8:56 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Snyder expands workers' comp for firefighters

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed legislation to help firefighters who develop cancer on the job, but says he's concerned the measure lacks funding. 

The law amends the workers' compensation law to cover firefighters with cancer who've been working at least five years and who've been exposed to harmful toxins on the job.

Snyder signed the bill last week, saying it recognizes health risks that firefighters face. He asked lawmakers to identify a stable revenue source to pay for the aid.

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11:35 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Health enrollment deadline Thursday

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The federal government says more than 290,000 people living in Michigan have signed up for the Affordable Care Act's Health Insurance Marketplace. 

Thursday is the deadline for people to get insurance starting Feb. 1.

The government provides subsidies based on income.

Another enrollment period runs through Feb. 15 for coverage that takes effect March. 1. After that, people may have to wait until 2016 to enroll.

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11:29 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Marquette hospital has new COO

Jeff Perry

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.P. Health System Marquette has hired a new Chief Operating Officer.

Jeff Perry comes from Houston, Texas, where he most recently served as COO at Legacy Community Health Services.  He also worked at Oklahoma State University Medical Center in Tulsa as both Chief Operating Office and Chief Nursing Officer. 

Perry is currently completing his Doctor of Health Administration from Central Michigan University.

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1:08 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Fear of spreading flu prompts hospital visitor restrictions

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.P. Health System Marquette is restricting visitors because of illness. 

As a precaution to protect patients and staff from the spread of the flu certain visitors to the hospital and its buildings will not be allowed.

Restrictions are as follows:

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12:48 pm
Sat December 27, 2014

New workers' comp reimbursement rules in place


LANSING, MI (AP)--   Changes in how doctors are paid for treating some injured employees covered by workers' compensation are expected to address the long-term use of pain relievers and help cut medical costs for Michigan job providers.  

The Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency says the new rules prevent reimbursements for opioid treatment beyond 90 days for non-cancer related chronic pain unless physicians meet detailed reporting requirements.

Pain relievers covered under the rules include morphine, codeine and methadone.

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