Navigation Links
Efforts by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Physician Practices Help Michigan Become a Leading Adopter of E-prescribing
Date:8/6/2009

DETROIT, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of physician practices in Michigan have teamed with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan to help a movement that has made the state one of the national leaders of e-prescribing.

One of those doctors is Michael Schaub who, with Physician Assistant Jake Sauve, has wiped out the danger of doctors' scrawl on prescriptions they write in their family practice. They're among 1,200 Michigan prescribers -- doctors and other medical professionals who prescribe medications -- who have moved from handwriting to electronically producing medication orders in a BCBSM-supported initiative.

"Our handwriting is not always the greatest," said Schaub about himself and Sauve, partners who care for adults and children at Northern Lights Family Medicine in West Michigan's Montague. "But every prescription we write is 100 percent legible because of e-prescribing."

In the BCBSM e-prescribing program, doctors electronically send prescription information directly to pharmacists through a secure Web portal. Partnering doctors get access to BCBSM's full-featured stand-alone e-prescribing management system, free hardware, help with installation and Web access for two years.

"Through this partnership with physicians and their teams, we've helped boost e-prescribing to more than 4,800 -- or about 30 percent -- of all doctor's offices across Michigan," said James Lang, Blues vice president of Pharmacy Services. "The efforts underway by BCBSM and doctor's offices are among the industry's best and most progressive."

E-prescribing results in improved patient safety and system efficiencies. To help prevent potentially dangerous drug interactions, a primary care physician can use an e-prescribing system to see what medications have been prescribed for a patient by specialists. Doctors can view their own medication records for a patient. Upon entering prescribing orders, doctors can get alerts about potential harmful interactions, drug allergies and dosing issues. E-prescribing also may reduce time spent by pharmacy staff to make callbacks to doctors' offices, and it avoids paper waste.

More than 1 million prescriptions have been handled by the BCBSM program. Current volume is about 130,000 prescriptions per month. Nearly 50,000 member alerts have been triggered. About 30 percent of them resulted in the prescribing doctor taking action to resolve potential problems.

The collaborative program is one of several e-prescribing efforts supported by BCBSM. E-prescribing is also supported through BCBSM's Physician Group Incentive Program, a collaborative effort that includes 35 participating physician organizations across Michigan. They represent some 6,400 primary care physicians and specialists who care for about 1.6 million patients. The program provides incentives to physician groups for introducing efficiencies in the delivery of care. In some cases, the physician groups use their incentives dollars to start or maintain e-prescribing in their offices.

In Southeast Michigan, Blue Cross is a very active participant in a coalition saluted in June for boosting Michigan to third in the nation in e-prescribing. Michigan ranked third, behind only Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in the Safe-Rx Award from Surescripts, America's largest electronic network. The Safe-Rx Award recognizes Blue Cross and fellow partners in the Southeast Michigan E-prescribing Initiative as national leaders in e-prescribing.

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. The company offers a broad variety of plans including: Traditional Blue Cross Blue Shield; Blue Preferred(R), Community Blue(SM) and Healthy Blue Incentives(SM) PPOs; Blue Care Network HMO; BCN Healthy Blue Living(SM); Flexible Blue(SM) plans compatible with health savings accounts; Medicare Advantage; Part D Prescription Drug plans, and MyBlue(SM) products in the under-age-65 individual market. BCBSM also offers dental, vision and hearing plans. 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.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Sanofi-Aventis Recognized for Workplace Efforts to Prevent Cancer
2. Angelman Syndrome Foundation Takes Major Step Toward Furthering Research Efforts
3. Kaiser Permanente Honored for Efforts to Combat Obesity With 2009 Pioneering Innovation Award at Weight of the Nation Conference
4. Iowa Committee Produces Principles for National Efforts to Reform Health Care
5. Eric Pettigrew to Lead Regences Community and Business Relations Efforts
6. University of Michigan Health System Experts Available to Comment on Health Care Reform Efforts
7. Tennis Elbow, Shin Splints and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Could Be a Thing of the Past Due to New Efforts with Sports Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
8. Independence Blue Cross Expands Its Preventive Health Efforts With Focus on Heart Disease and Diabetes
9. Stimulus Funds Support VA Energy Conservation Efforts
10. New national adolescent weight control registry will recognize successful teen weight loss efforts
11. Concord Coalition Warns That Health Care Reform Efforts Must Improve Nations Financial Outlook
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/20/2017)... PA (PRWEB) , ... February 20, 2017 , ... ... collaborating to help health care providers better manage patient health risks, foster behavior change ... medication video library in the world, will present a demonstration of its video capability ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... TX (PRWEB) , ... February 20, 2017 , ... ... is now offering a full range of emergency dental care at his office, ... and gums. When patients experience dental emergencies, they are at risk for serious ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... February 19, 2017 , ... The Citadel’s new Swain ... is being led by Amelia Joseph, Ph.D. Joseph was engaged by the college as ... nursing department in early 2016. After a nation-wide search, she was selected to head ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 17, ... ... Change for Devicemakers , Sponsored by Axendia, **FDAnews Free Webinar**, March 1, ... Are manufacturers looking to reduce their regulatory burden? Pay dividends in enhanced ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... February 18, 2017 , ... ... Use Pixel Film Studios ’ ProParagraph Fashion Volume 2 for all multi-line ... other applications. Users can pick and choose from hand-crafted trend-setting designs with ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/20/2017)... , Feb. 20, 2017   Orion Health ... its Amadeus precision medicine platform to the ... currently manages over 110 million patient records globally. ... developing cloud-based, big data solutions built on modern, scalable ... Healthcare and Life Sciences. "The AWS Cloud gives healthcare ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... , Feb. 20, 2017 Seal Shield ... health IT solution for mobile device management and disinfection, ... HIMSS Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Fla. ... Mobile devices have become commonplace in today,s ... a new set of concerns, including the disinfection and ...
(Date:2/20/2017)... Feb. 20, 2017  There has been a paradigm ... (NCDs) across sub-Saharan Africa, which in turn is driving ... of more Western lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disease ... infectious and parasitic illness, will present the pharmaceutical industry ... opportunity of $40.8 billion in 2019. "An ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: