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Hospital and Physician Update
May – June 2020
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A message from President and CEO Daniel J. Loepp
Blue Cross takes action to support members, health professionals and hospitals amid COVID-19 pandemic
As health professionals work tirelessly on the front lines to save lives and slow the rate of the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is working with health care providers and customers to help our members get the care they need and support the dedicated medical personnel working to keep us safe. Read more.
More about our COVID-19 response
Blue Cross teams up with Michigan hospitals for COVID‑19 data collection efforts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is working with 35 Michigan hospitals to coordinate clinical data on COVID-19 patients into a comprehensive registry that will provide new insights into best practices for treating patients with the virus. Read more.

Blue Cross uses longstanding statewide collaborations to facilitate COVID‑19 response
Collaborations that are already in place through the Value Partnerships platform have allowed us to quickly assemble health care providers statewide and give them a forum to share information related to COVID-19. Read more.
Quality and affordability
Michigan Value Collaborative: Providing data that drives quality and cost improvement
The networking opportunities and data that the Michigan Value Collaborative provides to hospitals and physicians across the state is helping improve patient outcomes and keep health care costs down. Read more.

10 questions with Jeniene Edwards
Jeniene Edwards, vice president of Utilization Management, answers questions about Blue Cross’ utilization management efforts, including prior authorization. Read more.
Battling the opioid epidemic
Blue Cross supports training programs to tackle opioid use disorder
An eight-hour training session for emergency providers enabled them to screen patients for opioid use disorder and initiate medication-assisted treatment in the emergency department. Read more.
Mind-body connection
Guest column from Kenneth L. Salzman, Ph.D., licensed psychologist
May is Mental Health Month: A good time to practice some extra self-care
Kenneth Salzman offers some strategies for coping with stress, not just for the month of May but year-round. Read more.
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