Michigan Coalition Successfully Reduces Unnecessary Blood Transfusions

Although blood transfusions are considered to be insignificant, and done without much forethought, the procedure is not without potential risk. “Blood transfusions are associated with infections, allergic reactions, lung injury, as well as potential for long-term complications, such as heart attack or kidney failure,” said Sarah Lanivich, senior health care analyst, Value Partnerships. “They also […]

National summit aims to expand Collaborative Quality Initiative model to other states

Surgeons from California, Washington, South Carolina – even from the United Kingdom – travelled to Northern Michigan in early October to learn about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Collaborative Quality Initiative model. Roughly 75 surgeons and health professionals gathered at an inaugural summit to share information and experiences, and inspire similar initiatives in other […]

A Health Care Hero Says Thank You

In August, I received the Crain’s Health Care Heroes Award for Corporate Achievement, in recognition of the tremendous performance of the Value Partnerships programs. While I am honored to be associated with such an award, what’s truly worth celebrating is the ten years of collaboration and progress of the Value Partnerships program. Value Partnerships is […]

An Inside Look at the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan recently announced the launch of a new program in partnership with University of Michigan’s Health System called the Michigan Emergency Department Improvement Collaborative (MEDIC). Here to explain how this newly implemented system will improve the quality of care for people across Michigan is Keith Kocher, MD, an assistant professor in the […]

Discussing 10 years of Value Partnerships

The Value Partnerships program began in 2005 and has achieved tremendous growth while improving clinical quality and health outcomes for Michigan residents.  Key program leaders discussed the many facets of the Value Partnerships portfolio on the June episode of the Healthy Michigan Radio Show on WJR-AM. Click here http://www.cumulusdetroit.com/audio/audio_015313.mp3 to hear from the following: Dr. […]

The Power of Collaborative Improvement

Guest Blogger “Keep the quality up” are words immortalized and reminisced for over a century in my adopted hometown. The number of spine surgeries has approximately doubled over the last 10 years,1 with spinal fusion becoming the dominant intervention for procedures. Back pain is a common ailment, and new procedures and adaptations of those procedures […]