November-December 2012

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Business Features

Remit And Readmit

Many hospitals in Michigan and elsewhere struggle to break even, but the path to profitability has gotten a lot tougher since October due to declining Medicare payments for readmitted patients. As a result, hospitals — especially those in urban areas — stand to lose out on millions of dollars in revenue.

Michigan Hospitals' Readmission Rates

The following hospitals were ranked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under three categories — heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia. The readmission rate is based on the percentage of patients that return to the same hospital or another hospital within 30 days of being discharged, and is compared to a national average for the hospital's set of patients.

Speeding Along

Expect home health businesses to grow in popularity as hospitals try to decrease the costly problem of people who are repeatedly hospitalized for the same condition.


The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham is planning to undertake several makeovers.

The Tipping Point

Since 2011, a steady reorganization of Michigan's fiscal policies has buoyed business spending and growth, but political indecision in Washington threatens to bring the entire global economy to a screeching halt.

What Michigan Business Leaders Foresee for 2013

The Son Also Rises

Kids can have the darndest ideas.

Deposit & Return

John Hantz is working to propel the growth of his financial institution.

Get Your Red Pop!

The Flavor Master takes the world by storm.

Digital Digs

A new shared-office business in Troy caters to startups and other creative firms.

Brand Camp U.S.A.

More B2B companies are tapping into branding campaigns to boost the bottom line.

May It Please The Client

When a business relies on an attorney to steer it through a legal matter, the stakes are often high. But if the attorney fails to do the job, the cost to the business can be stratospheric.

Mike Chirco's Big Adventure

A metro Detroit homebuilder brings his live-action film to the big screen.
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