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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Local Hospitals Seek to Improve Quality of Hip and Knee Replacement

The newly-formed Michigan Arthroplasty Registry Collaborative Quality Initiative will work with Blue Cross Blue Shield and local hospitals to develop best practices for hip and knee replacement procedures. The initiative builds upon collaboration between the Blues and hospitals that has improved quality and reduced unnecessary costs for other surgical and medical procedures in the state, for a reported savings of $232 million statewide over a 3-year period. The majority of hospitals and close to 15,500 physicians in Michigan participate.

The registry will focus first on improving immediate post-op outcomes, then consider other factors such as implant choice.

The collaborations are part of Value Partnerships, a series of initiatives among physicians, hospitals and the Michigan Blues, designed to improve quality and safety in medical care.

REFERENCES

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and 12 hospitals across the state work to improve quality of hip and knee replacement surgery. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, May 23, 2012.

Video: Michigan Collaborative to Examine How to Improve Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery. Value Partnerships, www.valuepartnerships.com.

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