a federally operated online exchange set to launch this week.

Metro Health Corp. President and CEO Mike Faas hopes to close a deal to partner with Community Health Systems Inc. as early as the end of the year.

In a move that could create the first for-profit hospital in West Michigan, Metro Health Corp. plans to pursue a partnership with a health system in Tennessee that currently runs 135 community hospitals across the country.

As he prepares to become head of the Alliance for Health next summer, Paul Brand wants to put more emphasis on the “health” part of the organization’s name.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s plans to invest $47.5 million to upgrade its main hospital campus in Grand Rapids.

Spectrum Health plans to invest $48 million in capital over the next decade at Memorial Medical Center in Ludington under a merger agreement between the two organizations. 

More than two years after their parent health systems came together under the Mercy Health banner, physicians groups in Muskegon and Grand Rapids have united their organizations to better navigate the rapidly changing health care landscape.

The $42 million health campus planned in downtown Kalamazoo holds the potential to simultaneously address a number of issues for the project’s partners.

Q&A: Larry Burns, Varnum

Written by | Sunday, 04 August 2013 21:43 |

Michigan’s Public Health Code that regulates the licensing of health care professionals, facilities such as hospitals and nursing homes and capital projects by care providers is getting a review that could result in change. Leading the review is Larry Burns, a partner and health care attorney at Varnum LLP in Grand Rapids.

A new proposal to expand Medicaid in Michigan would steer the program even further toward the changes occurring in the private sector by placing greater emphasis on cost controls and incentives designed to encourage people to take care of their health.

After showing the ability to drive millions of dollars in cost savings at the primary-care level, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan now intends to expand its patient-centered medical home project to medical specialists and hospitals.

Bill Manns comes to Grand Rapids next month to become president at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s with a fundamental view of how health care providers need to operate in an era of reform.

The new chief executive for Mercy Health Saint Mary's in Grand Rapids returns to his home state from the West Coast.

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