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.
Henry Ford Health System, DMC and others say they are expanding surgeries and other procedures that had been halted for weeks during the coronavirus crisis.
From metropolitan health systems to independent rural hospitals, hospital budgets are taking big financial hits as surgeries and other money making medical procedures are put on hold.
The CEO said the pandemic has significantly affected operations but did not say how many employees would face shortened hours.
Oakland County is scouting ice rinks to store bodies during the coronavirus pandemic if its morgue runs out of space, county officials said Wednesday.
The eight-hospital system, like others, blames the cancellation of more lucrative non-emergency procedures during the COVID-19 surge for its cash-flow problems. It did not say what workers are affected.
That slowing of coronavirus cases has prompted the state's largest hospital system to reassess staffing and space.
As hospitals in COVID-19 hotspots are in a bidding war for critical care nurses while laying off others, experts say a mismatch of labor needs and supply during the pandemic has serious consequences.
The Ann Arbor-based health system said 2,000 of the masks were distributed to health workers but were found to be unusable, so they are not using any of them. This follows similar mask complaints from Alabama and Oregon.
Dwindling surgeries at McLaren Macomb blamed for layoffs of nurses as the coronavirus impacts the finances of hospital systems around Michigan.
These metro Detroit hospitals, hard hit by a surge of coronavirus patients, are now storing the bodies of the dead in refrigerated trucks.
One month into the pandemic, charts tell a disturbing story: Deaths comprise 6 percent of all COVID-19 cases, while the state has the lowest per-capita rate of testing in the nation.
Serologic studies are being launched in at least three hospital systems to identify those with immunity to COVID-19 after surviving the virus. Such data can inform business openings and patient treatment.
Insurers have loosened restrictions and boosted benefits to extend telemedicine as never before.
Dr. Chris Firlit, a senior resident and father of three, was a member of the Wayne State University’s class of 2018. ‘His dedication to assisting patients during this pandemic drives home the seriousness of this virus,’ a dean says.
As the coronavirus decimates hospital revenues, the Detroit Medical Center notifies 60 lab assistants and more they are being laid off, while McLaren is exploring cost-cutting measures and furloughs.
A Michigan lawmaker from Detroit credits the president for urging patients to consider hydroxychloroquine and other experimental treatments for COVID-19. As the virus spreads death and anxiety, here’s what we know and don’t know about the risks.
Fewer COVID-19 patients are entering the Henry Ford and Michigan Medicine health systems and, at Henry Ford, more people are coming off ventilators than are going on.
Anthony Moses was Beaumont Health in Farmington Hills’ first coronavirus patient, and when he was forced on a ventilator his prognosis looked dim. His survival is a gift to his family, but also to weary doctors who have seen enough of death.
Michigan will not release the names of nursing homes where there are COVID-19 infections, nor will the City of Detroit or Wayne County, citing privacy concerns. Other states are moving toward identifying infected nursing homes.
Emergency rooms and urgent care clinics say they are seeing a drop in visitors. Are people safe and snug at home? Or is fear of getting the coronavirus keeping them from seeking critical treatment for heart or other problems?