In 1997, a group of five hospitals in Michigan joined with the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation and Blue Care Network to collaborate on the study of variation in angioplasty procedures and treatment. Recommendations from the group’s analysis contributed to dramatic decreases in emergency bypass surgeries and other complications. The initiative also saved an estimated $102 million in statewide health care costs over three years.
Now, 11 more initiatives have launched to address many of the most common and costly areas of surgical and medical care in Michigan. Hospitals across the state are collecting, sharing and analyzing data, then designing and implementing changes to improve patient care, and it’s working. Much of the success comes from the three-part approach to each initiative:
- Funding from the Blues enables hospitals to work in a collaborative environment, providing resources for data collection and analysis along with administrative oversight.
- A separate coordinating center serves as a data warehouse, conducts data audits, performs data analyses and generates comparative performance reports.
- Participating hospitals work together by sharing data and best practices to improve patient care throughout the state of Michigan.
This award-winning model is the first of its kind, nationally, and is highly regarded as an innovative approach to improving health care quality and value. Findings from these initiatives have been extensively published in peer-reviewed medical journals.