Health Care

Michigan slipped six spots in RAND Corp.’s latest analysis of what hospitals in the U.S. charge private health insurers compared to what they receive from Medicare.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services’ psychiatric urgent care center has served more than 13,500 patients since opening in 2019, a volume that exceeded expectations and accelerated as the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on mental health.

Michigan ranked fifth in the nation for patient safety as more than three-quarters of hospitals in the state received an “A” or a “B” grade, according to the latest installment of a semi-annual report card.

GRAND RAPIDS — More than a decade after performing the first adult heart transplant in Grand Rapids, Spectrum Health West Michigan wants to extend the procedure to children.

The union representing registered nurses at Trinity Health Muskegon has agreed to terms on a new contract with the health system that will pay them higher wages as well as retention and other one-time bonuses.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health recorded a smaller bottom line for 2021 as health systems nationally were ailing from COVID-19 case surges and staff shortages that drove up labor costs. 

 A Q&A with Dr. Scott Betzelos, chief medical officer and vice president of HMO strategy and affordability at Blue Care Network

The merger between Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health created a larger network from which Scott McLean can source deals.

Anew partnership between Grand Valley State University and BHSH System to increase the talent pipeline for nurses could lead to a series of similar efforts as health care and higher education officials seek to resolve an urgent staffing crisis.

ALLENDALE — University of Michigan Health-West has opened a new outpatient medical center in Allendale.

Hospitals, physician groups and other care facilities owned and operated by Trinity Health in Michigan will change their names as the health system transitions to a common brand identity.

GRAND RAPIDS — BHSH System will put $19 million toward increasing the talent pipeline for nurses who earn their degree at Grand Valley State University, officials announced today.

Bringing North Ottawa Community Health System into the family would give Mercy Health a larger base in an Ottawa County market that was once the home of three independent community hospitals and has become a battleground for far bigger competitors.

University of Michigan Health-West remains on track to perform its first open-heart surgery by late fall.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed legislation that reforms how physicians and hospitals seek prior authorization from health insurers for patient care.

CALEDONIA — Aspen Surgical Products Inc. has received additional capital from Boston-based Audax Private Equity to support further growth.

Executives at North Ottawa Community Health System and Trinity Health, the Livonia-based parent company of Mercy Health, have signed a non-binding letter of intent to explore the potential of a merger between the two systems.

Michigan Professional Insurance Exchange, a Grand Rapids-based provider of professional medical liability coverage for health systems and care providers, has signed an agreement to sell to a Minnesota company.

With the financial backing of several Michigan-based health care companies, generic drug manufacturer CivicaRx is preparing to produce low-cost insulin within the next two years.

GRAND HAVEN —  North Ottawa Community Health System would become part of Trinity Health, the parent company of Mercy Health in West Michigan, if the two are able to finalize a merger agreement that was announced today.

HOLLAND — Holland Hospital has put in motion an executive leadership succession plan while looking to extend its position in the lakeshore health care market and to build clinical services through partnerships with University of Michigan Health-West.

State legislation drafted to streamline North Ottawa Community Health System’s ability to pursue a merger with a larger health system also could affect several other community hospitals across Michigan.

Legislation proposed in Congress would cap customers’ monthly out-of-pocket cost for insulin at $35, an idea President Joe Biden supported in his recent State of the Union address.

Mercy Health and a Pennsylvania operator of psychiatric hospitals could get final approval soon to build a new inpatient facility in Kent County.

Grand Valley State University will expand its applied Medical Device Institute with help from $1 million in federal funding.

LANSING — Legislation to reform the process when physicians and hospitals seek prior authorization from health insurers for patient care cleared another hurdle toward eventual passage.

HOLLAND — Seeking to maintain continuity in the years ahead, Holland Hospital will elevate senior executives to new leadership positions.

Proposed legislation in Lansing would streamline the process for North Ottawa Community Health System in Grand Haven, and potentially other Michigan community hospitals, to partner with a larger health system.

new system to help patients more easily renew prescription medication by phone that also saves staff time and avoids delays at University of Michigan Health-West is the result of the health system’s recent employee pitch competition. 

Costs to test, treat and vaccinate members for COVID-19 drove sharp earnings declines last year for Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and both intend to work ongoing pandemic-related expenses into their rate requests for next year.

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercy Health Saint Mary’s has named Dr. Brandon Francis as chief medical officer.

The high cost of medical claims tied to the COVID-19 pandemic drove Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to a loss in 2021 on its core health insurance business.

ALLEGAN — Perrigo Co. plc gained momentum toward the end of 2021 as sales in its key cough and cold medication segment rebounded and the company moves forward as a consumer self-care company.

Anthony Chang was unfamiliar with Grand Rapids when he was invited to a recruiting tour for the Van Andel Institute while studying as a graduate student at the University of Texas’ Health Science Center at San Antonio.

The sale last year of two portfolio companies marked the first exits for The 4100 Group Inc., the investment arm of dental insurer Delta Dental of Michigan and its Ohio counterpart.

The $300 million that state lawmakers recently appropriated to help health care providers attract and retain workers amid an acute staffing shortage could begin flowing by early spring.

Directors at Catherine’s Health Center in Grand Rapids appointed Megan Erskine as CEO. Erskine will join the nonprofit health care provider on April 12 after her tenure with Heartland Health Centers in Chicago, where she served as chief operating officer. 

The recent merger between Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health creates the potential for Priority Health to make deeper inroads in the Southeast Michigan health insurance market.

Grand Rapids’ Spectrum Health launched its new integrated health system with Beaumont Health on Tuesday, Feb. 1.

BHSH System is a name that doesn’t exactly roll right off the tongue.

Legislation allocating $1.2 billion in pandemic relief funding that’s now headed to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for her signature includes $300 million to help health care providers retain and attract staff.

COVID-19 hospitalizations across Michigan declined again during the last week, continuing a trend after peaking about a month ago.

The new health system that Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health plan to launch Tuesday will have considerable market clout in the Michigan health care market, raising concerns about the potential effect on costs.

Spectrum Health and Beaumont Health intend to close their blockbuster merger on Tuesday.

Incidents of abuse and violence against health care workers already occurred at an alarming frequency two years ago.

West Michigan hospitals are delaying care, shifting staff and repurposing spaces — among other measures — in response to the latest COVID-19 surge that’s pushing systems and workers. 

 Hospitals and their medical personnel who are already deeply strained from high patient volumes face an even tougher time in the weeks ahead as COVID-19 cases rise and hospitalizations reach new peaks.

Business advocates hailed Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that halted President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger employers.