2017 Value Partnerships Annual Report

Read about the progress the Value Partnerships program made in 2017. (PDF)

News and Releases

Hospitals Send Some Patients Home With Risky Antibiotic Prescriptions
Even as hospitals try to cut back on prescribing fluoroquinolones — powerful but risky antibiotics — a new study shows that many patients still head home with prescriptions for those same drugs, increasing their risk of everything from “superbug” infections to torn tendons.
Michigan Health Lab
Hip, Knee Replacement Registry Reaches 250,000 Cases
A statewide collaborative is identifying ways to improve patient care for hip and knee replacements through quality improvement projects.
Michigan Health Lab
Surgical patients receive four times the opioids they use, study shows
Surgeons have prescribed opioids at rate that's nearly four times what patients actually use, according to a new study.
Modern Healthcare
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Marks 10 Years of Health Care Transformation with Patient-Centered Medical Home Designation Program
Short-term Use of IV Devices Is Common — and Risky — Study Shows
...a new study finds that one in every four times a PICC gets inserted, the patient didn’t need it long enough to justify the risks that it can also pose.
Michigan Medicine
A Grass-Roots Effort to Make Colon Surgery Safer
Work to reduce surgical site infections, sepsis and more at dozens of hospitals across Michigan shows promise — but room to improve.
M Health Lab
MSQC quality recommendations improve SSI in colectomy patients
The rate of surgical site infections in colectomy patients decreased as hospitals implemented three specific care measures promoted by the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, according to a study funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
ACS Surgery News
To make surgery safer & less-expensive for all, take the Michigan model national
Data-driven, insurer-funded improvement approach has saved lives & dollars at 72 Michigan hospitals; federal help could accelerate change.
Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation
These Surgeons Wanted to Prescribe Fewer Opioids. So They Developed a Guide for All to Use
How many prescription pain pills should a patient receive after breast cancer surgery? Or hernia repair? Or gallbladder removal? With the country facing an epidemic of opioid pain medication abuse, the answer should be simple: just enough to ease immediate post-surgery pain. But surgical teams have lacked an evidence-based guide, or even rules of thumb, to help them gauge this amount. Until now.
Michigan Health Lab
Heart Bypasses Cost Billions, but There’s Opportunity for Improvement
Coronary artery bypass expenses vary widely across hospitals, a new study finds. Addressing a few key areas could lower hospital bills and improve quality of care.
Michigan Health Lab
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