Author Archives: Sven Gustafson

New statewide notification network to improve care by sharing patient data

In an ideal health care system where patient care is paramount, your primary care doctor would always be notified when you’re admitted to a hospital. Trouble is, they’re not. But a new system that BCBSM is supporting provides doctors access … Continue reading

Blue Cross Tower a popular hangout for peregrine falcons

Tina Fenech and Nancy Breedlove are avid bird watchers who work on the 21st floor of the BCBSM headquarters building in downtown Detroit. Turns out that’s a pretty good place to spot peregrine falcons, a powerful bird of prey that … Continue reading

Lower costs, better patient outcomes the goals of new Michigan hospital partnership

Imagine you have incapacitating hip pain from degenerative joint disease. You undergo pre-operative testing, a hip replacement surgery, transfer to an inpatient rehabilitation hospital and then get physical therapy services at home. Your cousin went through the same surgery a … Continue reading

Savings from PCMH program attracting attention ahead of health care reform

There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether programs that focus on greater coordination and management of an individual patient’s care — like patient-centered medical homes or Accountable Care Organizations in Medicare — can improve the health care system. … Continue reading

Blues CEO Dan Loepp takes holistic view of Detroit’s resurgence in Mackinac Policy Conference column

  Despite concerns that Detroit redevelopment efforts are bypassing the city’s neighborhoods, BCBSM President and Chief Executive Daniel J. Loepp argues in a Michigan Chronicle guest column that the resurgence seen most prominently in downtown and Midtown is benefiting the … Continue reading

Why patients will benefit from new value-based hospital reimbursement contracts

Blue Cross this week announced that it has reached an agreement with Trinity Health-Michigan to begin basing hospital reimbursement on patient outcomes and the quality and effectiveness of the care being delivered. The three-year contract is the first of its … Continue reading

Blues CEO Daniel J. Loepp tells Wayne State communications students ‘You can do it’ (with Storify)

The Wayne State University chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America honored Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan CEO Daniel J. Loepp Wednesday with the Alumni Achievement Award at an alumni and student recognition luncheon in Detroit. Loepp, … Continue reading

U-M Health System executive who heads Blues hospital initiative cited as nationwide leader in patient safety

Darrell A. “Skip” Campbell Jr., a top surgeon at the University of Michigan who leads a Blue Cross-sponsored hospital partnership focusing on reducing surgical errors, has been named one of the nation’s top 50 experts leading the field of patient … Continue reading

‘Business Imperative’: Blues Chief Daniel J. Loepp touts collaboration in health-business magazine cover story

BCBSM President and Chief Executive Daniel J. Loepp is featured on the cover of the January edition of Managed Healthcare Executive magazine for a story about the Blues’ efforts to improve health care quality and contain costs by partnering with … Continue reading

Simple remedies could improve treatment of blocked arteries, quality-improvement study finds

Patients who undergo treatment for blocked leg arteries suffer fewer complications and require fewer repeat procedures when they quit smoking and take an aspirin and statins ahead of time, according to new research funded by BCBSM. But few patients make … Continue reading