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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.

Mercy Health Muskegon plans to seek bids next spring on a $271.2 million expansion and renovation project that’s expected to draw high interest from contractors.

Calvin, GVSU, WMU partner in new rehab clinic

Written by | Sunday, 11 October 2015 17:17 |

A new rehabilitation clinic near Calvin College’s campus is the first of what Steve Vanderkamp believes could become multiple locations in the future in the Grand Rapids area.

A new business wants to tap into the agency model to offer more services to expecting mothers and their families.

The medical campus that Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital plan to develop in the Grand Haven area marks the first significant project since the two organizations signed a collaboration agreement more than a year and a half ago.

As it tries to fend off a hostile takeover bid by Mylan N.V., Perrigo Co. plc intends to push ahead with a growth strategy based on new product development and acquisitions.

Employers in West Michigan generally held firm this year in the health coverage they offer employees, incorporating only “mild” changes in benefits packages even as they continued to look for ways to curtail rising costs.

Mercy Health Saint Mary’s would become the first health system in West Michigan to offer an elective heart procedure under a change in state regulations.

In the pursuit of a healthy workforce, companies often create wellness challenges and offer some incentives for employees to eat well, get enough exercise and avoid smoking. But when nothing has changed at the end of the year, those same companies are left wondering where they went wrong.

High-deductible health plans have become a common offering over the last half-decade for employee health benefits because they offer cost savings through lower premiums and the potential to temper the long-term growth in employee medical claims.

After more than two decades of work in the field, Amy Ritsema wants to bring wellness into an industry that has not traditionally embraced the practice: trucking. A partner at OnSite Wellness, a Grand Rapids third-party wellness vendor, Ritsema sees the trucking and transportation industry as prime areas for wellness benefits to improve the health of drivers who often don’t live particularly healthy lifestyles.

Providing a financial reward for people to look up the cost of a medical test or procedure and then shop around for their care represents what one expert calls “the next frontier” in the push for price transparency in health care.

Spectrum Health plans to take a “very strong look” internally for a new chief executive at Priority Health. The Grand Rapids health system has placed a major emphasis in recent years on leadership development and succession planning. President and CEO Rick Breon wants first to look at who can move up into the top position at Priority Health, whose CEO, Mike Freed, retires early next year.

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