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This year’s edition of the Health Check report by Grand Valley State University affirms many of the trends that have been occurring in the health care industry indeed are happening in West Michigan.

Armed with a new analysis that shows wide disparities in the costs of treatments in urban and rural areas in West Michigan, insurers now have an opportunity to examine the causes of those variances.

An aging population and growing demand for services gave a Muskegon-area senior care provider the opportunity to expand and extend its care model into southern Ottawa County.

Tetra Discovery Partners LLC moves into clinical trials early next year, beginning the next leg of a journey to develop a new drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

As she transitions next month to chief executive of one of the state’s largest health insurers, Joan Budden wants to reach out to clients and care providers to get their view of how Priority Health is doing.

An agreement with a Canadian company will significantly expand sales and marketing efforts for Armune Bioscience Inc. and its new blood test for prostate cancer that hit the market this year. Under the co-marketing deal, Quebec City-based Aeterna Zenteris Inc. will market Armune’s Apifiny blood test alongside its own products as it meets with health systems and large medical groups across the U.S. 

Hospital systems across West Michigan increasingly have turned to telemedicine to provide broader access to health care and better connect doctors to patients. Under Spectrum Health’s MedNow virtual health service, a patient can connect with a Spectrum Health doctor for an online video visit for minor or low-acuity medical conditions such as a cold, the flu or a rash.

Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital have expanded their development plans for a medical campus in Grand Haven to include a new outpatient surgical center

Business owners who offer health insurance to employees need to pay attention to the grades hospitals receive for quality and patient safety. That’s according to Brett Jackson, the president of Economic Alliance for Michigan, a labor-business coalition.

Advocates say legislation pending in Lansing would make it easier for health plans to craft new products that incorporate wellness incentives into policies to encourage people to take better care of their health.

Perrigo Co. plc President John Hendrickson offers a clear message to his counterparts at Mylan N.V. regarding their proposed $27.1 billion hostile takeover of the over-the-counter medication manufacturer. “Get away from our business. You don’t know how to run the business that we are in,” he said.

A partnership between three community colleges and Grand Rapids-area care providers brings a traditional model for training talent into a new area: health care.

The state will maintain the present definition of what constitutes a small employer for health benefits in Michigan, avoiding the need for businesses with 51 to 100 employees to possibly alter their insurance coverage.

GRAND RAPIDS — No matter what happens with a Grand Rapids consortium that coordinates the placement of medical residents in the area, Aron Sousa intends to maintain a focus on students.

Citing a need to change how new doctors are trained, Spectrum Health wants to launch its own medical residency program. The move is prompted by an impasse in efforts to alter an existing partnership with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, which sees the changes Spectrum Health wants as an attempt to wrest control of Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners.

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