Quality collaborations

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 once established has saved an estimated $244 million in statewide health care costs over five years.

Now, 19 more initiatives have launched to address many of the most common and costly areas of surgical and medical care in Michigan. We call them Collaborative Quality Initiatives, or CQIs. Hospitals and physicians across the state are collecting, sharing and analyzing data, then designing and implementing changes to improve patient care, and it is working. Much of the success comes from the three-part approach to each initiative:

  • Funding from the Blues enables hospitals and physicians 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.
  • Participants 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.

For more information about participating in a Collaborative Quality Initiative, please contact Rozanne Darland at rdarland@bcbsm.com.

Current Hospital Collaborations