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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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Chronic Conditions Equal High Expenditures in Michigan

Chronic conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, and coronary artery disease, are attacking our wallets in Michigan. According to a new issue brief from the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation (CHRT), average annual spending for someone with a chronic condition can cost from $3,785 to $38,270 more than someone with no chronic condition. Chronic conditions are also disproportionally costly. Data …

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Cover Michigan 2010 Finds Health Safety Net Still Critical Despite Health Reform

Cover Michigan 2010, a comprehensive view of health coverage in the U.S. and Michigan released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), shows upward negative trends from the 2009 report: more people lacking health insurance, more employers dropping coverage, higher costs for those with health insurance, and a growing strain on the health care safety net including …

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CHRT Policy Brief Demystifies National Health Care Act; Shows Choices, Opportunities at State, Local Levels

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) today released a national policy brief on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Act”) that summarizes state requirements, as well as opportunities at the state and local levels to shape health care delivery. “This Policy Brief is a tool to help policy-makers, providers of care, foundations, and individuals understand the scope …

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Survey Reveals Health Insurance and Access to Care Not So Closely Linked

A survey released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) challenges the long-held assumption that having health insurance is synonymous with having access to health care. The survey of 1,022 Michigan adults showed that while 40 percent of those who lacked insurance delayed seeking needed care, so did 17 percent of those with health insurance — mostly …

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The Cost Burden of Disease: What Health Care Spending Can Teach Us About Improving Care

Examining the reasons people end up in the hospital could point to opportunities for improving patient care and making the health care system more effective and efficient, according to an issue brief released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT). Nationally in 2007, four of the top ten diagnoses related to cardiovascular disease; in Michigan, three of the …

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Michigan’s health care spending lower than U.S. average – Medicaid reimbursements among the lowest in the nation

According to an issue brief on health care costs released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), Michigan’s health care spending has been growing at a slower pace than the national average for more than a decade. The issue brief also says Michigan spends less per capita on personal health care than the national average ($ 5,058 …

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Help for Michigan’s Health Care Safety Net

For many who struggle with health care costs or lack of insurance, free clinics and other health care “safety net” organizations provide services that are truly life-saving. In partnership with the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, a team of University of Michigan (U-M) researchers is looking for ways to help Michigan’s safety net providers meet the challenges of caring …

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Measuring Transformation: Patient Centered Medical Home in Michigan

The preliminary results of a new study of patient centered medical home (PCMH) demonstrate the challenges researchers face when attempting to measure physicians’ progress toward adoption of this primary care practice model. University of Michigan researcher Christopher G. Wise, Ph.D., led the team that analyzed responses to a survey about the degree of implementation of PCMH, which showed significant variation …

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Collaborative Quality Initiatives: A strategy that works for improving health care quality & cost

Can better health care and cost savings go hand in hand? Michigan physicians and hospitals working together in collaborative quality initiatives (CQIs) sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Blue Care Network (BCBSM/BCN) are proving that collaboration is indeed a powerful model for saving both lives and dollars for patients throughout Michigan. For example: In one Michigan …

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