Expanding and improving a patient-centered model of care

September 23, 2019

The Blue Cross PCMH program has already led to more than $626 million in cost savings, due to reduced or prevented ER visits and hospital stays. It works, because of the collaboration among many.

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

July 17, 2019

I have long admired the Collaborative Quality Initiatives, but never imagined that I would personally benefit from their work. 

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

July 3, 2019

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.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Knowledge is Power

November 21, 2018

Opioid overdoses have tripled in Michigan since 2012. Michigan ranks 10th in the nation for rates of prescribing opioids and 18th for overdose deaths.

A $2 solution for blood clot prevention after knee surgery

November 13, 2018

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

September 25, 2018

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

September 25, 2018

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

September 25, 2018

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 […]

PCMH at Munson Family Practice Center

September 6, 2018

Roquel has learned to care for herself and keep her diabetes in check, thanks to her PCMH care manager from Munson Family Practice Center. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSM provides and administers health benefits to more […]

Pharmacist Now part of the PCMH care team

September 6, 2018

Thirlby Clinic in Traverse City is one of the PCMH practices that uses pharmacists as part of their care team. Pharmacists help patients manage their conditions, use medication correctly, and make sure medications are effective. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit mutual insurance company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and […]