Midwest News

Chicago-area systems Advocate, NorthShore drop plans to merge

By Brigid Sweeney, Crain's Chicago Business  |  March 11, 2017

A federal judge last week ruled against the proposed union between Advocate Health Care and NorthShore University HealthSystem, leading the two Chicago-area hospital systems to announce that they will not continue their merger effort.

Illinois Gov. Rauner wants revamp of Medicaid managed care

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  March 04, 2017

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner outlined a reboot of the state's Medicaid managed-care program, which would require insurers picked through a competitive bidding process to be held accountable for patient outcomes.

Cleveland Clinic's holistic center is on rapid ascent

By Lydia Coutre, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  January 28, 2017

The Cleveland Clinic's Center for Functional Medicine has seen explosive growth in the two years since it opened. Despite little advertising, it was full on its first day in September 2014 and only went up from there, quickly outgrowing the six exam rooms dedicated to it.

Cuban doctors to share best practices for improving community health

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  January 21, 2017

The University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System and the Cuban Ministry of Health kicked off a two-year initiative aimed at sharing best practices in providing community-based care. The goal is to reduce infant mortality rates, as well as improve maternal health and cancer screening.

Cleveland Clinic doctors perform groundbreaking stroke surgery

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 07, 2017

The Cleveland Clinic has performed what it calls the “first deep brain stimulation surgery for stroke recovery,” which it says is part of an ongoing clinical trial assessing the procedure's potential to improve movement in patients recovering from a stroke.

AbbVie, Northwestern to collaborate on cancer research

By Kristen Schorsch, Crain's Chicago Business  |  December 10, 2016

Scientists at Northwestern's Lurie Cancer Center will be able to access new therapies developed by North Chicago-based AbbVie which can exclusively license any discoveries made during the collaboration.

Michigan Blues on path to slash expenses $300 million by 2019

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  December 10, 2016

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan has cut expenses by $106.5 million since it announced its three-year strategic business transformation project in November 2015 and said it is on-pace to cut a total of $300 million by 2019.

UPMC Health Plan forms venture with Reading Health

UPMC Health Plan forms venture with Reading Health

By Shelby Livingston  |  November 26, 2016

Provider-owned insurer UPMC Health Plan and Reading Health System will jointly offer health insurance to employers and individuals in southeastern Pennsylvania.

South Dakota governor rejects Medicaid expansion

South Dakota governor rejects Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 19, 2016

Dennis Daugaard, a Republican who had been supportive of expanding Medicaid eligibility in his state, last week changed his mind after hearing the incoming Trump administration's plans for repealing or reforming the ACA.


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