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Michigan Collaboration Saves Lives, Improves Outcomes for Heart Surgery Patients
Date:2/2/2009

in this initiative continues to increase, more surgeons are collaborating, and surgeons from other states are seeking our help to launch similar initiatives."

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network provide funding for data collection, data audits, and data analysis to facilitate improved understanding of outcomes.

"This initiative closely connects to the Blues mission of improving the health and well-being of Michigan residents. It absolutely makes sense for us to support this quality collaboration," says David Share, M.D., MPH, senior associate medical director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

The MSTCVS Quality Collaborative is one of the many clinical quality initiatives supported through the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Value Partnerships program. Value Partnerships is a collection of clinically oriented initiatives among Michigan physicians, hospitals and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that are significantly impacting the quality of patient care across Michigan by addressing common, costly, and rapidly evolving areas of surgical and medical care. Through collaboration and data sharing, the initiatives are improving clinical quality, decreasing complications, decreasing costs and improving health outcomes. Value Partnerships addresses clinical quality in primary care, bariatric surgery, cardiology, breast oncology, general and vascular surgery, radiology and other pertinent health areas.

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, Community Blue and Healthy Blue Incentives PPOs; Blue Care Network HMO; BCN Healthy Blue Living; Flexible Blue plans compatible
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