2017 Value Partnerships Annual Report
Read about the progress the Value Partnerships program made in 2017. (PDF)
News and Releases
Short-term Use of IV Devices Is Common — and Risky — Study Shows
February 26, 2018 by Guest blogger
...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.
A Grass-Roots Effort to Make Colon Surgery Safer
January 30, 2018 by Kara Gavin
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
January 8, 2018 by Eli Zimmerman
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
November 1, 2017 by Michigan Medicine
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
October 16, 2017 by Kara Gavin
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.
Michigan Health Lab
Heart Bypasses Cost Billions, but There’s Opportunity for Improvement
August 23, 2017 by Kara Gavin
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
Health reform driving payer-provider partnerships
August 3, 2017 by Les Masterson
The Michigan Blue Cross PCMH program is featured as one of six key value-based programs to watch nationwide.
PCMHs thrive with use of pop health technology
July 31, 2017 by Donna Marbury
The Michigan Blues PCMH program is featured in this article.
Managed Healthcare Executive
Approving Bariatric Surgery at Lower BMI May Improve Patient Outcomes
July 26, 2017 by Kara Gavin
As more Americans turn to bariatric surgery for weight loss, a new study suggests they may not want to wait until their BMI exceeds 40 to reap the biggest benefits.
M Health Lab
More Physicians in More Counties Earn Patient-Centered Medical Home Designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
July 11, 2017 by Debbie Reinheimer
DETROIT, July 11, 2017 – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and its provider partners once again lead the nation in the comprehensive, regional adoption of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of primary care, as 4,692 physicians in 1,709 practices have earned designation as patient-centered medical homes this year. In its ninth year of designation, […]