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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:24

Whitmer eases path for hospitals to add capacity amid coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Gretchen Whitemer’s latest executive order on the coronavirus pandemic would give hospitals greater ability to ramp up capacity and open temporary centers to care for a surge in patients.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 16 February 2020 19:10

Legislation would enshrine key provisions of ACA in state law

Core elements of the federal Affordable Care Act could become state law if legislators in Lansing enact proposals backed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 26 January 2020 17:17

Michigan drivers unfamiliar with July 1 changes to auto no-fault insurance

Few Michigan drivers understand the changes coming at midyear in the state’s automotive no-fault insurance law that will require them to choose the level of medical coverage.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 06 December 2019 11:14

State Legislature considers bills to significantly change health care certificate of need regs

Michigan’s certification-of-need regulations for health care projects could undergo significant changes under legislation proposed in Lansing.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 10 November 2019 13:23

Health care providers retool prescription practices in shift away from opioids

When Dr. Lynda Hulst went to work at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital 18 months ago, patients typically waited a month to get into its chronic pain management program.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 03 November 2019 14:52

Advocates back bill to curtail prior authorization by health insurers

Believing the pendulum has swung too far and often results in delays for patient care, physicians want state legislators to curtail the ability of health insurers to require prior authorization to cover a medical test, procedure or medication.

Published in Health Care


Sunday, 15 September 2019 16:30

Legislation targets surprise medical billing

Legislation coming up for consideration in Lansing aims to alleviate so-called “surprise billing” in health care.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 18 August 2019 17:45

HEALTH CARE: Medical groups work to keep public informed of marijuana’s effect on health

As the state begins to implement new laws allowing adult recreational marijuana use, the Michigan State Medical Society wants a voice in the process.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

HealthBridge raises $8.2M to continue scaling operations

GRAND RAPIDS — As more employers shift to high-deductible health plans, hospitals and doctors have wrestled with collecting the portion of the bill from patients who have not yet met their deductibles. 

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:17

Push to reform state auto no-fault re-emerges in Lansing

Reforming Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system remains a high priority in Lansing after a proposal during the 2018 lame-duck legislative failed to gain the support needed to pass. State House leaders this month, soon after convening the new legislative session, formed a special committee to look at no-fault reform, and the first bill introduced in the Senate offers a basic outline for reforms.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 23 December 2018 16:12

Crystal Ball 2019 Health Care Outlook: Transparency, escalating drug costs among top issues for 2019

Health care goes into 2019 facing many of the same issues and trends that have been driving industry change in recent years: the movement to value-based contracting, more use of telemedicine, growing concerns about cybersecurity, and greater price and cost transparency for consumers.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 11 November 2018 19:48

Pine Rest broadens access to psychiatric care with new center

GRAND RAPIDS — The psychiatric urgent care center that Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services plans to open next spring represents the first step toward broadening access to behavioral health care across West Michigan.

Published in Health Care


Saturday, 09 June 2018 13:05

State bill to license genetic counselors advances through Legislature

Michigan would join nearly twodozen other states and begin regulating the emerging field of genetic counseling under a bill moving through the Legislature. 

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:12

State legislation to add work requirements to Medicaid

Business advocates in Lansing say legislation to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients could offer a boost to the labor pool in Michigan during times of low unemployment.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 04 March 2018 18:25

Medical Society opposes bill easing process to obtain out-of-state medical license

The largest organization representing Michigan doctors is opposing legislation that would create a new way for physicians in the state to obtain medical licenses in other states to practice telemedicine.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:59

New online database offers real-time data for Michigan health care consumers

Transparency in health care in Michigan took a step forward with the launch of yet another online database for patients across the state to look up hospital data.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 24 December 2017 16:59

ACA likely to remain law, but opponents will continue chipping away

The Affordable Care Act withstood repeal efforts in Congress in 2017 and remains law, which has industry watchers doubting we’ll see another full-scale push to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care policy.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 12 November 2017 15:48

Michigan’s small group health insurance market stabilizes

Health insurance rates for small businesses in 2018 stand in sharp contrast to the state of the individual market in Michigan.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:24

Michigan’s $35 billion health care industry continues to grow

Employment in Michigan’s health care sector grew steadily during the first half of the decade, reaching nearly 588,000 jobs as of 2015 and generating an economic impact of about $35 billion.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 14 May 2017 13:22

Lawmakers hope mandatory use of drug-monitoring system could curb opioid abuse

Legislation requiring doctors to use a state-run drug-monitoring system before prescribing a controlled substance represents the “start of a journey” to address the opioid epidemic in Michigan.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 26 March 2017 15:51

With GOP bill dead on arrival, Michigan health care industry insiders push for tweaks to ACA

Now that the Affordable Care Act will remain the law of the land, Dominick Pallone would like to see Congress and President Trump work to improve the federal health reform law.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:17

Report: Michigan hospitals in distressed areas score lower on quality

Michigan hospitals serving distressed areas tend to earn lower quality scores. 

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 04 September 2016 02:57

Shortfall in Medicaid payments to hospitals lessens impact of gains, groups say

Hospitals across Michigan benefitted from the state’s expansion of Medicaid two years ago. 

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 04 September 2016 02:46

Roundtable: Health care industry braces for issues related to cost, quality and the ACA

It’s not as if the rising costs of health coverage went away, but for a few years the increases mitigated somewhat.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:09

Bill would ease process for doctors to maintain certification

In the 13 years since she first passed her boards, Dr. Megan Edison has gone from “super proud” to frustrated.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 06 March 2016 15:05

Health care groups prioritize insurance claims assessments, funding issues

Medicaid and funding issues dominate the health care agenda in 2016 for advocacy groups in Lansing.

Published in Health Care
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