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.
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.
August 3, 2017
The Michigan Blue Cross PCMH program is featured as one of six key value-based programs to watch nationwide.
July 31, 2017
The Michigan Blues PCMH program is featured in this article.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]