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 […]

A $2 solution for blood clot prevention after knee surgery

Sometimes, the answer to a complicated medical challenge isn’t complicated at all. In the case of the Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative (MARCQI), an analysis of 30 months of data from Michigan patients having total knee transplants found that aspirin worked as well as anticoagulants to prevent blood clots after the procedure. “There are […]

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 […]

Collaboration creates guidelines to avoid unnecessary testing on prostate cancer patients

Bone and CT scans can tell us if a patient’s prostate cancer has spread beyond the prostate and into surrounding bone or tissue. However, the scans themselves are expensive, and expose patients to harmful radiation. The scans often result in false positives, which lead to additional expensive and sometimes painful procedures. But most importantly, the […]

Enhanced Recovery Program: Making the Surgery Experience Better From Beginning to End

Hearing the words “You have to have surgery,” is unsettling and can cause a lot of stress and fear. But Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan knows that improving patients’ pre- and post-surgery experience can have a huge impact on both stress levels and recovery. That’s why the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative (MSQC) started the […]

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 […]

Improving Surgical Skill Through Peer-to-Peer Coaching

It was early on a fall Friday morning, and as the sun twinkled through the brightly colored trees of the golf resort, the surgeons gathered their bags and went to the meeting room. They were not golfing that day. The bags contained laptops and notepads, not golf clubs. This group of about 30 surgeons were […]

Value Partnerships closes 2014 with three new awards

Three Value Partnerships initiatives recently earned awards, recognizing the programs for their positive impact on health care quality and patient care outcomes. • The Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative and its project director, Dr. Darrell “Skip” Campbell, earned the 2014 Impact Accelerator Award from the Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation at the University of Michigan. […]