Tag Archives: Cost of Care

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

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

Coming soon: New user-friendly enhancements for members at bcbsm.com (video)

In our ongoing commitment to improve the customer experience, and to help members better manage their health plan online, we’ve made significant improvements to the member area of bcbsm.com. Starting this summer, members will see a personal snapshot of their … Continue reading

Reports address high cost of health care, what’s being done to control cost

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an eye-opening report that showed what hospitals across the country bill for 100 of the most common medical procedures. The report revealed huge differences in the charges of procedures … Continue reading

Wondering how health care reform will affect you? New healthcarereformbasics.com makes it simple

Confused about health care reform? You’re hardly alone. Studies show that Americans have a low awareness of what the Affordable Care Act does and are more familiar with the contentious politics surrounding the law. A recent New York Times story … 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

How information technology is enhancing health care value

Information technology has an important role to play in health care payment and delivery reforms. Dr. George Kipa, BCBSM’s deputy corporate medical director, recently appeared on a panel at the annual meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator for … 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

New Connect 2Bfit site uses social networking to spark employee wellness programs

Let’s face it: It’s tough to be healthy. With busy schedules and tight budgets, it can be difficult to eat right, get regular exercise and see the doctor regularly. Yet research shows that friends, family and coworkers influence our health … Continue reading