Blue Cross incentives save $50M in health care costs

April 6, 2015

Blue Cross incentives save $50M in health care costs

The Detroit News

A Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan program that rewards hospitals for keeping patients healthier lowered health care costs by $50 million in 2013, according to the state’s largest health insurer.

Marianne Udow-Phillips, director of the Center for Health Care Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan, said: “What payers are trying to do is move away from a payment system that rewarded providers for doing more ... like surgeries, to rewarding them for providing care that is providing quality and safety, that is the goal.”

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