Health Care

Before Spectrum Health grew into what it has become today, Rick Breon first had to tackle a fundamental issue that he saw standing in the way: culture.

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health and a Colorado company have reached an agreement to settle a federal lawsuit over use of the MedNow name for telehealth services.

Spectrum Health is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Denver-area company that alleged the West Michigan-based MedNow telemedicine service infringes on its trademark.

GRAND HAVEN — A deal for North Ottawa Community Health System’s medical group raises Mercy Health’s presence in the growing Ottawa County market where it’s been investing for a few years.

Health insurance premiums for many small employers would dip in 2019 under rate proposals filed with state regulators.

GRAND RAPIDS — After building a solid membership base in the first year, Spectrum Health wants to grow its downtown primary care practice by appealing directly to employers.

LANSING — The Michigan Retailers Association wanted to offer its members a way to keep good employees in an industry that frequently struggles with high turnover.

ST. JOSEPH — Knowing the business wouldn’t get any easier, directors at Lakeland Health decided the best route into the future was to pursue a deal with another health system.

GRAND RAPIDS — Tina Freese Decker takes over as president and CEO at Spectrum Health later this summer as the health care industry adapts to a combination of changes. 

Spectrum Health’s potential acquisition of Lakeland Health could possibly provide a boost for Priority Health to pick up business in the Southwest Michigan market. 

HUDSONVILLE — The newest Meijer Inc. store in West Michigan includes a first for the region: a retail-based medical clinic operated by Spectrum Health.

GRAND RAPIDS — Creating a level playing field for people of color in Michigan who want to pursue careers in the health care sector will lay the foundation for their success and the state’s future economic growth. 

UV Partners Inc. developed a device that targets one of the most stubborn problems in health care: infections acquired in the hospital that sicken or kill thousands of patients annually. When Nelson Jacobson and executives at JSJ Corp. met last year with their counterparts at UV Partners, he quickly saw the device’s market potential. 

Chris Blanker has acquired the assets of Michigan Instruments in Grand Rapids.

Priority Health’s drive for greater consumerism in health care moved another step ahead in recent months with the addition of prescription drugs to the insurer’s online cost estimator. 

Rates for 2019 individual health insurance policies for Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan offer a stark contrast to prior years, as well as national averages for policy rate increases.

Michigan would join nearly twodozen other states and begin regulating the emerging field of genetic counseling under a bill moving through the Legislature. 

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has committed $7.5 million to a new Chicago-based venture capital fund that backs emerging heath care technologies.

A massive, 10-year national initiative that includes Spectrum Health seeks to change how patients are cared for in America. The National Institutes for Health’s All of Us Research Program seeks to enroll more than 1 million adults and collect information on their health, environment and lifestyles. The program gives researchers and care providers a vast pool of data on what influences human health. The NIH wants to create a research model that accelerates “precision medicine,” where wellness strategies, medical treatments and disease management programs are tailored to the individual and what works best in each specific case. Spectrum Health is one of two organizations in Michigan along with Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System that is partnering with about 100 groups in All of Us, which begins enrolling participants this summer. Dave Chesla, director of research operations at Spectrum Health, spoke with MiBiz about the research project.

GRAND RAPIDS — A deal with a business unit of national commercial health insurance carrier Cigna Corp. enables Priority Health to offer employers with employees outside of Michigan a far broader care network. 

GRAND RAPIDS — A physical therapy provider with nationwide growth plans now calls Grand Rapids home following an acquisition that more than doubles its size.

Get ready for the rise of the machines in the health care industry.

Business advocates in Lansing say legislation to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients could offer a boost to the labor pool in Michigan during times of low unemployment.

In 2014, the narcotic overdose treatment Naloxone cost $690. Today, the same drug sells for $4,500.

GRAND RAPIDS — Drug developer Tetra Discovery Partners Inc. plans to launch a clinical trial later this spring on a potential treatment for an autism spectrum disorder.

The amount of venture capital invested in biotech and health care startups based in Michigan nearly doubled in 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS — A Colorado company wants Spectrum Health to quit using the MedNow moniker for its telemedicine service.

GRAND RAPIDS — An on-demand home health service Spectrum Health debuted a month ago aims to aid not only patients but also the people who care for them.

A Holland-based venture capital firm closed last week on $7.2 million of the $10 million it seeks to raise to invest in health care startups

GRAND RAPIDS — The foundation supporting Mercy Health Saint Mary’s made staffing changes in preparation for a major capital campaign that could launch this summer.

The largest organization representing Michigan doctors is opposing legislation that would create a new way for physicians in the state to obtain medical licenses in other states to practice telemedicine.

GRAND RAPIDS — Nearly four years after forming a research center, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital wants to focus more on exploring and developing potential new therapies to treat patients.

Transparency in health care in Michigan took a step forward with the launch of yet another online database for patients across the state to look up hospital data.

Whether a coalition of large health systems that plans to get into the generic drug business can actually do something about shortages or escalating prices remains to be seen.

GRAND RAPIDS — Mercy Health’s new primary care medical practice on Grand Rapids’ west side resulted from what Ben Look calls a lot of dissatisfaction.

KALAMAZOO — Armune BioScience Inc.’s sale to a Wisconsin company provides another exit for investors that generates returns they can use in future deals for life sciences startups in Michigan.

KALAMAZOO — Armune BioScience Inc.’s sale to Madison, Wis.-based Exact Sciences Corp. reinforces the reality that some West Michigan-based life sciences firms will have to move out of the region to grow.

The deal to buy a majority stake in Muskegon-based Shoreline Vision serves as the largest transaction yet for Great Lakes Management Services Organization.

GRAND RAPIDS — With construction of the $37.5 million Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall and work set to begin later this year on another facility along the Medical Mile, Grand Valley State University expects to expand its health care programs.

Physician practices in Michigan drive $59.1 billion in economic output and support more than 305,000 jobs, according to a new study from the American Medical Association.

GRAND RAPIDS — SpendMend LLC, a company that provides spending visibility and audit and recovery services to the health care industry, sold a majority stake to Chicago-based private equity firm Sheridan Capital Partners.

Physicians considering their next steps in the business have an emerging alternative to consider that would allow them to remain independent.

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