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Michigan Blues Launch Nation's Largest Program for Patient-Centered Medical Home
Date:4/21/2009

Program designed to strengthen doctor-patient relationship and create long-term improvements in the quality and cost of health care statewide

DETROIT, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan today announced plans to designate more than 1,000 physicians in its Patient-Centered Medical Home program, making it the largest such program in the nation. These physicians represent close to 300 primary care practices, located across Michigan. The Michigan Blues PCMH program may affect close to 2 million Michigan residents, which makes this state a significant leader among national discussions and studies regarding the future of health care.

Patient-centered medical home is an approach in which patients take an active role in their own health care, working closely with their primary care physicians (pediatricians, internists and family practice doctors) throughout the journey across the health care system. Doctors coordinate patients' health status, manage chronic conditions, track all medications, offer extended office hours and practice ongoing health management to keep patients healthy and prevent complications.

"Blue Cross's medical home program is about strengthening the bonds of doctors and patients to achieve lasting improvements in health care quality," said Daniel J. Loepp, president and CEO of the Michigan Blues.

Many studies have found that having a regular source of care with the same physician over time leads to better health and lower overall costs of care. A 2004 report in the Annals of Family Medicine concluded that if every American had a medical home, health care costs would decrease by 5.6 percent, resulting in national savings of $67 billion dollars per year and improved care quality.

The Michigan Blues and its physician partners have been testing the criteria for a Patient-Centered Medical Home program since 2004. Today's announcemen
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