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Blue Care Network and Mercy Health partner on low-cost insurance plan

June 24, 2013
In response to the Affordable Care Act’s goal of reducing the number of uninsured Americans, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Mercy Health in Grand Rapids have announced that as of Oct. 1, residents of Kent, Muskegon and Oceana counties who don’t have employer-sponsored health insurance, or who are Medicare-eligible, will be able to buy insurance from Blue Care Network of Michigan that is “very affordably priced.” Read More

Spectrum Health raises prices 5.9 percent in Grand Rapids

June 12, 2013
Spectrum Health prices at Grand Rapids hospitals and clinics will increase an average of 5.9 percent in FY2014, which begins July 1, according to its annual budget review. Read More

Hundreds of West Michigan docs now in an ACO

The POM accountable care organization organized by U-M represents 1,800 physicians.

January 25, 2013
Federal health authorities have announced a new accountable care organization approved by Medicare in January that represents 1,800 doctors across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula — including perhaps a thousand or more working in or near Grand Rapids, Muskegon and surrounding counties. Read More

Health care programs wait at the fiscal cliff

December 10, 2012
The looming fiscal cliff has implications for health care. The package of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes is set to kick in during January 2013 unless President Obama and Capitol Hill agree on a way to stop them. Here are some items of interest regarding health care. Read More

Priority Health expands Medicare services

October 22, 2012
The start of the annual Medicare open enrollment period has prompted Priority Health to announce it has added seven counties to its Medicare service area and 5,000 more care providers to the Priority Health Medicare Advantage network this year. Read More

Metro, Spectrum subject to Medicare readmission penalties

Hospitals are trying to reduce readmission rates to comply with Affordable Care Act.

October 15, 2012
Another aspect of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act kicked in with the start of the new federal fiscal year on Oct. 1, when Medicare began penalizing hospitals that have certain types of Medicare patients who are discharged and then readmitted too soon, too often. Read More