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WEST MICHIGAN — Rarely does a hospital CEO welcome the opportunity to have fewer beds filled with patients and perform fewer diagnostic tests.

It seems counter to one's business interests. Yet Roger Spoelman is outright excited about that prospect occurring under a new deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that bases payments to hospitals and doctors on how well they do their jobs — including keeping people out of the hospital.

Trinity Health executive Roger Spoelman's excitement over empty hospital beds might seem odd. After a recent agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Trinity will be paid based on performance, not on a fee-for-service model. The move has the potential to curb rising health care costs by better managing care, especially for high-cost conditions.

Cardiac patients are nearly three times more likely to undergo heart angioplasty if they live in St. Joseph than if they were in Grand Rapids and more than twice as likely than if they were in Muskegon.

Researchers behind that finding say it illustrates the difference in how health care varies across Michigan based on local practices. They also say it illustrates the need for a greater focus on when and why specific medical procedures are performed.

WEST MICHIGAN — Just like other health care providers, Holland Hospital always pursued a goal of continuous improvement in the quality of the care it provides.

After finally securing insurance coverage to treat children with autism, advocates and care providers now need to work to develop a much broader care network to ensure the promise of their legislative victory comes true in the years ahead.

State to encourage companies to act on obesity

Written by | Wednesday, 18 April 2012 09:53 |

WEST MICHIGAN — A plan coming soon from Lansing will seek to marshal forces and encourage more employers to jump into the wellness movement to counter Michigan’s burgeoning obesity rate that’s costing businesses heavy dollars.

The life cycle of a life sciences company

Written by | Monday, 16 April 2012 10:21 |

Seated at his desk at Borgess Heart Institute last month, Dr. Tim Fischell remembers the “a-ha moment” that launched what would become Ostial Solutions LLC.

Employers have many questions they need to answer as health care reform brings massive changes to how employers buy their employee health coverage.

Priority, Blue Cross profitable in 2011

Written by | Thursday, 12 April 2012 11:01 |

Priority Health reversed its financial performance in 2011 and returned to the black, while Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recorded a small profit.

The sweeping federal health care reform law and the formation of health exchanges could significantly change how individuals and small businesses will buy health coverage.

Two of Michigan’s largest health insurers are busy preparing for the onslaught of changes to the nation’s health care system as the start date fast approaches for many provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Companies in West Michigan know how to bend metal and to do plastic injection molding, but the region’s manufacturers are no one-trick ponies: They’re increasingly trying to diversify into a range of industries, including medical devices.

In putting a solid stake in the ground in Grand Rapids, Great Lakes Specialty Hospital sees the potential to treat a greater number of patients in West Michigan who need extended hospital care before they move into rehabilitation, a nursing home or go home.

Q&A: Rob DeWit

Written by | Friday, 23 March 2012 09:26 |

After two decades in R&D at Upjohn, Pharmacia and Pfizer, Rob DeWit in 2009 joined the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center to help keep scientific talent in the region and grow the state’s life science base. The Michigan Strategic Fund in January awarded SMIC a $600,000 grant. While he said he wasn’t ready to get into the specifics of how those funds will be implemented, DeWit met with MiBiz to discuss the life sciences and the sector’s role in the state’s economy.

The recent addition of a small surgical practice that boosts the physician lineup at Lakeshore Health Partners follows a major trend within health care. A litany of forces has increasingly led physicians to opt to become employed by a large medical group practice or health system, enabling them to leave behind the growing administrative burdens of running a private practice in an age of health care reform.

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