Experts say hospitals are advertising coronavirus vaccinations primarily as public service announcements, since higher vaccination rates will reduce community spread of COVID-19 and save lives. But the secondary message to customers has the potential of burnishing hospitals' brands.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Michigan companies have been facing more severe staffing shortages. They have seen volume decline by as much as 40% as people choose not to call 911 to avoid potential coronavirus exposure at hospitals and inter-facility transfers have slowed.
Despite the ongoing pandemic and diminished patient volume, nearly $800 million of federal COVID-19 stimulus money helped to make 2020 a profitable year for six-hospital Henry Ford Health System and eight-hospital Beaumont Health, according to the two Michigan health systems' financial statements.
A cardiologist once part of William Beaumont Hospital's so-called "Royal Family" of doctors and his practice have paid $2 million to settle false claims allegations related to excessive or unnecessary diagnostic testing over 12 years.
The Democratic governor and former Michigan Department of Health and Human Services director mutually agreed to waive the confidentiality provision of Robert Gordon's earlier separation agreement "in the interest of greater transparency,"
Michigan's 10 most populous counties collectively received about 3,400 fewer first doses of COVID-19 vaccine last week after the state applied a formula that factors in race, poverty, housing and other social vulnerabilities instead of allocating vaccine doses by share of population.