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Michigan Blues, hospitals save $50 million through value-based contracts

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has been a leader in the value-based payment movement, with many contracts already in place with its physicians. Now, the insurer is expanding its focus on value to hospitals, having signed value-based reimbursement agreements with 18 health systems in the state. So far, five of the contracted health systems have shared $50 million in total savings with Blue Cross.

Michigan deploys mHealth apps to foster Medicaid client involvement

Michigan Medicaid clients are now able to remotely access medical and healthcare information thanks to a new app and portal developed by the Michigan Department of Community Health's Bureau of Medicaid Operations. 

3 Michigan systems complete merger; White House asks for $30M to fight Ebola;

News From Around the Web > Three healthcare organizations in southeast Michigan made their merger official Tuesday, creating a single, $3.8 billion nonprofit health system, according to Hometown...

Michigan healthcare officials oppose mandatory HAI data release

Although 31 states require hospitals to report rates of major hospital-acquired infections, healthcare officials oppose such a requirement in Michigan, MLive.com reports.

Medicaid expansion sends insurers' profits higher

The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion has been particularly beneficial for insurers, especially those operating in California or Michigan, where they're likely to see continued rising profits.

Michigan joins Medicare-Medicaid integration trend

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has partnered with Michigan to test efforts to improve care and contain costs for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees.

Michigan hospitals ' quality initiatives save $116M in costs, improve care

As a result of various patient safety and quality initiatives, Michigan's 117 hospitals cut expenses by $116 million between 2011 and 2012, according to a new report from the Michigan Health & Hospital Association Keystone Center.

Michigan's Medicaid expansion could be template for other states

Michigan's recent decision to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act could provide a template for other states with a majority of conservative lawmakers to similarly expand coverage,  Crain's Detroit Business  reported.

States' varied, rocky paths to Medicaid expansion

The Republican-controlled Michigan Senate voted 20-18 to expand Medicaid in accordance with health care reform Tuesday. Meanwhile, in New Hampshire, a new study indicates that Granite State hospitals may take a $200 million loss by expanding the program while Arizona, another state whose Republican governor supports the expansion, stands to net millions from it.

Michigan expands Medicaid with unique requirements

Michigan has voted to expand its Medicaid program under a proposal that includes several reforms to appeal to the state's conservative lawmakers, including co-pays and income-based premiums that could be reduced by, for example, losing weight or quitting smoking.