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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.

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.

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