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Nearly one in five Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan members had a prescription for an opioid filled in 2015. The dispensing rate nationally was higher, at 21.4 percent. Between 2010 and 2016, the 36 Blue Cross Blue Shield plans across the U.S. recorded a 493-percent spike in enrollees diagnosed with a disorder associated with opioid use. Those statistics from the Chicago-based Blue Cross Blue Shield Association reflect the opioid epidemic in America that in 2016 resulted in more than 33,000 overdose deaths. MiBiz spoke with Jody Gembarski, a pharmacy manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan who oversees its controlled substance work group, to discuss the association’s analysis and the role the state’s largest health insurer has in responding to the epidemic.

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Federal lawmakers need to focus on what’s driving health care costs in America that in turn contributes to the rising cost of health coverage.

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The heightened use of cheaper generic drugs has not been enough to stem the rising costs of prescription medication for Americans. 

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What one Grand Rapids-area physician considers a form of “extortion,” others see as a necessary way to gauge how well doctors keep up with modern medicine.

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The board of directors for MSU Federal Credit Union (MSUFCU) today announced its plans to open a branch in downtown Grand Rapids later this year.

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GRAND RAPIDS — A year ago, Joe Brennan felt excited when Spectrum Health’s MedNow recorded 50 patient visits a week as people started to use the telemedicine service.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan credits closer ties with doctors and hospitals to drive efficiency and quality improvements with leading to lower rates for small businesses.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan made $122 million in 2016 across all of its businesses, although the state’s largest health insurer again lost money on health insurance policies.

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West Michigan’s cost advantages for health care services may be eroding.

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Two Grand Rapids care providers have rolled out new initiatives that further expand telehealth offerings.

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