Blues President & CEO addresses primary care physicians on the importance of Patient-Centered Medical Home

Approximately 150 physicians and other health care providers hear from Daniel J. Loepp regarding national health care reform and how BCBSM is partnering with providers to play a major role in transforming health care

April 27, 2009

TROY - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President & CEO Daniel J. Loepp spoke with ambulatory primary care physicians and other health care providers today on the topics of national health care reform and the Patient-Centered Medical Home model.

Loepp joined BCBSM Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Tom Simmer, M.D., earlier this week in launching the Blues' Patient-Centered Medical Home program, which is the largest in the nation. On Wednesday, the Michigan Blues initiative was in the national spotlight as Loepp joined Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association President & CEO Scott P. Serota in a press conference that illustrated how Blues plans, which combine to cover more than 102 million Americans, are innovating in ways that positively impact the national health care delivery system.

Those in attendance today at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy were participating in the "Practical Update for Primary Care Medicine" program sponsored by Beaumont Hospitals.

Loepp told the audience that the Blues' Patient-Centered Medical Home program is the largest in the nation because it will engage more than 1,000 physicians' offices and more than 300 practice groups across the state, and could mean positive health impacts for up to 2 million Michigan residents.

"Patient Centered Medical Home is one of the components at the core of President Obama's national health care reform efforts. I am proud to say in Michigan, thanks to the partnership that exists between the Blues and Primary Care Physicians, we are on the leading edge with the largest Patient-Centered Medical Home initiative in the country: one that has the opportunity to be not only the largest, but the best," Loepp told the audience.

"As we ask the question nationally 'why haven't we succeeded in health care?' we can point locally to reasons why it can work and is working," Loepp added. "Because, together, we are engaged in programs that reward population-based improvement in care, reduce variations in care, enhance information infrastructure and strengthen primary care.

Loepp stressed to the audience that the Patient-Centered Medical Home model is in its early stages and emphasized the intent to grow and improve the initiative, in partnership with Michigan's provider community.

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