Tag Archives: Patient-Centered Medical Home

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

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

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

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

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

Infographic: What would transitioning BCBSM to a nonprofit mutual mean?

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Patient-centered medical homes improving care through stronger doctor-patient relationships

To Dr. Jeffrey Huotari, the biggest factor distinguishing his patient-centered medical home practice from a conventional practice is the focus on building relationships with patients. “Our belief is relationship equals results,” says Huotari, a family medicine practitioner in Houghton who … Continue reading

Blues on the Radio: The PCMH program and how to ‘Win by Losing’ in August

This month, our ever-expanding Patient Centered Medical Home program is top of mind at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and within the radio network. The Blues’ PCMH program has expanded to more than 3,000 designated physicians at nearly 1,000 … Continue reading