Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan designates more than 1,200 physicians in nation's largest Patient-Centered Medical Home program
Goal is to redesign primary care for improved health care outcomes
July 6, 2009
DETROIT - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated more than 1,200 Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) physicians in roughly 145 communities across the state, making it the largest such initiative in the nation.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has posted a list of designated physicians on its Web site. People interested in locating a PCMH physician in their community can go to bcbsm.com and click on "Find Doctor" at the top of the page.
Patient-Centered Medical Home is an approach in which patients work closely with their primary care physicians (pediatricians, internists and family practice doctors) throughout their journey across the health care system. Doctors lead their engaged health care teams to coordinate patients' health status, manage chronic conditions, track all medications, offer extended access, coordinate complimentary care — such as nutrition counseling — and practice ongoing health management to keep patients healthy and prevent complications.
"This is the culmination of five years of foundational work between the Michigan Blues and its physician partners. This patient-centered medical home initiative underscores all that we have accomplished together and our shared aspirations for health care in Michigan. It is about strengthening primary care, improving delivery of care and ultimately creating medical outcomes that benefit all Michigan residents," said BCBSM President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp. "As PCMH physicians and practices designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan participate in the largest initiative in the nation, the country will be watching as they positively impact their patients' health."
The Michigan Blues PCMH program may impact close to two million Michigan residents, giving this program a significant leadership role among national discussions on health care reform. The health care delivery changes that are being implemented for PCMH will impact all patients in Michigan, including the uninsured.
"Patients who go to Patient-Centered Medical Home practices will receive a holistic and comprehensive approach to their care," said Thomas Simmer, MD, senior vice president and chief medical officer of BCBSM.
"These PCMH practices have made a tremendous effort in transforming the care process, such as offering extended access to a clinician. This should reduce patients' use of emergency departments for non-emergent conditions."
This PCMH model is part of Value Partnerships, an array of collaborative initiatives among physicians, hospitals and the Michigan Blues, all aimed at improving quality in medical care. For more information, go to valuepartnerships.com.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit organization, provides and administers health benefits to 4.7 million members residing in Michigan, in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups who reside outside the state. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com.