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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. 

HUDSONVILLE — The newest Meijer Inc. store in West Michigan includes a first for the region: a retail-based medical clinic operated by Spectrum Health.

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth. 

Zapping the germs

Written by | Saturday, 07 July 2018 13:43 |

UV Partners Inc. developed a device that targets one of the most stubborn problems in health care: infections acquired in the hospital that sicken or kill thousands of patients annually. When Nelson Jacobson and executives at JSJ Corp. met last year with their counterparts at UV Partners, he quickly saw the device’s market potential. 

Chris Blanker has acquired the assets of Michigan Instruments in Grand Rapids.

Priority Health’s drive for greater consumerism in health care moved another step ahead in recent months with the addition of prescription drugs to the insurer’s online cost estimator. 

Rates for 2019 individual health insurance policies for Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offer a stark contrast to prior years, as well as national averages for policy rate increases.

Michigan would join nearly twodozen other states and begin regulating the emerging field of genetic counseling under a bill moving through the Legislature. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has committed $7.5 million to a new Chicago-based venture capital fund that backs emerging heath care technologies.

A massive, 10-year national initiative that includes Spectrum Health seeks to change how patients are cared for in America. The National Institutes for Health’s All of Us Research Program seeks to enroll more than 1 million adults and collect information on their health, environment and lifestyles. The program gives researchers and care providers a vast pool of data on what influences human health. The NIH wants to create a research model that accelerates “precision medicine,” where wellness strategies, medical treatments and disease management programs are tailored to the individual and what works best in each specific case. Spectrum Health is one of two organizations in Michigan along with Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System that is partnering with about 100 groups in All of Us, which begins enrolling participants this summer. Dave Chesla, director of research operations at Spectrum Health, spoke with MiBiz about the research project.

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