Integrating Behavioral Health With Primary Care

At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, we recognize the important role that behavioral health practitioners can play in improving patient care. In addition to treating patients with psychiatric disorders, they can help patients cope with chronic medical problems, comply with medication regimens and adjust to life changes, stress, anxiety and pain. Patients who have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]