PROGRAMS Collaborative Quality Initiatives

Collaborative Quality Initiatives address many of the most common and costly areas of surgical and medical care in Michigan. In each CQI, hospitals and physicians across the state collect, share and analyze data on patient risk factors, processes of care and outcomes of care, then design and implement changes to improve patient care.

It’s working. A subset of the CQIs have saved an estimated $1.4 billion in statewide health care costs, due to decreased complications and improved patient outcomes. Much of the success comes from the three-part approach to each initiative:

  • Funding from the Blues enables hospitals and physicians to work in a collaborative environment, providing resources for data collection and analysis along with administrative oversight.
  • A separate coordinating center serves as a data warehouse, conducts data audits, performs data analyses, generates comparative performance reports, and convenes participant meetings.
  • Participants work together by sharing data and developing and implementing best practices to improve patient care throughout the state of Michigan.

This award-winning model is the first of its kind, nationally, and is internationally recognized as an innovative approach to improving health care quality and value.  The CQI program has been profiled in presentations in over 30 countries on five continents.

For more information about participating in a Collaborative Quality Initiative, please contact the CQI Administration Team at [email protected].


Emily Santer
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Awards and Recognition


eValue8 Health Plan Innovation Award

National Business Coalition on Health

'06, '11, '12, '15

Best of Blue Award

Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, for collaborative efforts in excellence and innovation


Cancer Center Innovator Award

Foley & Lardner, LLP, for innovative payment reform for and improvement in oncology treatment


Accelerator Award by Clinical Innovation + Technology Magazine


Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) Impact Accelerator Award


Dorland health Platinum Award

For Health Information Technology Systems/Quality Reporting Systems


MHA Keystone Center Patient Safety & Quality Leadership Award

Physician Leadership Award given to Hitinder S. Gurm, MD, associate professor of internal medicine, University of Michigan Health System, for his leadership of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Cardiovascular Consortium - PCI Collaborative Quality Initiative

2011, 2014, 2015

Spirit of Collaboration Award

Michigan Cancer Consortium, for contributing to the improvement of cancer care in Michigan


Best Published Paper in Robotic Surgery

Best Paper in Robotic Surgery Published in European Urology in 2016

Current Collaborations