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Displaying items by tag: Michigan State Medical Society

Monday, 01 August 2022 17:16

Medical groups alarmed, seek guidance following latest abortion court ruling

The trade group representing more than 15,000 Michigan physicians is raising concerns for its members following a state Court of Appeals ruling allowing county prosecutors to pursue criminal charges in most abortion cases under a 1931 law.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:11

$200K grant to help Michigan State Medical Society address health care disparities

$200,000 grant will back a Michigan State Medical Society initiative that looks to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care across the state.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 07 April 2022 16:11

Whitmer signs health care prior authorization reforms into law

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that reforms how physicians and hospitals seek prior authorization from health insurers for patient care.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:30

Report: Michigan ranks nearly last in U.S. for health insurance competition

Michigan now ranks as the second-least competitive market in the nation for health coverage, a status that stems from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s long-held position as the leading insurer in the state.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 01 August 2021 17:24

Physician, health plan advocates optimistic about prior authorization reforms

Supporters are hopeful that a statewide bill to alter the process of doctors seeking prior authorization from insurers for patient care will become law this fall.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 20 June 2021 18:40

Priority Health portal designed to resolve tension between insurers, physicians

As state lawmakers consider more controls over prior authorizations that health insurers require before covering certain medical care, Priority Health has launched a new system designed to make the process easier for physicians.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 25 April 2021 17:40

New program to address burnout among health care workers

Burnout was already significant and growing in the medical profession when the COVID-19 pandemic hit and worsened the problem, pushing health systems and care providers to their limits for more than a year.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 25 April 2021 16:50

Investment helps Grand Rapids startup move medical device to market

GRAND RAPIDS — A $75,000 investment from an East Lansing-based early-stage investment fund helps move Airway Innovations LLC into the marketplace this spring with a new device to prevent patients from pulling out tracheal tubes.

Published in Health Care
Thursday, 30 July 2020 14:24

Report: Michigan hospitals take $1.1B hit from pandemic

Michigan hospitals took a $1.1 billion financial hit this spring from the COVID-19 pandemic, a cost that continues to grow.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 19 July 2020 18:07

Health leaders back Whitmer order to formalize implicit bias training

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent mandate for Michigan health care workers is already in practice at many hospitals and health systems to eliminate cultural biases that can affect care.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:07

Medical groups back mask mandate as COVID cases rise: ‘This is serious, but preventable’

As the state mandates face coverings for indoor public places and large outdoor gatherings, a coalition of health care organizations in Michigan urges residents to raise “their vigilance against COVID-19,” maintain distance from one another and to wear a mask.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 05 July 2020 17:02

Physicians group argues state surprise billing legislation offers ‘one-sided solution’

Bills to curb surprise medical billing in Michigan move forward in Lansing without the backing of physicians, who worry the proposed changes in state law would put them at a disadvantage when negotiating future reimbursement contracts with health insurance carriers.

Published in Health Care

Thursday, 21 May 2020 11:32

Whitmer to lift restrictions on medical procedures, allow retail to reopen by appointment

 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today further lifted restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a resumption of non-essential medical procedures starting May 29.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:00

Health systems face financial crisis brought on by pandemic

In normal times, Trinity Health’s seven hospitals across Michigan generate combined operating income of $9 million to $10 million a month.

Published in Health Care
Friday, 24 April 2020 12:00

Michigan enters ‘preliminary stage of economic re-engagement’

Michigan has hit the “preliminary stage of economic re-engagement,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said today after modifying and extending the state’s stay-at-home order through May 15.

Published in Economic Development

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, 10 November 2019 21:00

Closure of Grand Rapids facility fuels concern over medical device shortage

The stoppage of medical device sterilization at a Grand Rapids facility by the end of the year is adding to local and national concerns about the availability of critical health care equipment.

Published in Manufacturing
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, 29 September 2019 19:29

UP IN SMOKE? Local vape manufacturers unlikely to survive flavor ban

GRAND RAPIDS — Before Ron Pease became the CEO of Mister-E-Liquid LLC, a Grand Rapids-based manufacturer of e-liquid used in electronic cigarettes, he smoked a pack a day for 15 years. 

Published in Manufacturing
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, 06 January 2019 21:14

New law eases recertification requirements for some health care providers

Physicians practicing in three primary care areas no longer have to maintain board certification to earn or renew a medical license in Michigan, or to get paid by health insurers.

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, 14 January 2018 19:36

Report: Michigan physicians create $59.1 billion in economic impact

Physician practices in Michigan drive $59.1 billion in economic output and support more than 305,000 jobs, according to a new study from the American Medical Association.

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, 05 March 2017 20:01

Fund opens door to larger investments in health care startups

EAST LANSING — Early-stage investment fund Quantum Medical Concepts plans to invest larger amounts in health care startups after spinning off from its founding organization and securing an additional investment partner.

Published in Finance

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, 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, 15 May 2016 11:30

Q&A: Dr. David Krhovsky, President, Michigan State Medical Society

As he assumed the presidency of the Michigan State Medical Society for the next year, Dr. David Krhovsky preached of the need to “put patients in the center” of the state’s health care system. An anesthesiologist and vice president of medical affairs at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Dr. Krhovsky succeeded Dr. Rose Ramirez, a Belmont family physician, as the elected leader of the 15,000-member Medical Society. He spoke with MiBiz about the Medical Society’s top priorities for the year and the changes occurring today in medicine and health care.

Published in Q&A

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