health care costs

The Blues partner with Munson Healthcare to implement new model of reimbursement based on value, not volume

Imagine if hospitals were reimbursed based on the number of procedures or tests performed, with little regard for effectiveness or value.  Sounds expensive, right?  This fee-for-service model is the reality of our current health care system, and has been a … Continue reading

Notes from Grand Valley State University’s healthcare summit

Many eyes across West Michigan were fixed on the L.V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids last Friday, January 11, as Grand Valley State University released the details of the fourth edition of their Health Check: Analyzing Trends in West Michigan … 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

Daniel J. Loepp Op-Ed in Detroit News Celebrates Success of Michigan Hospital Partnerships

Initiatives under way across Michigan that benefit from Blue Cross’ support are receiving national recognition for their success in slowing health care costs, BCBSM President and Chief Executive Daniel J. Loepp writes in a recent Detroit News opinion piece.

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

BlueWorks Award Highlights Progress in Improving Health Care Quality, Lowering Costs for All Michigan Residents

Two surgical initiatives developed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network have been recognized as tops among 48 programs run by Blues plans nationwide, providing further validation of BCBSM’s efforts to improve health care quality, patient … Continue reading

Blues CEO Dan Loepp Talks Health Care Costs, Quality and Accountability on WJR’s Paul W. Smith Show

Blue Cross made its presence felt at the Crain’s Health Care Leadership Summit in Detroit on Thursday. Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO, delivered the welcoming address and earlier stopped by the WJR-AM radio booth for a live interview with … Continue reading

Action Plan Unveiled in Washington D.C. to Promote Partnerships in Health Care Quality, Cost Savings

Blues CEO Daniel J. Loepp traveled to Washington D.C. last week to join Scott Serota of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association in announcing a comprehensive action plan to overhaul the nation’s health care system by improving quality and … Continue reading

The Role of Information Technology in Improving Health Care

Imagine your loved one has a certain chronic condition. When a doctor asks whether she’s had an MRI recently, your loved one says “no” because she doesn’t remember receiving one — even though she just had one two weeks prior … Continue reading

BCBSM editorial in Crain’s Detroit Business

The following is an editorial from Andrew Hetzel, vice president of corporate communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that first-appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business on Oct. 31, 2010: Allow the Blues to work out the best contract On … Continue reading