Reflections from a patient: CQI collaboration improves quality and patient experience

I have long admired the Collaborative Quality Initiatives, but never imagined that I would personally benefit from their work.  Recently, I had a major surgical procedure.  I had the same procedure twice before outside of Michigan. Despite being decades older, this was a substantially better experience than in the past.  I had less pain and […]

Reducing excessive imaging in the emergency room can save millions, per CQI study

A new study, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that Michigan hospitals could avoid more than $3.8 million annually simply by reducing the amount of low-value imaging tests performed in the emergency room. For the study, physicians examined data from more than 1 million emergency visits from 16 Michigan hospitals. The data is […]

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Knowledge is Power

Opioid overdoses have tripled in Michigan since 2012. Michigan ranks 10th in the nation for rates of prescribing opioids and 18th for overdose deaths. Michigan providers wrote 11 million prescriptions for opioids in 2016 — enough to give every Michigan resident about 84 opioid pills. Fortunately, Blue Cross aims to reduce the sobering trends, one […]

A $2 solution for blood clot prevention after knee surgery

Sometimes, the answer to a complicated medical challenge isn’t complicated at all. In the case of the Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative (MARCQI), an analysis of 30 months of data from Michigan patients having total knee transplants found that aspirin worked as well as anticoagulants to prevent blood clots after the procedure. “There are […]

Michigan Coalition Successfully Reduces Unnecessary Blood Transfusions

Although blood transfusions are considered to be insignificant, and done without much forethought, the procedure is not without potential risk. “Blood transfusions are associated with infections, allergic reactions, lung injury, as well as potential for long-term complications, such as heart attack or kidney failure,” said Sarah Lanivich, senior health care analyst, Value Partnerships. “They also […]

Blue Cross CEO Dan Loepp: PCMH is a Model Program for Higher-Quality Care

Let’s face it. Everyone wants to be healthy. No one wants to go to the Emergency Room – especially if it can be avoided. That’s why we’ve worked hard to help our members stay healthier through our nationally-recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home program. In a Patient-Centered Medical Home, primary care physicians lead teams to proactively tailor care […]

“I’m Doing Better”: A Patient-Centered Medical Home Success Story

Roquel Morrison had repeatedly told her doctor she didn’t want to take insulin to treat her type 2 diabetes. With a little more digging, Cherie Bostwick, care manager at Munson Family Practice Center in Traverse City, discovered it wasn’t the insulin itself Morrison didn’t like the idea of, but rather the needles she would need […]

Oncology collaborative adds ovarian cancer as a special focus

The Michigan Oncology Quality Consortium was launched in 2010 with the ambitious goal of improving the quality of cancer care provided to patients across the state of Michigan. As a result, over 90 percent of eligible Michigan oncologists participate to promote high-quality, effective, and cost-efficient care for cancer patients. Late last year, MOQC expanded its […]

Study: More people are receiving coronary revascularization under the Healthy Michigan Plan

Thanks to the rich amount of data available through the cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery CQIs, researchers at Michigan Medicine found that Michigan’s Medicaid expansion has helped more patients obtain needed heart surgery or angioplasty procedures. In addition, those newly insured with Medicaid had no increase in complications, length of stay or mortality. “Despite the concern […]

National summit aims to expand Collaborative Quality Initiative model to other states

Surgeons from California, Washington, South Carolina – even from the United Kingdom – travelled to Northern Michigan in early October to learn about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Collaborative Quality Initiative model. Roughly 75 surgeons and health professionals gathered at an inaugural summit to share information and experiences, and inspire similar initiatives in other […]

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