Anesthesiology CQI reduces greenhouse gas emissions

April 1, 2021

The Anesthesiology Performance Improvement and Reporting Exchange CQI, or ASPIRE, aims to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients receiving anesthesia. Now, participants are focusing on improving population health as they help the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. “We often forget that providing health care can generate great amounts of waste and pollution, causing disease […]

Continuous Learning Through Peer Review Makes Angioplasty and Stenting Better in Michigan

March 9, 2021

If you receive an angioplasty at a Michigan facility, you might take comfort in knowing that the team performing the procedure participates in a statewide quality improvement initiative called the BMC2. It’s also likely that the interventional cardiologists who perform the angioplasty have received feedback from their peers, helping them learn and share best practices […]

Improving vascular care in Michigan: What to do when the simpler option turns out to be less safe, more costly

March 1, 2021

Years ago when atherectomy was introduced as an option to remove plaque in the arteries, the hope was that it would be a less costly option because the procedure could be performed in an outpatient setting. In Michigan, other artery-opening methods of balloon and stent angioplasty must be done in a hospital that has an […]

Mi-COVID19 registry earns national recognition

January 18, 2021

The Collaborative Quality Initiative program was recently awarded the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s Fast Network Best Practice Prize, for the rapid development and implementation efforts of the Mi-COVID19 registry. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan demonstrated the effectiveness of CQI programs in rapidly bringing together providers across the state to implement quality improvement […]

Tom Leyden Receives National Health Care Leadership Award

December 2, 2020

One of the strengths of the Value Partnerships platform is the collaborative atmosphere among participants and Blue Cross. And one of the primary people guiding this collaborative atmosphere for the past 13 years has been Tom Leyden, Value Partnerships director. So it was fitting to see Tom recognized with the Primary Care Community Leadership/Research Award […]

Patient Involvement in Collaborative Quality Initiatives Offers Clinical Care Insight

October 9, 2020

Physicians and surgeons are finding that some of the best information to help them improve clinical quality and outcomes may come straight from their patients. In fact, patients and their caregivers add their input by sharing their experiences with providers in six of 17 Blue Cross Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQI). CQIs bring together Michigan hospitals […]

PGIP Physician Organizations Leverage Patient-Centered Medical Home Concepts to Maintain Patient Care During COVID-19 Pandemic

September 15, 2020

COVID-19 hit hard in Michigan in early 2020. So many people were infected with the virus that physician offices closed to in-person appointments to help contain the spread. Physician offices needed to swiftly transition to virtual appointments and find alternate ways for their patients to receive necessary care. For MedNetOne Health Solutions (MedNetOne), a PGIP-participating […]

Securing Patient-Centered Care Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic Disruption

September 15, 2020

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has changed our everyday lives, from going to work to doing errands and even interacting with friends and family. COVID-19 also has changed the way we provide and receive health care, including the most basic of health care standards – the office visit. In the early months of the coronavirus crisis, […]

A New Distinction for Safety, Quality and Outcomes in Substance Use Treatment & Recovery

August 25, 2020

Sometimes just getting through the day is a challenge for people with substance use disorders. Add the stress surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and it becomes overwhelming. COVID-19 has contributed to increased sense of fear, isolation and anxiety, all of which can trigger increased substance use behavior. “We’ve seen an increase in people seeking help. There’s […]

Dramatic Rise in Telehealth Use Enabled by Blue Cross Incentives, Support

July 17, 2020

In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic changed how we live, work and socialize. It has also drastically changed the way people receive health care services. As people put off care to avoid potential exposure at in-person office visits, HIPAA privacy rules were temporarily relaxed so that more health care providers could get access […]