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Tuesday, 23 June 2020 16:35

New deal with Cigna gives Priority Health national reach

A new deal with commercial health insurance carrier Cigna Corp. gives Priority Health a broader care network across the U.S. to use when pitching potential national accounts.

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Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:43

Reporter's Notebook: COVID-19 raises questions for health insurance rates

The premium credits Priority Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan are providing small employers this summer stem from lower medical claims after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Friday, 19 June 2020 15:16

Perrigo sells generic drug biz to U.K. pharmaceutical company

Perrigo Co. plc has sold its generic prescription drug business to United Kingdom-based Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd for $195 million in cash.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020 16:19

Hospital trade group launches awareness campaign over new auto insurance laws

The Lansing trade association for hospitals across Michigan urges vehicle owners to opt for the highest level of medical coverage under a revised no-fault auto insurance law that takes effect July 1.

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Sunday, 14 June 2020 20:28

Spectrum Health pledges $100 million to address inequities in health care

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health, the largest care provider in Western Michigan, has committed at least $100 million over the next decade to address racial and ethnic disparities and improve equity in health care.

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Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:57

Forest View Hospital in Grand Rapids names new CEO

GRAND RAPIDS — Forest View Hospital named a long-time behavioral health care executive as its new CEO.

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Tuesday, 09 June 2020 15:41

Blue Cross to waive COVID-19-related copays through end of 2020

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network will continue to waive copays and other cost sharing for treating for COVID-19 through the end of 2020.

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Sunday, 07 June 2020 18:10

GETTING BACK TO CARE: Hospitals resume services as COVID concerns linger

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, primary care physicians and specialists at Metro Health-University of Michigan Health typically saw about 2,250 patients each day.

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Tuesday, 02 June 2020 16:18

More physicians flock to telehealth options during COVID-19, Blue Cross Blue Shield reports

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan reports a surge in the number of physicians now offering telehealth visits for patients.

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Sunday, 31 May 2020 22:52

Priority Health attributes $29.4M first quarter net loss to accounting adjustment

GRAND RAPIDS — Priority Health’s first quarter net loss in its HMO business stems from what’s described as a “quirky” accounting adjustment required under state regulations.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 16:13

Pine Rest expands telehealth to urgent care services

GRAND RAPIDS — Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has added an urgent care telehealth service as a way to provide greater convenience and access to mental health care.

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020 11:02

Grand Rapids drug developer sells to Japan-based pharma company in potential $500M deal

GRAND RAPIDS — Drug developer Tetra Therapeutics Inc. has reached a definitive merger agreement with Japan-based pharmaceutical company Shionogi & Co. Ltd. in a deal that could reach $500 million.

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 14:14

Priority Health plans rate cuts for June and July

GRAND RAPIDS — Citing lower medical claims and utilization rates during the COVID-19 pandemic, Priority Health plans to provide temporary rate reductions to employers and individual policyholders.

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 18:14

Experts warn of possible mental health ‘aftershock’ from COVID-19

If the SARS outbreak 17 years ago in Asia is an accurate indicator, behavioral health care providers could see a patient surge in the coming weeks and months as the COVID-19 pandemic takes an emotional toll on people.

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 12:32

Q&A: Dr. Adam London Director, Kent County Health Department

Dr. Adam London spoke with MiBiz on May 5 about the county’s effort to track COVID-19, the limitations in testing and walking “this delicate policy tightrope” between public health and the economy.

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 16:58

Metro Health implements 12-week voluntary furloughs in response to estimated $40M operating loss

WYOMING — Metro Health-University of Michigan Health System will start voluntary staff furloughs next week in response to the “lasting” financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 16:25

West Michigan health directors say hospitals prepared as COVID-19 cases increase

The heads of two West Michigan public health agencies say they are unconcerned about the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases here as death tolls remain relatively flat and hospitals haven’t reached capacity.

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 08:29

9 Michigan hospitals earn top scores for patient safety

Nine West Michigan hospitals earned top grades in a report card on patient safety.

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 18:12

Spectrum Health issues layoffs in wake of ‘dramatic’ financial blow from COVID-19 response

GRAND RAPIDS — Spectrum Health has been laying off staff in the last week, citing a “dramatic” financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic that’s left hospitals unable to perform elective and non-emergency surgeries and procedures and driven up expenses.

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Tuesday, 05 May 2020 10:52

Pfizer to produce potential COVID-19 vaccine in Southwest Michigan

PORTAGE — Southwest Michigan could become one of three production sites in the U.S. for a potential vaccine for COVID-19 that Pfizer Inc. and Mainz, Germany-based BioNTech SE are developing.

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Monday, 04 May 2020 10:48

Aspen Surgical acquires North Carolina PPE manufacturer

CALEDONIA — Aspen Surgical Products Inc., a producer of disposable surgical products, has acquired Precept Medical Products in Arden, N.C., a maker of personal protection equipment in health care.

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Friday, 01 May 2020 08:24

Fewer elective procedures limits Stryker sales growth

KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp. recorded a modest sales increase in the first quarter, as the COVID-19 pandemic cut into demand from medical procedures that were delayed or postponed and as hospitals were unable to perform elective medical procedures.

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Thursday, 30 April 2020 14:13

Perrigo sales up as consumers seek self-care products during pandemic

ALLEGAN — Higher consumer demand to treat symptoms of COVID-19 pushed Perrigo Co. plc to a 14-percent increase in sales growth for the first quarter.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2020 17:30

Lawmakers push Whitmer administration to resume elective medical procedures

State lawmakers on Tuesday urged Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to ease temporary restrictions and allow hospitals and other care providers to resume elective or non-essential medical procedures and surgeries.

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Monday, 27 April 2020 16:11

Spectrum Health expands COVID-19 testing to 1,000 people daily

GRAND RAPIDS — New supplies and equipment have enabled Spectrum Health to test 1,000 people a day for COVID-19.

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:00

Health systems face financial crisis brought on by pandemic

In normal times, Trinity Health’s seven hospitals across Michigan generate combined operating income of $9 million to $10 million a month.

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Sunday, 26 April 2020 18:05

Metro Health taps business intelligence team to develop pandemic modeling, projections

As doctors and nurses treat patients during the COVD-19 pandemic, Casey Kuhn and his team of seven people at Metro Health-University of Michigan Health have been busy working to identify what they face in the days and weeks ahead.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 13:50

Bronson plans non-clinical staff furloughs

KALAMAZOO — Bronson Healthcare will furlough staff and cut executive pay 25 percent in response to the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020 05:04

More West Michigan hospitals request emergency state approval to boost bed capacity

Plans for additional beds to handle a potential surge in COVID-19 patients in West Michigan now include hospitals in Holland and Zeeland.

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Sunday, 19 April 2020 17:16

Spectrum Health warns heart attack patients to seek immediate care, despite pandemic

GRAND RAPIDS — As Spectrum Health has cared for COVID-19 patients and prepares for a possible surge in the weeks ahead, the number of people coming into the ER at its hospitals with heart attack symptoms has fallen.

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