Health Care

Affiliating with the University of Michigan Health System would give Metro Health scale and the access to expertise and capital needed for breaking out of the shadows of its larger competitors in Grand Rapids.

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GRAND RAPIDS — The planned opening of two Florida centers this fall will mark the first steps in a national growth strategy for Grand Rapids-based Neurocore LLC in the years ahead.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley Health Corp.’s decision to get out of the HMO business follows continued losses and years of dwindling membership, combined with pressures brought on by the federal Affordable Care Act.

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It’s not as if the rising costs of health coverage went away, but for a few years the increases mitigated somewhat.

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Small businesses across West Michigan can generally expect to pay moderately more for employee health coverage next year.

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Employers who either want no part of wellness programs or have yet to jump onto the bandwagon remain among the solid majority in West Michigan.

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Hospitals across Michigan benefitted from the state’s expansion of Medicaid two years ago. 

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Setting aside their competitive tendencies, Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are working together with the federal agency that administers Medicare and Medicaid to test new ways to pay doctors and drive cost and quality improvements.

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ST. JOSEPH — A $160 million expansion and renovation this fall will modernize Lakeland Health’s main campus in St. Joseph, allowing it to operate as efficiently as possible and drive quality outcomes.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Two organizations that represent independent physicians in West Michigan could morph into a single new group they formed last year to give greater voice to doctors who operate their own medical practices.

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GRAND RAPIDS — When he graduated in 1990 from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Dr. Norman Beauchamp Jr. told himself he wanted to return some day to give back.

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An analysis of 2015 financial information shows the state’s expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare drove strong profits for one sector of the Michigan economy: health management organizations (HMOs). 

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A waste management system design unveiled in Grand Rapids this past May would enable hospitals world-wide to achieve a seemingly rare feat: saving money by embracing environmental stewardship.

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potential affiliation with Metro Health Corp. would give the University of Michigan Health System the role it’s long wanted in West Michigan.

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Michigan’s life sciences industry recorded growth in most sectors between 2012 and 2014 in both jobs and the number of businesses, according to a report from a national trade group.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan plans to ramp up a telemedicine service that enables members to connect electronically with physicians to discuss minor medical issues.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Five years after performing its first adult heart transplant, Spectrum Health not only treats more patients locally but also now looks to reach out to people in new markets.

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In the 13 years since she first passed her boards, Dr. Megan Edison has gone from “super proud” to frustrated.

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Cyber thieves are increasingly seeking to steal patient data from health care providers. 

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Employees enrolled in a wellness-based health plan offered by Priority Health cost 12 percent less to insure over a four-year period than those who had standard health coverage.

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Employees enrolled in a wellness-based health plan offered by Priority Health cost 12 percent less to insure over a four-year period than those who had standard health coverage.

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In 2015, Blue Care Network spent $55.4 million for just 712 members who each took a specialized drug to treat Hepatitis C.

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Bronson Healthcare Group’s second FastCare clinic in Southwest Michigan will add to the growing lineup of retail medical centers that offer convenient access to patients seeking treatment for minor conditions.

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Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and Holland Hospital can now treat heart patients they previously had to refer elsewhere for a procedure to clear clogged arteries.

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BATTLE CREEK — The former Southwest Regional Rehabilitation Center Inc. has settled claims that it improperly billed Medicare for care that was later ruled to be medically unnecessary.

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KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. is so confident about the efficacy and reliability of a new surgical safety device that it’s willing to issue a guarantee to hospitals that use it. 

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North Ottawa Community Health System and Mercy Health plan to work together under a new strategic alliance that executives say holds benefits for both health systems.

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A $50 million medical facility that Spectrum Health and Holland Hospital planned to develop in the Grand Haven area has drawn objections from community officials.

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GRAND RAPIDS — Backed by a recent $2 million capital raise, a startup Grand Rapids-based digital health company plans to expand its sales force and further develop its software that allows patients to receive virtual care at home. 

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Companies that have yet to offer a high-deductible health plan — at least as a benefit option — are now in the minority in America.

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Priority Health posted strong earnings and membership growth in 2015 for both its commercial and Medicaid health plans. 

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GRAND RAPIDS — A successful appeal by Spectrum Health to win tax-exempt status for a medical office building in Grand Rapids Charter Township could spur similar cases across West Michigan.

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GRAND RAPIDS — A key economic development program aimed at bolstering entrepreneurial activity in the Grand Rapids area will have a new administrator at the start of April.

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PORT SHELDON — A biotech startup will use $1 million in capital to pay for preclinical trials on an innovation it has developed for use in orthopedic surgeries.

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Medicaid and funding issues dominate the health care agenda in 2016 for advocacy groups in Lansing.

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new roadmap aims to reboot efforts to build Michigan’s life sciences industry and compete with similar clusters around the U.S. and the world.

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A large medical center proposed in Grand Haven follows a steady, decade-long transformation of the health care marketplace in communities along the lakeshore in western Ottawa County.

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The six independent health systems behind a new clinical care network across Michigan want to bring on more partners.

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At $271.2 million, the expansion and renovation at Mercy Health’s Hackley Hospital campus in Muskegon stands as one of the largest health care projects in Michigan today.

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Mike Damstra’s chance to fill a gap in his company’s service footprint along the lakeshore arose last year when North Ottawa Community Health System came knocking.

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Two months after fending off a hostile takeover bid, Perrigo Co. plc raised its earnings expectations for 2016, a byproduct of projected growth and a cost-cutting plan the company launched last fall.

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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.

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