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. And, those […]

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 […]

Blue Cross CQIs Gaining National Attention

Since the cardiovascular consortium, the very first collaborative quality initiative, was launched in 1997, with funding from the BCBSM Foundation, Blue Cross has since launched more than 20 consortiums across areas of surgical and medical care, all looking at ways to improve safety, quality and processes for procedures that are high cost and have high […]

Patient-Centered Medical Home program shares successes on Capitol Hill

Blue Cross’s nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home program is in the news again — this time, on Capitol Hill. About 100 members of Congress and their staffs learned about the PCMH program — and its significant impact from a cost and quality perspective — on July 10 when Dr. Jean Malouin, medical director, Value Partnerships, […]

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 […]

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