Reflections from a patient: CQI collaboration improves quality and patient experience

I have long admired the Collaborative Quality Initiatives, but never imagined that I would personally benefit from their work.  Recently, I had a major surgical procedure.  I had the same procedure twice before outside of Michigan. Despite being decades older, this was a substantially better experience than in the past.  I had less pain and […]

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Knowledge is Power

Opioid overdoses have tripled in Michigan since 2012. Michigan ranks 10th in the nation for rates of prescribing opioids and 18th for overdose deaths. Michigan providers wrote 11 million prescriptions for opioids in 2016 — enough to give every Michigan resident about 84 opioid pills. Fortunately, Blue Cross aims to reduce the sobering trends, one […]

New Partnership Aims to Cut Opioid Addiction in Michigan

Opioid abuse statistics in Michigan are frightening: Deaths resulting from prescription drug abuse statewide is 20 percent higher than the U.S. average. In addition, nearly 40 percent of the opioids prescribed by surgeons are done so without clear guidelines for pain management. To help fight the opioid epidemic in Michigan, Blue Cross Blue Shield of […]