GE Aviation picked for key AF negotiations

Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 8:51 AM
Updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 @ 8:51 AM

GE Aviation, which has 2,600 employees in the Dayton area, has been selected for negotiations on developing engine technology for the U.S. Air Force.

The technology is not for a production engine, but is a demonstration program that has no announced fighter application yet, a GE Aviation spokesman said. The program will enable GE to address the Air Force’s propulsion needs for improved fuel burn for combat aircraft beyond 2020, the company said.

Development work for what’s called the “Adaptive Engine Technology Development program” will be conducted in the company’s headquarters in Evendale, Ohio. The program focuses on technology for future strike, bomber and tactical aircraft.

Once negotiations are complete and the contract is awarded, GE said it will share the costs of the program with the Air Force.

GE Aviation has 1,400 employees at three local sites — two in Vandalia as well as Unison Industries in Beavercreek — and 9,000 employees in Ohio overall. Counting a credit card operation in Kettering, GE has 2,600 local employees, the company has said.

The company is also building a $50 million, 120,000-square-foot Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research and Development Center (EPISCENTER) on the University of Dayton campus off River Park Drive.

Premier, UnitedHealthcare negotiations continue over health plans

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 11:51 AM


            LISA POWELL / STAFF

Contract negotiations between the region’s largest health system and insurer UnitedHealthcare remain at an impasse as a deadline approaches that could jeopardize the health plans of up to 70,000 local residents.

Premier Health and UnitedHealthcare, the area’s largest insurer, have been at an impasse in talks to renew their health coverage network relationships, and the deadline to reach an agreement on a contract is Saturday.

Area physicians and their offices are warning patients that they may have to make new arrangements, if an agreement isn’t reached.

A letter from the Hilltop OB/GYN offices warns patients, “We have just received notification that it does not look like an agreement will be reached by Premier and UHC, meaning Premier facilities (including Atrium Medical Center) will be out of network to you as of 4/30/17 (Sunday).”

“It’s unfortunate that the community needs to be put in the middle of this” said Scott McGohan, chief executive of Moraine-based insurance broker McGohan Brabender. “I think reasonable heads could come to a reasonable conclusion.”

Other area doctors are sending patients letters similar to Hilltop’s, advising patients to consider plans to contact other physicians not affected by Premier-United insurance network pacts.

The health insurer’s contract to cover care provided at Premier hospitals, physicians’ offices and urgent care facilities is set to expire for all lines of business, including employer-sponsored health plans, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid coverage, the company said.

UnitedHealthcare’s contract with Premier hospitals will expire Saturday for employer-sponsored and Medicare members, and on May 13 for Medicaid members.

On March 30, Premier officials said in a statement that they are confident they can get past any sticking point in the negotiations.

“We have nothing new to report at this time,” Ben Sutherly, a spokesman for Premier, said Monday.

UnitedHealthcare issued a statement which said: “Despite months of negotiations, Premier continues to make unreasonable demands that would diminish our employer groups’ ability to manage their health care costs more effectively through tiered benefit plans.

“Tiered benefit plans offer employers a means to provide competitive benefits while offering incentives to members in the form of lower co payments and coinsurance levels for choosing facilities who meet quality and cost efficient requirements,” the insurer’s statement said.

With just two significant competing hospital systems — Premier and Kettering Health Network, besides Children’s Medical Center — health care costs in the Dayton area are “significantly higher” than costs in Cincinnati and Columbus, larger cities that have more health care market competition, McGohan said.

“We need to address the cost of health care,” McGohan said. “And United has taken a stance and (said), ‘This is not our money; this is our employers’ money.’ And I don’t disagree with that.”

McGohan Brabender serves employers, helping them navigate regional health care costs and providers.

“Cincinnati might have five (health care and hospital) systems that wake up every day and compete,” McGohan said. “Columbus has five systems that wake up every day and compete. Dayton only has two, and it has three with Children’s Medical Center.”

There are unique dynamics in the Dayton region that differentiate us from other cities of similar or larger size, Premier said in a statement.

“First, Dayton does not have a safety net hospital, such as a county or university facility where unreimbursed care is funded by government dollars. This is significant; Miami Valley Hospital, for example, is the third largest Medicaid provider in the state of Ohio. In addition, Premier Health provides significant support for local medical education. In other cities, such education is supported by state tax dollars,” the statement continues.

Hilltop’s letter to patients assures “established pregnant patient(s) with Hilltop” who will be 13 or more weeks pregnant by Sunday (April 30) that they can remain with Hilltop and deliver at Atrium Medical Center in Middletown with a prior authorization, which the office says it will obtain for those patients.

For patients who are less than 13 weeks pregnant by Sunday, the office tells those patients they will not be able to deliver at Atrium.

“We currently do not deliver at any other facility, but will be looking into options for you,” the letter adds. “We will be in touch directly with those of you directly effected by this.”

Law firm founder leaves for competing firm

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 6:09 PM


            Bob Dunlevey

Robert (Bob) Dunlevey has left Dunlevey, Mahan and Furry to join the Dayton office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister law firm.

Dunlevey, a founding principal at downtown’s Dunlevey, Mahan and Furry, will serve as senior counsel in Taft’s Labor and Employment Practice.

Dunlevey is an Ohio State Bar Association Board Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law. He is a member of the American, Ohio State and Dayton Bar Associations, and is an active participant on the Labor and Law Committees of each.

“I am excited about the ability to meet my clients’ ever changing and expanding needs for specialized legal services” said Dunlevey. “The Taft attorneys and Taft brand are consistent with what I expect from those with whom I work. I feel at home already.”

Two area health systems named Top 15 in nation

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 4:09 PM


            Kettering Health Network and Mercy Health have been named two of the Top 15 health systems in the nation by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics.

Kettering Health Network and Mercy Health have been named two of the Top 15 health systems in the nation by the international business research firm Truven Health Analytics.

It’s the fifth appearance on the Top 15 list for the Dayton-based Kettering system, comprised of eight hospitals, including Kettering Medical Center, Fort Hamilton, Soin Medical Center and Grandview Medical Center.

Cincinnati-based Mercy Health has hospitals in Fairfield and Springfield.

Hospital systems were ranked based on such performance metrics as cost per episode, length of hospital stays and patient satisfaction scores. Winning health systems achieved higher survival rates and fewer errors at a lower overall treatment cost than non-winning health systems, according to Truven.

“Everything we do as a faith-based organization centers around how to provide the best care for our patients,” says Fred Manchur, CEO of Kettering Health Network. “This recognition is because of our dedicated physicians, nurses, employees, and volunteers, who provide exceptional, compassionate care to every person who comes through our doors.”

STORE CLOSINGS: Sears to close 50 auto centers

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017 @ 4:41 PM


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Sears Holdings is set to close 50 Auto Center locations, the company announced.

Sears updated investors last week on its strategic restructuring program, stating the company aimed to save $1.25 billion through some store closures in 2017. The company already announced it would close 108 Kmart stores and 42 Sears locations.

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Sears announced it would close an additional 92 underperfomring pharmacy operations in some Kmart stores and 50 Sears Auto Center locations.

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“Consistent with our ongoing strategy of focusing on our best stores, best categories and best members, we will continue to take difficult yet necessary actions,” said Edward Lampert, chairman and chief executive officer of Sears Holdings. “As we sharpen our focus on profitable areas of our business, we will also continue to closely evaluate the longer-term viability of stores where a clear path to return to profitability is not in sight.”

Sears did not specify which Auto Center and pharmacy locations will close at this time.

The company has auto centers located at the Dayton Mall in Miami Twp. and Towne Mall in Middletown.

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