“I’m Doing Better”: A Patient-Centered Medical Home Success Story

Roquel Morrison had repeatedly told her doctor she didn’t want to take insulin to treat her type 2 diabetes. With a little more digging, Cherie Bostwick, care manager at Munson Family Practice Center in Traverse City, discovered it wasn’t the insulin itself Morrison didn’t like the idea of, but rather the needles she would need […]

Patient-Centered Medical Home program shares successes on Capitol Hill

Blue Cross’s nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home program is in the news again — this time, on Capitol Hill. About 100 members of Congress and their staffs learned about the PCMH program — and its significant impact from a cost and quality perspective — on July 10 when Dr. Jean Malouin, medical director, Value Partnerships, […]

This Model of Health Care has Changed Michigan for the Better

A lot can happen in eight years. Particularly in Michigan, where the last eight years have seen a rebirth of the economy and new businesses sprouting across the state. But there’s been another positive change in Michigan over the last eight years, and you’ll find it in your doctor’s office. It’s a model of health […]

Care Management: Putting Bailey First

As a MiPCT Pediatric Care Manager for the Children’s Medical Group in Bay City and Saginaw, I see children who are struggling with all kinds of chronic conditions, like diabetes, ADHD and anything in-between. Care managers like myself work with children’s primary care physicians, their families and even their schools to create custom treatment plans, […]

Is Your Doctor Part of a PCMH? 4 Reasons You Should Find Out

Next month, a group of doctors in Michigan will earn the prestigious designation known as Patient-Centered Medical Home (or PCMH). And that means Michiganders will have even more primary care physician options if they want to be part of a PCMH. That’s great news—but only if you know what PCMH means and how it can […]

What is PCMH and OSC? Podcast

The health care industry uses a lot of acronyms.  Here in this podcast, we explain Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and Organized Systems of Care (OSC), and how the two programs focus on coordinating patient care across all points of care.  The podcast is from The Healthier Michigan Radio Show, which airs the first Tuesday of […]

How Having a PCMH Pediatrician Changed This Mom’s Life

It all started when Sarah Lanivich noticed her three-month old son, Mason, had a cough that sounded like he’d been smoking for years. The cough lingered for months, and Sarah struggled to find a diagnosis. “Mason was a happy baby, but he would cough a lot and his breathing was labored,” said Sarah.  “We just […]

Research shows PCMH model improves cancer screening rate, narrows disparities

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that the PCMH care model is associated with an increased rate of cancer screenings for colon, breast and cervical cancer.  It also showed that the disparity in cancer screening rates among patients in high and low socioeconomic groups significantly narrowed in […]

PCMH From a Patient’s Perspective

Many times on this site, we have posted about the benefits of the Patient-Centered Medical Home model of care.  We talk about it mainly from the provider’s or insurer’s point of view.  We use terms that are more clinically oriented, like “primary care sensitive admission rates.”  But it’s challenging to explain the benefits of the […]