These Surgeons Wanted to Prescribe Fewer Opioids. So They Developed a Guide for All to Use

October 16, 2017

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.

Heart Bypasses Cost Billions, but There’s Opportunity for Improvement

August 23, 2017

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.

Health reform driving payer-provider partnerships

August 3, 2017

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

The Michigan Blues PCMH program is featured in this article.

Approving Bariatric Surgery at Lower BMI May Improve Patient Outcomes

July 26, 2017

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.

More Physicians in More Counties Earn Patient-Centered Medical Home Designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

July 11, 2017

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, […]

Cardiology quality collaborative celebrates 20 years of improvements

April 28, 2017

BMC2, established in 1997, is the longest-running Value Partnership in Michigan An effort to improve quality of care and outcomes for heart patients is marking two decades of statewide collaboration. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Cardiovascular Consortium, or BMC2, was created in 1997, and has since inspired additional initiatives in other specialty areas. The percutaneous […]

Study Shows Blue Cross Patient-Centered Medical Home Model Reduces Hospital and Emergency Center Use

April 24, 2017

DETROIT, April 24, 2017 – A study published this month in Health Services Research concludes that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Patient-Centered Medical Home program is successfully reducing hospital and emergency room use and spend, due to a heightened focus on managing care for people with chronic conditions. In Blue Cross’ Patient-Centered Medical Home […]