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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.

As reform alters the economic model for health care, Lorissa MacAllister sees changes as well in how new medical facilities are designed.

WYOMING, Mich. — Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan PC wants to develop a new medical office building that will provide it a home on the southwest side of Kent County and enable it to serve a growing patient base in that area.

WYOMING, Mich. — Metro Health walked away from a proposed joint venture with Community Health Systems Inc. after concluding late in the game that it was no longer the “right fit.”

The six Michigan health systems that aligned for a care network want to accelerate improvements in cost and quality by adopting and sharing common standards in an era of accountable care.

A small Kalamazoo-based venture capital fund focused on investing in medical device companies looks to close its round of fundraising by month’s end.

The value placed on Metro Health’s assets that would go to a proposed joint venture with Community Health Systems Inc. appears to be in line with the fair market value of the organization, according to an outside analysis.

It’s the money that matters. According to a new survey, the choice of doctors and hospitals appears secondary for many people who buy their own health coverage and opt for a lower premium.

Nearly a year and a half after publicly unveiling the preliminary plans, Mercy Health Muskegon is ready to seek approvals for a $271.2 million expansion and renovation project that would consolidate inpatient medical care at a single campus.

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