Is Your Doctor Part of a PCMH? 4 Reasons You Should Find Out

Next month, a group of doctors in Michigan will earn the prestigious designation known as Patient-Centered Medical Home (or PCMH). And that means Michiganders will have even more primary care physician options if they want to be part of a PCMH. That’s great news—but only if you know what PCMH means and how it can […]

Does Design Thinking Have a Place in Health Care? This Initiative Says Yes.

How do we improve the health care process? In a laboratory? In an operating room? For a new CQI that’s working on improving the transition from hospital to home or hospital to subacute facility to home, the group began by gathering at the studio for the Stamps Master of Integrative Design (MDes) program at the […]

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan a national leader in evolution away from “fee-for-service” provider reimbursement

Comparing against national data for 2015 published today by a health care industry payment reform coalition, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is far-and-away outpacing the coalition’s member health plans in evolving provider reimbursement away from the old fee-for-service system, toward structures where population-based health management and quality patient outcomes are major factors in payment. […]

Cardiologist who leads Angioplasty collaborative earns MHA Keystone Patient Safety and Quality award

Congratulations to Hitinder S. Gurm, MD, director of the Angioplasty Collaborative Quality Initiative, for earning the MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety & Quality Leadership Award.  The award recognizes Dr. Gurm’s leadership of the statewide angioplasty initiative, a collaboration that has improved safety and lowered complications of angioplasty procedures across the state. The initiative collects data […]

Blue Cross Helps Make Michigan One of the Safest States for Prostate Biopsies

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men after skin cancer—it’s estimated that there will be more than 220,000 new cases this year and more than two million men in the U.S. are prostate cancer survivors. But there is some good news: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Urological Surgery […]

What is PCMH and OSC? Podcast

The health care industry uses a lot of acronyms.  Here in this podcast, we explain Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Organized Systems of Care (OSC), and how the two programs focus on coordinating patient care across all points of care.  The podcast is from The Healthier Michigan Radio Show, which airs the first Tuesday of […]

How Having a PCMH Pediatrician Changed This Mom’s Life

It all started when Sarah Lanivich noticed her three-month old son, Mason, had a cough that sounded like he’d been smoking for years. The cough lingered for months, and Sarah struggled to find a diagnosis. “Mason was a happy baby, but he would cough a lot and his breathing was labored,” said Sarah.  “We just […]

A Health Care Hero Says Thank You

In August, I received the Crain’s Health Care Heroes Award for Corporate Achievement, in recognition of the tremendous performance of the Value Partnerships programs. While I am honored to be associated with such an award, what’s truly worth celebrating is the ten years of collaboration and progress of the Value Partnerships program. Value Partnerships is […]

How Organized Systems of Care Are Changing Michigan Health Care for the Better

One of the major problems with the U.S. health care system is that is incredibly fragmented. Traditionally, medical professionals face many barriers to effective and timely communication with one another when treating patients in different settings, and as a result, care is often poorly coordinated, inefficient and costly. That was the primary motivation which inspired […]

An Inside Look at the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recently announced the launch of a new program in partnership with University of Michigan’s Health System called the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC). Here to explain how this newly implemented system will improve the quality of care for people across Michigan is Keith Kocher, MD, an assistant professor in the […]

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