2019 Annual Report: A New Model for Health Care Value and Affordability

Blues Perspectives

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In December, seven major southeast Michigan health organizations joined Blue Cross to launch a transformative new payment relationship called Blueprint for Affordability. With Blueprint, health care providers share accountability for cost, quality, efficiency and patient outcomes. Blueprint is the next step in Blue Cross’ journey away from the traditional fee-for-service payment model toward a value-based approach. Health care providers who successfully manage the cost of care for their patients and meet certain quality measures will share in the savings generated, while those who don’t will share in the cost. “Blue Cross seeks to permanently change the trajectory of health care costs in Michigan and make health care more affordable for people and employers,” said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp when the program launched in December. At launch, the program covered 30% of our total commercial PPO and Medicare Advantage market in Michigan and $4 billion in health care spend. Since the December launch, seven additional organizations joined, extending the Blueprint model to West Michigan, mid-Michigan and the northern Lower Peninsula. Organizations that have joined the Blueprint for Affordability program include:
  • Ascension Michigan (Partners in Care)
  • Affinia Health Network
  • Genesys PHO
  • Great Lakes OSC
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Holland Physician Hospital Organization
  • Michigan Medicine
  • Munson Healthcare Clinically Integrated Network
  • Northern Physicians Organization – Clinically Integrated Network (NPO-CIN)
  • Oakland Southfield Physicians
  • St. Mary’s PHO
  • The Physician Alliance
  • Trinity Health - Michigan
  • United Physicians
Read the full 2019 Annual Report.
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