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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.

The creation of a new Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan product specifically for Mercy Health patients in three West Michigan counties signifies an emerging change in working relations between insurers and health care providers.

As the number of open-heart procedures performed annually continues to decline, proposed updated rules for open-heart surgery in Michigan would usher in new quality measures for those hospitals that do the fewest procedures to meet.

Q&A: Dennis Litos, CEO of Consumers Mutual

Written by | Sunday, 23 June 2013 22:00 |

After securing approval from the state earlier this year, a new mutual health insurer is finalizing the health plans that it expects to bring to market this fall for individuals and small businesses.

West Michigan’s largest health care organization could change where it provides some forms of care under a new plan filed with the state.

Michigan companies will have an opportunity to be recognized for their healthy workplace practices in the second annual awards program for the wellness in the workplace.

Time is running out for employers to begin figuring out whether they must comply with a key provision in the Affordable Care Act.

The planned acquisition of Memorial Medical Center in Ludington further casts Spectrum Health’s net across West Michigan and is the latest local deal following a national trend in health care.

Already the leader in the sale of store-brand medications in the U.S., Perrigo Co. wants to grow sales by growing the market even further.

The days are numbered for the fee-for-service model in health care.

After being given the green light from parent corporation Trinity Health, Mercy Health Partners will now begin formulating final designs for a large project in Muskegon.

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