About 180 certified registered nurse anesthetists, who were formerly employed at Beaumont's Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe hospitals, signed union petition cards on Jan. 4 indicating they support the idea of forming their own local union.
Advocates acknowledge the system is sometimes inefficient, bulky and unable to meet a growing need for behavioral healthcare amid escalating financial pressures for the state's Medicaid insurance program.
The 30-year academic affiliation agreement between Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University calls for both entities to contribute millions of dollars toward the new health sciences center and joint operating company.
This week, Michigan received one of the lowest number of doses since mid-December, which resulted in fewer distributions by five-fold than what health systems, local health departments and federally qualified health centers requested, system executives said.
Once unused vaccine doses are reallocated, health system executives say their nurses and medical assistants can quickly expand the number of vaccinations for people over age 65 and essential workers, including teachers and first responders.
The switch from St. Louis-based Express Scripts to Irvine, Calif.-based OptumRx will take effect Jan. 1, 2022, for commercial individual and group members, and Jan. 1, 2023, for Medicare individual and group members, the Michigan Blues said in a statement.