EAST LANSING, Michigan, October 8, 2018—Primary care practices in Medical Advantage’s physician organization, the Consortium of Independent Physician Associations (CIPA), recently received 152 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) designations. BCBSM’s PCMH program is a nationally known program that recognizes primary care providers who have implemented patient-centered capabilities in their practices and demonstrated improved quality outcomes while decreasing the cost of care. The program consists of a comprehensive approach that creates care teams that work with patients to keep them healthy while monitoring their care on an ongoing basis.
CIPA consists of over 850 physicians throughout Michigan. CIPA members include individual practices, group practices, rural health clinics, federally qualified health centers, and physician-hospital organizations. Medical Advantage’s practice transformation team works onsite with practice staff to implement various capabilities to qualify for PCMH designation.
In addition to CIPA, Medical Advantage also manages Professional Medical Corporation (PMC), a physician organization based in Flint, Michigan. Medical Advantage helped 64 PMC practices achieve the BCBSM PCMH designation.
Overall, Medical Advantage has helped 216 practices achieve PCMH designation this year—over 1,000 PCMH practices since 2009. Linda Mackensen, Medical Advantage’s Healthcare Transformation Director, leads the team that works directly with physician practice groups to improve quality of care. “As we help practices implement more proactive, patient-centered capabilities, patients, providers, and payers all benefit,” Mackensen said. “These improvements increase quality of care, decrease unnecessary costs, and help practices stay financially viable.”
Medical Advantage, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Doctors Company, is an innovator in maximizing health plan and physician clinical and financial performance in value-based contracting. With 20 years of experience managing cost and quality for physician practices, our hands-on approach drives change and positive returns on investment. Through collaboration and guidance, we provide practices, health plans, and delivery systems of all sizes with customized, actionable solutions to decrease the cost of care and improve quality. Learn more at medicaladvantagegroup.com or 800.594.6115.
Bill Riley, Marketing Manager