Collaboration creates guidelines to avoid unnecessary testing on prostate cancer patients

Bone and CT scans can tell us if a patient’s prostate cancer has spread beyond the prostate and into surrounding bone or tissue. However, the scans themselves are expensive, and expose patients to harmful radiation. The scans often result in false positives, which lead to additional expensive and sometimes painful procedures. But most importantly, the […]

Celebrating the Innovative Approaches of Michigan Physicians

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, we know that our network of physicians does amazing work on a daily basis to keep Michiganders healthy. In honor of National Doctor’s Day, which is March 30, we wanted to take a moment to applaud all of our physicians—and highlight two in particular. These doctors are using […]

Enhanced Recovery Program: Making the Surgery Experience Better From Beginning to End

Hearing the words “You have to have surgery,” is unsettling and can cause a lot of stress and fear. But Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan knows that improving patients’ pre- and post-surgery experience can have a huge impact on both stress levels and recovery. That’s why the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) started the […]

Hawaii Blue Cross Plan Looks to Michigan’s Value Partnerships

In Hawaii, the legend of Mahie refers to a rainbow that transformed into a young woman who became a caretaker to the gods. Mahie symbolizes the power of community to create beauty and transformation. In Michigan, we’ve used the power of community – and partnership – to create transformation in our health care environment. The […]

New Partnership Aims to Cut Opioid Addiction in Michigan

Opioid abuse statistics in Michigan are frightening: Deaths resulting from prescription drug abuse statewide is 20 percent higher than the U.S. average. In addition, nearly 40 percent of the opioids prescribed by surgeons are done so without clear guidelines for pain management. To help fight the opioid epidemic in Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of […]

Integrating Behavioral Health With Primary Care

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, we recognize the important role that behavioral health practitioners can play in improving patient care. In addition to treating patients with psychiatric disorders, they can help patients cope with chronic medical problems, comply with medication regimens and adjust to life changes, stress, anxiety and pain. Patients who have […]

Improving Surgical Skill Through Peer-to-Peer Coaching

It was early on a fall Friday morning, and as the sun twinkled through the brightly colored trees of the golf resort, the surgeons gathered their bags and went to the meeting room. They were not golfing that day. The bags contained laptops and notepads, not golf clubs. This group of about 30 surgeons were […]

This Model of Health Care has Changed Michigan for the Better

A lot can happen in eight years. Particularly in Michigan, where the last eight years have seen a rebirth of the economy and new businesses sprouting across the state. But there’s been another positive change in Michigan over the last eight years, and you’ll find it in your doctor’s office. It’s a model of health […]

Care Management: Putting Bailey First

As a MiPCT Pediatric Care Manager for the Children’s Medical Group in Bay City and Saginaw, I see children who are struggling with all kinds of chronic conditions, like diabetes, ADHD and anything in-between. Care managers like myself work with children’s primary care physicians, their families and even their schools to create custom treatment plans, […]

A Patient’s Voice: Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative

After his doctor said the word “cancer,” Bill Crooks didn’t hear much else as he tried to absorb the devastating news. “Hearing the diagnosis … it feels like life is over,” the Grand Rapids Township man said. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993, he opted for surgery to “get it out of my body.” The […]

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