Midwest News

Anthem sees exodus of exchange members

Anthem sees exodus of exchange members

By Bob Herman  |  October 31, 2015

Indianapolis-based Anthem lost nearly 70,000 exchange plan members in the third quarter of this year, with many moving from Anthem to another insurer.

Fairview blames hep C drugs for drop in earnings

By Michael Sandler and Shannon Muchmore  |  October 24, 2015

Fairview Health Services is blaming its second-quarter drop in operating income on a drop in demand for pricey hepatitis C drugs. The surplus also was reduced by the continuing shift from inpatient to outpatient settings, the Minneapolis-based system said in its recent financial filing.

Ohio independent doc coalition sees membership swell

By Timothy Magaw, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  October 17, 2015

The Ohio Independent Collaborative, a statewide coalition of independent physicians, recently doubled in size with the addition of Columbus-based Central Ohio Primary Care.

Wellmark will participate in Iowa exchange for 2017

By Bob Herman  |  October 10, 2015

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield will start selling health plans on Iowa's exchange during the 2016 open-enrollment period, after sitting out the first two years.

Henry Ford cancer center aims to spur economic growth

Henry Ford cancer center aims to spur economic growth

By Maria Castellucci  |  October 03, 2015

As part of a larger effort to foster economic growth in Detroit, Henry Ford Health System plans to build a $110 million comprehensive cancer facility in the city, expected to open in the summer of 2018.

Chicago's South Side to get trauma center after years of protests

Chicago's South Side to get trauma center after years of protests

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 12, 2015

CHICAGO—University of Chicago Medicine and Sinai Health System announced last week that they will partner to build a Level I adult trauma center on the city’s Southwest Side, heeding longtime demands from city activists.

Illinois governor vetoes addiction treatment funding

Illinois governor vetoes addiction treatment funding

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 29, 2015

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner last week vetoed legislation passed nearly unanimously by the Legislature requiring state-funded coverage of medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction.

Four insurers win Iowa Medicaid contracts

By Bob Herman  |  August 22, 2015

Iowa's Department of Human Services has awarded Medicaid managed-care contracts to AmeriHealth Caritas, Anthem, UnitedHealthcare and WellCare Health Plans, a move that will funnel the state's $4.2 billion Medicaid program into the hands of private insurers.

MercyRockford to build $400 million campus

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 15, 2015

MercyRockford Health System, the product of a January merger between Mercy Health and Rockford (Ill.) Health System, plans to transfer most of its acute-care services to a new $400 million “destination campus.”

Five doc groups in Ohio forming collaborative

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 08, 2015

Five large, independent physician groups in Ohio are collaborating to ensure their survival against the increasing employment of physicians by health systems.

Chicago hospital expanding urgent-care settings

By Adam Rubenfire  |  August 01, 2015

Chicago-based Swedish Covenant Hospital is expanding its Immediate Care Center program, joining a growing list of hospitals investing in urgent-care operations.

Like many public systems, Cook County gets boost from ACA

Like many public systems, Cook County gets boost from ACA

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 11, 2015

The Affordable Care Act has provided a much-needed boost to public providers such as the Cook County Health and Hospitals System, the two-hospital public system that serves Chicago and its surrounding communities.

Illinois budget battle clouds mental-healthcare merger

By Adam Rubenfire  |  July 04, 2015

Nashville-based behavioral healthcare provider Centerstone has completed its merger with WellSpring Resources, a mental-health provider based in Alton, Ill., but leaders are concerned that the newly combined business will be affected by a protracted budget battle in the Illinois Legislature.

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