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Federal rules issued this summer widen an avenue for small businesses to offer employee health benefits by making it easier for them to unite to form an association health plan.

Bill Manns’ pending departure from Mercy Health Saint Mary’s to run sister hospitals in Southeast Michigan came about as the result of both a professional and personal decision.

Q&A: Guylaine Donavan - Vice President, Hylant

Written by | Saturday, 15 September 2018 21:55 |

More than 2,600 Michigan residents died in 2017 from an opioid overdose. That’s an increase of more than 80 percent over the last five years, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationally, the CDC reports that more than 42,000 people died in 2016 from drug overdoses that involved opioids, obtained both legally and illegally. Benefits firm Hylant Group Inc. recently published a risk assessment scorecard on opioids for employers. MiBiz spoke with Guylaine Donavan, a client executive and vice president at Hylant’s Grand Rapids office, about the opioid epidemic.

WYOMING — Dr. Peter Hahn brings a first to the CEO position at Metro Health – University of Michigan Health System: a background as a physician.

GRAND RAPIDS — A new business arm gives Spectrum Health the ability to delve deeper into commercializing medical innovations alongside other health systems across the nation.

Before Spectrum Health grew into what it has become today, Rick Breon first had to tackle a fundamental issue that he saw standing in the way: culture.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health and a Colorado company have reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit over use of the MedNow name for telehealth services.

Spectrum Health is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Denver-area company that alleged the West Michigan-based MedNow telemedicine service infringes on its trademark.

GRAND HAVEN — A deal for North Ottawa Community Health System’s medical group raises Mercy Health’s presence in the growing Ottawa County market where it’s been investing for a few years.

Health insurance premiums for many small employers would dip in 2019 under rate proposals filed with state regulators.

GRAND RAPIDS — After building a solid membership base in the first year, Spectrum Health wants to grow its downtown primary care practice by appealing directly to employers.

LANSING — The Michigan Retailers Association wanted to offer its members a way to keep good employees in an industry that frequently struggles with high turnover.

ST. JOSEPH — Knowing the business wouldn’t get any easier, directors at Lakeland Health decided the best route into the future was to pursue a deal with another health system.

GRAND RAPIDS — Tina Freese Decker takes over as president and CEO at Spectrum Health later this summer as the health care industry adapts to a combination of changes. 

Spectrum Health’s potential acquisition of Lakeland Health could possibly provide a boost for Priority Health to pick up business in the Southwest Michigan market. 

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