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Hospital and Physician Update
January – February 2020
Top story
A message from Steve Anderson
Blueprint for Affordability will help transform how health care is managed and paid for in Michigan
Over the past three years, I’ve written a great deal in this newsletter about what Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is doing to hold down the high cost of health care. Read more.
More news about quality and affordability
Blue Distinction Specialty Care program launches Substance Use Treatment and Recovery designation
The Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program has added a new Blue Distinction® Center designation for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery, effective January 2020. Read more.

We’re expanding our inpatient acute care admissions process
In a column in June 2018, Steve Anderson, vice president of Hospital Contracting and Network Administration, wrote about how we were changing the way we process inpatient acute care admissions to help reduce health care costs. Read more.
Battling the opioid epidemic
A message from Dr. Amy McKenzie
We’re committed to getting people with opioid use disorder the help they need
More than 500,000 people in Michigan with a substance use disorder fail to receive any treatment for their condition, according to a study released last year by Altarum, an Ann Arbor-based nonprofit health care consulting institute. Read more.

Free waiver training opportunities offered
The Michigan Center for Clinical Systems Improvement, known as Mi-CCSI, is hosting the American Society of Addiction Medicine Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder course at three locations in Michigan in 2020. Read more.

Battling the opioid epidemic: A roundup of recent news and information
This regular feature includes items on the opioid overdose death rate and fighting the opioid crisis in the emergency room. Read more.
Mind-body connection
Guest column from Kenneth L. Salzman, Ph.D., licensed psychologist
What role can psychotherapy play in pain management?
Approximately 50 million American adults — 20.4% of the U.S. adult population — have chronic pain, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more.
Other news and information
5 tips for improving patient portal engagement
Online patient portals are digital tools that offer a convenient and timely means of communication between patients and providers. Read more.

In brief
This regular feature includes items on life expectancy, ambulatory surgical centers and a new toolkit. Read more.
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