Author Archives: Thomas L. Simmer, M.D.

Quality Improvement Projects in Michigan Helping Bend the Health Care Cost Curve

If you are concerned about what’s going on with the escalating cost of health care in this country, you should feel good about the work going on right here in Michigan. Four programs BCBSM sponsors with Michigan hospitals have saved … Continue reading

Why Paying Health Care Providers for Outcomes Benefits Everyone

There’s a movement among insurers policymakers and health care leaders about embracing pay-for-performance as a way to improve health care quality and lower costs. In recent weeks, Blue Cross has announced contracts based on this model of reimbursement with both … Continue reading