Does Design Thinking Have a Place in Health Care? This Initiative Says Yes.

How do we improve the health care process? In a laboratory? In an operating room? For a new CQI that’s working on improving the transition from hospital to home or hospital to subacute facility to home, the group began by gathering at the studio for the Stamps Master of Integrative Design (MDes) program at the […]

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 […]

Three published research studies point to Value Partnerships progress

In the past few months, there have been several favorable articles in peer-reviewed journals about the Physician Group Incentive Program and Patient Centered Medical Homes. The positive results are a testament to the diligence of our program partners and staff, and we are excited to share them! A study of 2,218 primary care practices in […]

Value Partnerships Staff Heads West for Pay for Performance Summit

In early March, Jean Malouin, M.D., medical director, and I had the pleasure of traveling to sunny San Francisco to present about our transition here at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan from fee-for-service to fee-for-value. I’m pleased to report we actually came back…did I mention it was sunny there? And 65 degrees? The tenth […]

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 […]

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