Discussing 10 years of Value Partnerships

The Value Partnerships program began in 2005 and has achieved tremendous growth while improving clinical quality and health outcomes for Michigan residents.  Key program leaders discussed the many facets of the Value Partnerships portfolio on the June episode of the Healthy Michigan Radio Show on WJR-AM. Click here http://www.cumulusdetroit.com/audio/audio_015313.mp3 to hear from the following: Dr. […]

Michigan Collaborative Recognized for Advancing Prostate Cancer Care

The Michigan Urological Surgery Improvement Collaborative (MUSIC) recently earned a Best of Blue Clinical Distinction Award from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.  MUSIC was selected from more than 30 entries from Blues plans across the nation to receive the top honor for clinical programs that improve quality and outcomes. The collaborative has achieved meaningful […]

Three published research studies point to Value Partnerships progress

In the past few months, there have been several favorable articles in peer-reviewed journals about the Physician Group Incentive Program and Patient Centered Medical Homes. The positive results are a testament to the diligence of our program partners and staff, and we are excited to share them! A study of 2,218 primary care practices in […]

Research shows PCMH model improves cancer screening rate, narrows disparities

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that the PCMH care model is associated with an increased rate of cancer screenings for colon, breast and cervical cancer.  It also showed that the disparity in cancer screening rates among patients in high and low socioeconomic groups significantly narrowed in […]

Value Partnerships Staff Heads West for Pay for Performance Summit

In early March, Jean Malouin, M.D., medical director, and I had the pleasure of traveling to sunny San Francisco to present about our transition here at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan from fee-for-service to fee-for-value. I’m pleased to report we actually came back…did I mention it was sunny there? And 65 degrees? The tenth […]

The Power of Collaborative Improvement

Guest Blogger “Keep the quality up” are words immortalized and reminisced for over a century in my adopted hometown. The number of spine surgeries has approximately doubled over the last 10 years,1 with spinal fusion becoming the dominant intervention for procedures. Back pain is a common ailment, and new procedures and adaptations of those procedures […]

PCMH From a Patient’s Perspective

Many times on this site, we have posted about the benefits of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care.  We talk about it mainly from the provider’s or insurer’s point of view.  We use terms that are more clinically oriented, like “primary care sensitive admission rates.”  But it’s challenging to explain the benefits of the […]

Researchers find 1 in 5 hysterectomies may be unnecessary – MSQC data used

A research study led by University of Michigan used data from the Michigan Surgery Quality Collaborative (MSQC) to assess whether alternatives to hysterectomy are recommended to women with benign gynecologic disease, as recommended by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  Medical records on 3,397 women who underwent hysterectomies for benign conditions were reviewed and […]

Value Partnerships closes 2014 with three new awards

Three Value Partnerships initiatives recently earned awards, recognizing the programs for their positive impact on health care quality and patient care outcomes. • The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative and its project director, Dr. Darrell “Skip” Campbell, earned the 2014 Impact Accelerator Award from the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan. […]

Helping patients and each other choose wisely

Daniel Wolfson, MHSA, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, hears a lot of stories about over-use and unnecessary care in his travels as head of the ABIM Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign. He even has his own example of receiving four EKGs prior to cataract surgery, even […]

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