More than 1,000 University of Michigan nurses and community allies will hold an informational picket on Saturday, July 16, to call attention to the nurses’ fight for safe staffing amid an expired contract. The Michigan Nurses Association-University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (MNA-UMPNC) represents about 6,200 registered nurses throughout the health system. The nurses have … Read more

Intermittent fasting has previously shown to have a of host of health benefits, including lowering the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Now, researchers from Intermountain Healthcare have found that people who regularly fast are less like to experience severe complications from COVID-19. In a new study published this week in BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, Intermountain researchers … Read more

BHSH System welcomes Benjamin Schwartz, MD, MHCM, FACOG, FACS, as the new president of BHSH Beaumont Health, effective July 5. “In the search for the new president of BHSH Beaumont Health, we were looking for a leader with the proven ability to drive excellence, a strong developer of teams and culture, a dynamic communicator, and … Read more

In the midst of the tremendous challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, which included significant health impacts and widespread layoffs, the federal government began its fiscal response to help prop up the U.S. economy. A report released [recently] by the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute details the federal government’s 2020 and 2021 fiscal policy (i.e., … Read more

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a package of legislation investing $800 million dollars in treatment, prevention, mental health in response to the Opioid Crisis. Together, Senate Bills 993, 994, and 995 manage the disbursement of settlement funds as a result of opioid-related lawsuits and create the Opioid Advisory Commission to advance policy to prevent, treat, … Read more

After an extensive national search, Intermountain Healthcare has selected Tiffany Capeles, a nationally recognized diversity leader, as the health system’s first chief equity officer. Capeles, who has a broad background in healthcare diversity, will lead Intermountain’s efforts, which were started several years ago, to expand health equity, diversity, and inclusion for caregivers, patients, and communities … Read more

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently approved an extension of Michigan Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program coverage for 12 months after pregnancy, up from 60 days, effective April 1, 2022. This coverage extension is expected to apply to approximately 16,000 pregnant and postpartum women in Michigan and is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s … Read more

Working to bolster its commitment to advancing equity across all aspects of the health care system, the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) is set to begin on Partnering to Advance Health Equity—a new project designed to identify strategies and opportunities to better position and support physician leadership in their ongoing efforts to reduce—and ultimately eliminate—the … Read more

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have selected Castell to administer a second Direct Contracting Entity (DCE) in the Medicare Global and Professional Direct Contracting (GPDC) program in 2022. As a DCE in this program, Castell will participate in risk-sharing arrangements aimed at enhancing quality of care and reducing expenditures for Medicare … Read more

As elective surgeries deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic begin to ramp up, a new study from University of Michigan Medical School researchers details important considerations for surgical patients with recent opioid use versus those who have never taken opioids. The study, led by Mark Bicket, M.D., Ph.D., of the U-M Health Department of Anesthesiology, Jennifer Waljee, M.D., … Read more