HR consulting firm Mercer’s annual cost survey shows employers across Michigan paid an average of 4.7 percent more for employee health benefits in 2019. Employers expect 2020 costs to increase another 5.3 percent, provided they maintain the same benefit level, and 3.6 percent if they make changes to their health plans.

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Frank Sardone departs Bronson Healthcare at the end of the year, ending 31 years with the Kalamazoo health system, the last 23 as its president and CEO. He prepares to retire as Bronson Healthcare undertakes major capital projects that include a new $22 million hospital in South Haven and a $60 million outpatient cancer pavilion in downtown Kalamazoo.

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Marianne Udow-Phillips considers the last few years an “interesting time in health care because it’s always hard to predict exactly what’s going to happen” under President Donald Trump. The executive director of the Ann Arbor-based Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, Udow-Phillips hopes that what happens in 2020 is a greater push to better controlling ever-rising costs in health care. 

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GRAND RAPIDS — The Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) has agreed to pay $5.5 million to resolve allegations that it failed to disclose on federal grant applications that Chinese government grants that funded two of its researchers, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan wants to extend a new payment model across the state that both rewards and penalizes physicians and hospitals for beating or missing cost and quality targets.

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Aspen Surgical acquires medical device maker

CALEDONIA — Private equity-backed Aspen Surgical Inc. has acquired a Redmond, Wash.-based orthopedic products manufacturer. 

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

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Even before Spectrum Health acquired Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, the Spectrum-owned Priority Health was making inroads in Southwest Michigan.

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Creating the new role of chief medical officer positions Hope Network to better meet the major trends occurring in health care today as well as to craft new partnerships with care providers.

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Forming a Medicare Advantage plan with Mercy Health gives Health Alliance Plan of Michigan a position in West Michigan that will lead to the company offering commercial health coverage in the market, MiBiz has learned.

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