DETROIT — Blue CrossÂ Blue Shield of Michigan plansÂ soon to designate about 1,000 doctors in primary-care practices as part of its medical homes program,Â according to the Detroit Free Press.
Blue Cross Blue Shield proposes toÂ improve care for nearly one in five Michiganders byÂ paying higher reimbursements to doctors whoÂ participate in model patient care programs, the Free Press said.Â Doctors’ practices that adopt the medical home model would see 10 percent more in reimbursements from the insurer.
The â€œpatient-centered medical homeâ€Â model has emerged in the last several years to answer the needs forÂ the falling quality the rising cost of health care.
A team of medical professionals coordinated by one doctorÂ provide each patientÂ preventiveÂ and disease management care. This proactive care is designedÂ to head off expensive trips to the emergency room and to manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure so patients donâ€™t get sick.
Cleveland’s MetroHealth System rolled out its medical homesÂ program– called MetroHealth Partners in Care — in March.
The Michigan Blues already have spent $100 million over five years to develop its program, BNET said. What would the insurer get back? According to a 2004 study by the Annals of Family Medicine, the medical homes model could cut health care costs by 5.6 percent.
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