The Risks and Benefits of Radiology Exams

If you’ve received an X-ray for a foot injury, or had a CT scan to check the cause of repeated headaches, you may wonder if the radiation given off by these tests is harmful to you.  Some types of imaging tests, such as ultrasound and MRI exams, do not expose you to damaging radiation. Other […]

How Organized Systems of Care Improves Care Delivery

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and close to 40 physician organizations throughout the state are working together to determine the most effective structure and processes to improve care delivery, and to measure the outcomes of that care. One such structure is called an Organized System of Care, or OSC. An OSC is based on […]

Dr. “Skip” Campbell cited as nationwide leader in patient safety

Darrell A. “Skip” Campbell Jr., a top surgeon at the University of Michigan who leads the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, has been named one of the nation’s top 50 experts leading the field of patient safety. Becker’s Hospital Review, a monthly publication focusing on legal and business issues for hospital executives, named Campbell Jr. as one […]

Project Aims To Help Cancer Patients Stop Smoking, To Improve Treatment Outcomes

Evidence suggests that smoking may make cancer treatment less effective, and may make cancer patients less tolerant of the treatment.  Smoking may increase a cancer patient’s risk of complications from treatment, and increase the risk for a secondary cancer. Some health care professionals think that asking a cancer patient to stop smoking causes them too […]

How are we transforming health care?

Launched in 2012, three new Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQI) are among the latest Value Partnerships program aimed at improving health care value. The three CQIs are introduced in the fifth annual Partners in Health Care Report: Transforming Health Care. “Since 2005, the Blues have partnered with tens of thousands of physicians across the state – […]

‘Business Imperative’: Value Partnerships collaboration featured in health-business magazine cover story

BCBSM President and Chief Executive Daniel J. Loepp is featured on the cover of the January edition of Managed Healthcare Executive magazine for a story about the Blues’ efforts to improve health care quality and contain costs by partnering with doctors and hospitals. The story, “Business Imperative: Collaborating with  providers has become an essential strategy,” examines  […]

Orientation for new physician organizations helps PGIP program grow stronger

On a hazy Thursday morning, more than 100 people from all over Michigan – including Marquette – gathered at the BCBSM conference center in Lyon Township for a 2-day deep dive into the award-winning Physician Group Incentive Program. Two full days, one huge handbook and lots of conference carbs and candy later, attendees came away […]

Health Affairs article shows ‘fee for value’ model effective

You haven’t been feeling well, so you finally decide to call your primary care doctor.  That doctor runs a battery of tests, then refers you to a specialist to get specific treatment. “Great,” you’re thinking.  “They’re going to run the same tests and I am going to have to pay again.” When you sit down […]

Quality improvement projects in Michigan helping bend the health care cost curve

If you are concerned about what’s going on with the escalating cost of health care in this country, you should feel good about the work going on right here in Michigan. Four programs BCBSM sponsors with Michigan hospitals have saved a combined $232.8 million over three years, lowering complication rates for Michigan patients and literally […]

Daniel J. Loepp op-ed in The Detroit News celebrates success of Michigan hospital partnership

Initiatives under way across Michigan that benefit from Blue Cross’ support are receiving national recognition for their success in slowing health care costs, BCBSM President and Chief Executive Daniel J. Loepp writes in a recent Detroit News opinion piece.

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