Midwest News

St. Jude Medical lowers outlook because of sluggish overseas sales

By Bob Herman  |  October 18, 2014

St. Jude Medical, a prominent manufacturer of heart products and other medical devices, reported sluggish international sales growth in its third quarter, which forced the company to lower its revenue projections for the rest of the year.

Narrow network including Mayo to debut on Minn. exchange

By Bob Herman  |  October 11, 2014

Health insurer Medica is rolling out a new narrow-network plan in Minnesota—an increasingly common option—with the Mayo Clinic as a central enticement to draw in potential enrollees.

Gundersen Health freezes fossil fuel investments

Gundersen Health freezes fossil fuel investments

By Bob Herman  |  October 04, 2014

Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, Wis., will freeze all future investments in fossil fuels as part of an energy strategy that executives said will help “set the standard for environmental stewardship in healthcare.”

Cadence's margin thinned before Northwestern merger

By Bob Herman  |  September 27, 2014

The operating margin at Cadence Health, Winfield, Ill., narrowed slightly in its fiscal 2014, ended June 30, but the two-hospital system, now part of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, still tallied healthy metrics overall.

Closure of Indiana proton center seen as sign from insurers

Closure of Indiana proton center seen as sign from insurers

By Jaimy Lee  |  September 20, 2014

The Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center will close in December, marking the first time a proton-beam therapy center in the U.S. has shut its doors since the rapid proliferation of the costly treatment centers began a decade ago.

Fairview's exit from Minn. exchange expected to shake up market

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 20, 2014

In a surprising move that will shake up Minnesota's state-run Obamacare exchange, PreferredOne, a large provider-run health plan affiliated with Fairview Health Services, will drop out of the MNsure exchange for 2015, company and state officials announced last week.

Beaumont Health, Botsford, Oakwook complete merger

By Jaimy Lee  |  September 06, 2014

A merger between three health systems in the greater Detroit region—Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare—has closed, creating a $3.8 billion not-for-profit health system now called Beaumont Health.

Northwestern, Cadence complete their merger

By Bob Herman  |  August 30, 2014

Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Cadence Health have ratified final terms of their merger, creating a Chicago-area health system with nearly $3 billion in annual revenue.

Medicaid expansion would have saved Wisconsin $206 million

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 23, 2014

Wisconsin Democrats are keeping the pressure on Republican Gov. Scott Walker to expand Medicaid eligibility with a report that shows the move would save the state hundreds of millions of dollars over the next three years.

Wisconsin health systems partner up, work for ACO

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 09, 2014

Six of the most prominent healthcare systems in Wisconsin have created a new partnership, jumping on the nationwide bandwagon of forming strategic alliances to share information while remaining independent.

Ascension creates senior-care division

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 02, 2014

To deepen its footprint in the post-acute-care sector, Ascension Health has formed a senior-care division to integrate its extensive post-acute-care services and establish more uniform care standards.

Missouri governor vetoes limits on health navigators

Missouri governor vetoes limits on health navigators

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 12, 2014

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, vetoed legislation that would have limited who could work in the state as a health insurance guide and blamed a national conservative group for injecting an error into the model legislation.

Beaumont merger creates major Detroit-area system, and other news

Beaumont merger creates major Detroit-area system, and other news

By Modern Healthcare  |  June 28, 2014

The boards of three southeast Michigan health systems—Beaumont Health System in Royal Oak, Oakwood Healthcare in Dearborn and Botsford Health Care in Farmington Hills—have given the green light to merge, creating a $3.8 billion combined organization.