Michigan Health Watch

In-depth reporting on the intersection between public policy and important health topics ‒ such as insurance coverage, hospital admissions, opioid abuse, access to care, medical research and the business of health care ‒ that impact nearly every Michigan resident. 

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Computer pad can help Michigan seniors use telehealth during coronavirus

Computer pad can help Michigan seniors use telehealth during coronavirus

July 6, 2020 | Robin Erb

Metro Detroit seniors are embracing online doctor visits using a customized tablet that makes technology less intimidating. It could prove a model for seniors increasingly dependent on telehealth to visit doctors.

Michigan hospital: Our coronavirus test gives results in minutes, not days

Michigan hospital: Our coronavirus test gives results in minutes, not days

July 6, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Researchers at Beaumont Health say they are using technology they first developed to detect the zika virus. The test, which has yet to win FDA approval, is reliable, inexpensive and easier to administer, researchers say.

Coronavirus Tracker: 297 confirmed Michigan coronavirus cases on Monday

Coronavirus Tracker: 297 confirmed Michigan coronavirus cases on Monday

July 6, 2020 | Bridge Staff

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's confirmed COVID-19 cases, maps of locations, state curve data, what the state is doing to contain the spread, and expert suggestions on how you can stay safe.

Hold on, they begged. In Michigan, a gun and loophole helped him let go.

Hold on, they begged. In Michigan, a gun and loophole helped him let go.

July 6, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

The coronavirus pandemic made it hard to see therapists but easy to buy a gun. Now, a Michigan family is grieving and searching for answers after their son’s suicide.

Michigan study: Hydroxychloroquine saved lives among coronavirus patients

Michigan study: Hydroxychloroquine saved lives among coronavirus patients

July 2, 2020 | Robin Erb

The drug’s effects had been called into question after a series of studies and controversies since it was promoted by President Trump. A study at Henry Ford Health System found lower death rates when the drug is given early. 

Large jump in Michigan deaths outside hospitals as coronavirus raged

Large jump in Michigan deaths outside hospitals as coronavirus raged

July 2, 2020 | Robin Erb

Fear of contracting the virus at hospitals appears to have kept many patients from seeking care, including a large number of people suffering strokes or heart attacks. 

Michigan hospitals hardest hit by coronavirus get $850M, say they need more

Michigan hospitals hardest hit by coronavirus get $850M, say they need more

July 1, 2020 | Robin Erb, Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Even with federal relief funds intended for providers slammed by COVID-19 patients, some hospitals say they are still shedding jobs to balance their books during the outbreak.    

Trinity Health Michigan lays off, furloughs another 1,000 employees

Trinity Health Michigan lays off, furloughs another 1,000 employees

June 30, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press

Layoffs and schedule reductions for 1,000 full-time workers or their equivalents will begin this week and continue through the end of July at Trinity Health Michigan, which includes the St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Mercy Health. 

Are Michigan gyms safe during coronavirus? A study in Norway suggests yes.

Are Michigan gyms safe during coronavirus? A study in Norway suggests yes.

June 26, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

A government study in May involving five indoor gyms in Oslo found that gym members practicing modest safety precautions did not increase the spread of COVID-19. Skeptics say they would like to see broader studies before accepting the findings.

Coronavirus outbreaks tied to migrant farm workers in Michigan

Coronavirus outbreaks tied to migrant farm workers in Michigan

June 25, 2020 | Robin Erb, Jonathan Oosting

COVID-19 is flaring up statewide among migrant workers. Experts say close quarters, crops that won’t wait, mistrust are perfect growing conditions for outbreaks.

AARP: To guard Michigan seniors from coronavirus, avoid nursing homes

AARP: To guard Michigan seniors from coronavirus, avoid nursing homes

June 25, 2020 | Robin Erb

New report says health disparities and economics helped expose Michigan’s oldest residents to COVID-19; offers recommendations that AARP Michigan’s director says are “achievable.”

Report: Michigan hospitals shorted $130K per COVID-19 patient in federal aid

Report: Michigan hospitals shorted $130K per COVID-19 patient in federal aid

June 24, 2020 | Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, Robin Erb

A new report highlights disparities in how federal coronavirus relief money was distributed, suggesting Michigan hospitals were shorted.

Coronavirus outbreak traced to East Lansing pub after Michigan bars reopen

Coronavirus outbreak traced to East Lansing pub after Michigan bars reopen

June 23, 2020 | Robin Erb

Though the 18 people whose infections were traced to an East Lansing restaurant weren’t seriously sick, their positive tests raise concerns about the virus’ spread to others.

In Michigan nursing homes, a no-win choice between infection and isolation

In Michigan nursing homes, a no-win choice between infection and isolation

June 18, 2020 | Robin Erb

In lockdown against coronavirus, families face Father’s Day still separated from loved ones in Michigan’s long-term care facilities.

Beaumont Health eyes merger with out-of-state hospital system Advocate Aurora

Beaumont Health eyes merger with out-of-state hospital system Advocate Aurora

June 17, 2020 | JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press

Beaumont said it has signed a nonbinding letter of intent with Advocate Aurora Health, a 28-hospital system in Illinois and Wisconsin.

For now, Michigan is a success story in flattening the pandemic curve

For now, Michigan is a success story in flattening the pandemic curve

June 17, 2020 | Robin Erb

Counted as cases, deaths or positive test results, COVID-19 sinks to lowest sustained levels in three months in Michigan.

Extraordinary surgery in Michigan gives mom, daughters new faces

Extraordinary surgery in Michigan gives mom, daughters new faces

June 16, 2020 | Robin Erb

A rare disorder, Crouzen syndrome, dramatically disfigures the skull and face. More than cosmetic repair, the series of procedures reshapes the skull, relieving pressure on the brain and repairing hearing and vision loss and other problems.

More than 1,900 coronavirus deaths in Michigan nursing homes

More than 1,900 coronavirus deaths in Michigan nursing homes

June 15, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson, Ted Roelofs, Robin Erb

Michigan health officials finally announced the death toll for nursing homes and the results were sobering. Dozens of nursing homes had 20 deaths or more.

Feds halt emergency use of coronavirus drug backed by Trump

Feds halt emergency use of coronavirus drug backed by Trump

June 15, 2020 | Robin Erb

Early hopes that hydroxychloroquine could help treat COVID-19 patients have been dashed by research that questions the drug’s efficacy and safety. It does not appear the FDA's ruling will impact a Michigan clinical trial.

From couch potato to bike trails: a coronavirus silver lining in Michigan

From couch potato to bike trails: a coronavirus silver lining in Michigan

June 15, 2020 | Ted Roelofs

Stir-crazy from quarantine, Michiganders are snapping up bicycles as fast as stores can stock them. Hunting and fishing license purchases are also up dramatically as residents find comfort and urgency in exploring more of the outdoors.

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