Podcast 13: What are the results of the Michigan Blues PCMH model of care?

While reducing the cost of health care by $155 million over three years sounds impressive, doing so while improving the quality of care is even more notable. And that is exactly what has been done by the Michigan Blues, in … Continue reading

Podcast 12: Helping military medics transition to civilian life

With an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent in 2012 among military veterans, Michigan ranks 37th in employing those who have defended our country. The state also faces a deficit of 300 paramedics each year. To address those two needs, Lansing … Continue reading

Collaboration drives patient-centered medical home adoption across Michigan

Traditionally, the relationship between health insurance companies and physicians was contentious. As health care costs climbed upward, fingers were often pointed toward one another, leaving patients stuck in the middle. The pressure to begin controlling costs led to the idea … Continue reading

What is a Patient-Centered Medical Home?

For the last five years, the Blues in Michigan have led the country in designating Patient-Centered Medical Homes. In addition to improving the quality of care, over the past three years, PCMH practices in Michigan have proven to reduce costs … Continue reading

Podcast #7: Changing the BCBSM experience for all customers

As the health insurance industry changes, the way health insurance companies talk with their customers must change.  The effort to improve the customer experience at the Blues is being led by Kathryn Levine, vice president for corporate marketing and customer … Continue reading

Podcast #6: Blazing a trail to a sustainable health care benefit for your employees

For employers who have questions about how the Affordable Care Act will impact their business, BCBSM recently launched a new website, www.predictablehealthcosts.com, otherwise known as Glidepath. In this podcast, Ken Dallafior, Executive Vice President, Group Business and Corporate Marketing for … Continue reading

Podcast #5: Partnering with Detroit businesses for creative solution for Detroit’s first responders

Recently, several business leaders gathered to announce an $8 million partnership to lease new emergency vehicles to the City of Detroit through the Downtown Detroit Partnership.   BCBSM joined Chrysler, Ford, GM, Penske Corporation, Quicken Loans, the Kresge Foundation and … 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

[PODCAST] Episode #4: How Body & Soul and the Blues Community Challenge helped one Grand Rapids pastor

Pastor Nathaniel Moody of Brown Hutcherson Ministries in Grand Rapids was a part of the first Body & Soul and the Blues Community Challenge in 2006, and his participation has transformed his personal journey toward good health.  He talks with … Continue reading

[PODCAST] Episode #3: How Make The Play for Healthier Habits helped build sense of community

The Make The Play for Healthy Habits contest is back, where kids from grades four through eight have a chance to win a school assembly with Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.  Mark Watson, the principal of Warner Upper Elementary where … Continue reading


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