Blue Cross CQI model enables rapid, statewide COVID-19 response

May 21, 2020

When the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Michigan, our health care community urgently responded. As people flooded emergency departments and hospital ICUs filled up, medical professionals tried to understand how this strange new illness progressed, and how to best treat those suffering with it. COVID-19 is a “novel” coronavirus, meaning it is a new strain not […]

Blue Cross leverages longstanding statewide collaborations to facilitate COVID-19 response

March 18, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging the speed and resiliency of many health organizations as situations and protocols rapidly change. Because of the statewide collaborations already in place through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Value Partnerships platform, physician organizations and practices throughout the state have been able to connect and share vital information on patient […]

Access to substance use treatment boosted through statewide training programs

March 10, 2020

Despite the blizzard-like conditions, more than 60 emergency physicians and nurses from across Michigan traveled to Lansing in late February for a critical day of training. The eight-hour training session would enable them to screen patients for opioid use disorder and initiate medication assisted treatment (MAT) right in the emergency department, getting patients needed support […]

CQIs: A 20-year partnership

March 2, 2020

Back in the late 1990s, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan was investigating ways to support efforts to improve health care processes and quality. “We realized we had to do a better job of creating value in health care,” said Thomas Simmer, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, BCBSM. A grant from the […]

Expanding and improving a patient-centered model of care

September 23, 2019

The Blue Cross PCMH program has already led to more than $626 million in cost savings, due to reduced or prevented ER visits and hospital stays. It works, because of the collaboration among many.

Reflections from a patient: CQI collaboration improves quality and patient experience

July 17, 2019

I have long admired the Collaborative Quality Initiatives, but never imagined that I would personally benefit from their work. 

Reducing excessive imaging in the emergency room can save millions, per CQI study

July 3, 2019

A new study, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, found that Michigan hospitals could avoid more than $3.8 million annually simply by reducing the amount of low-value imaging tests performed in the emergency room.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: Knowledge is Power

November 21, 2018

Opioid overdoses have tripled in Michigan since 2012. Michigan ranks 10th in the nation for rates of prescribing opioids and 18th for overdose deaths.

A $2 solution for blood clot prevention after knee surgery

November 13, 2018

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 […]

Michigan Coalition Successfully Reduces Unnecessary Blood Transfusions

September 25, 2018

Although blood transfusions are considered to be insignificant, and done without much forethought, the procedure is not without potential risk. “Blood transfusions are associated with infections, allergic reactions, lung injury, as well as potential for long-term complications, such as heart attack or kidney failure,” said Sarah Lanivich, senior health care analyst, Value Partnerships. “They also […]