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Regional variation in rates of cardiac procedures on the rise in Michigan

Regional differences in rates of cardiac procedures have increased in Michigan over the past decade—not fully explained by differences in health risk factors, heart attack or cardiac mortality rates—according to a report released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT). The report compares the state’s hospital referral regions (HRRs) using claims data from Blue Cross Blue Shield …

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New fellowship pairs University of Michigan researchers with state policy makers to better connect research and policy

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) announced today the inaugural class of the CHRT Policy Fellowship at the University of Michigan, a new fellowship program focused on building connections between health services research and policy for more effective, evidence-based health policy decisions. The fellowship, thought to be the first of its kind in the nation, will bring together …

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Survey shows 81 percent of Michigan primary care physicians have capacity, willing to serve more patients, including those with Medicaid

Survey results released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), in partnership with the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit (CHEAR) at the University of Michigan, show that Michigan primary care physicians will continue accepting new patients—including Medicaid recipients—as the state’s insured population grows under health care reform. Results of the statewide survey reveal that a majority …

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Planning tool helps midsize, large employers prep for health coverage decisions

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) today released a policy brief that explains the most significant effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on midsize and large employers in Michigan and the United States. Many surveys have predicted the likely actions of employers when the ACA goes into full effect in 2014—but the accuracy of those predictions depends …

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Wacky BackQuack™ game is helping consumers and physicians determine the best course of treatment for acute back pain

A new back pain game created by a University of Michigan doctor aims to teach doctors and patients how to improve management of back pain by demonstrating what not to do. BackQuack™, a humorous but real attempt to educate, is the subject of serious research into consumerism and physician management of back pain. This online video game was developed by …

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Survey shows health coverage is important — but not sufficient to guarantee access to care

The second annual Cover Michigan Survey, released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), shows that people who lack health coverage are more likely to seek medical treatment in costlier care settings and less likely to have regular, preventive care. The survey of 1,000 Michigan adults also reveals that simply having health coverage does not guarantee access …

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Michigan’s collaborative quality improvement programs cut health care costs and improve quality of care; Serve as successful national model for improvement

In a paper published today in the professional health care journal, Health Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan report that their model for collaborative health care quality improvement has measurably improved safety and quality in several clinical areas, and has saved millions in health care costs. Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQI), the term given to …

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Report shows high rates of inappropriate antibiotic use continue, despite educational efforts to improve prescribing patterns

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) today released an issue brief showing continued high rates of inappropriate antibiotic use, despite a 15-year national outreach campaign by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to educate providers and consumers on the dangers of antibiotic overuse. According to the CDC, antibiotic-resistant infections in the U.S. create $20 billion in excess healthcare …

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CHRT report shows pre-term births are leading cause of health problems in infants and significant contributor to health care spending

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) based at the University of Michigan today released its Prematurity Issue Brief that shows pre-term births—births at less than 37 weeks of gestation—are the leading cause of health problems in infants and estimated to cost the U.S. more than $26 billion annually. In addition, the report shows that a black infant in …

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CHRT Report Shows Patterns of Health Practice Vary Across Michigan

A report released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) on the use of health care services in Michigan shows a high degree of variation in the use of certain tests and procedures—including back surgery, Cesarean section, hysterectomy, and angioplasty—among different regions throughout the state. The “Thumb”/Saginaw area had among the highest use rates for all procedures …

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