Detroit’s Biggest Loser contest winner to be announced

Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II winner will be announced at 9 a.m. on WDIV during America’s Thanksgiving Parade live broadcast

Start your Thanksgiving Day by tuning in to WDIV-TV at 9 a.m. to see the official announcement of the Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II winner. Who will it be: Sandy Ray, Greg Czar, Tia Finney, Steve Anderson, Calvin Poellnitz or Mary Beth Klawender? Tune in to find out!

The announcement will be made by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan President and CEO, Daniel J. Loepp, before the contestants hop on the new Blue Cross “Get Fit” float. The float features physical activities you can do in Michigan such as skiing, biking and kayaking. At over 100 ft. long, the “Get Fit” float is one of the largest in the entire parade.

Michigan Health Insurance Payers Collaborate in National Program to Improve Health Care

It’s really happening.  Every private, Michigan-based health insurer in Michigan, plus an additional 11 Medicaid managed care health plans, is collaborating in a project to improve patient health, control cost of care, and enhance the patient health care experience.
Michigan is one of eight states approved to participate in a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) demonstration project that will evaluate how to pay health professionals who improve patient care through a patient-centered medical home. Of the approximately 1,200 physicians practices expected to participate in this project nationally, approximately 480 will be in Michigan.

Michigan’s project is groundbreaking, because all health insurers have agreed to use one medical home model – the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Physician Group Incentive Program patient-centered medical home model – as the standard, rather than each health plan designing its own model.

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A day in the life of a Blues ID card

Part One: Doctor visit
You may think that your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network ID card just sits in your purse or wallet waiting for the next time you go to the doctor or pharmacy. But did you know that those little Blues cards are actually pretty busy as they play an important role in leading Michigan to a healthier future?

Every Blues ID card is essential in helping people maintain their total body health and comes with the convenience of having a single card for medical, dental and vision services, depending on your plan. It also saves you money and helps you achieve your personal wellness goals.

BCBSM editorial in Crain’s Detroit Business

The following is an editorial from Andrew Hetzel, vice president of corporate communications at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan that first-appeared in Crain’s Detroit Business on Oct. 31, 2010:

Allow the Blues to work out the best contract

On Oct. 18, the U.S. government sued Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan for delivering the lowest possible health care prices to our customers through the reimbursement contracts we negotiate with Michigan hospitals.

Especially now, as the government puts intense political pressure on private insurers to control premiums, it makes no sense for it to undermine the ability of insurers to negotiate the most favorable pricing we can possibly achieve.

Health care costs are straining the resources of every business and family in Michigan. BCBSM covers about 4 million Michiganders and is obligated by a 30-year-old state law to provide statewide access to health care at a reasonable cost.

None of our competitors share the Blues’ statutory mission. To fulfill it, BCBSM prioritizes having contracts in place with all Michigan acute care hospitals, while ensuring that these contracts deliver exceptional value to our customers in the form of the deepest possible volume discount savings.

BCBSM’s negotiated volume discounts across all hospitals, physicians and pharmacies in our network saved our customers nearly $13 billion in 2009 alone. Our payout that year approached $20 billion. The impact of that level of annual savings on the affordability of health care in Michigan cannot be overstated.

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