Innovative Primary Care Solutions Driving Transformation of Health Care Delivery in Michigan

Health Care Leaders Showcase the Benefits of Primary Care

Detroit, Michigan, October 21, 2015 – Family Medicine for America’s Health, a partnership of the eight leading family medicine organizations in the United States, traveled to Michigan today to make its fifth national city tour stop showcasing primary care innovations taking place across the country. The event brought together Michigan health care leaders to share local success stories of primary care delivering on the Triple Aim of better health and better quality at a lower cost.

“Michigan’s innovative community of primary care and family physicians is driving improved health outcomes and changing the way we deliver care,” said Glen Stream, M.D., President and Board Chair, Family Medicine for America’s Health. “The primary care success stories we are seeing in this state are emblematic of the critical role primary care plays in transforming America’s health system to increase access to quality, affordable and compassionate care.”

Primary care is an integral part of a quality, accessible and affordable health care system.1 Michigan’s primary care and family physicians recognize their crucial position and are taking action to improve quality and efficiency of care while also working to strengthen the physician pipeline. A strategic public health partnership in southeast Michigan was awarded millions in federal grants to create residency programs that train future primary care physicians and increase access to quality care in underserved communities. Michigan is also home to the nation’s single largest Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) state program, which is reducing health care costs and has decreased adult emergency room visits by 10.1 percent compared to non-PCMH practices2

Today’s event featured case studies highlighting these efforts, including:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Physician Group Incentive Program: A “value partnership” promoting quality by encouraging collaboration among physician organizations using evidence-based practices, and incentives to physicians who identify and improve treatment for patients with chronic conditions.
  • Health Rx: A program bringing together health care agencies and community food providers to connect at-risk patients in Detroit with nutritious, locally grown fresh food to help reduce diet-related health problems including obesity, diabetes and hypertension.
  • Michigan Primary Care Transformation Project: The largest Patient-Centered Medical Home project in the nation, making care more affordable, strengthening the patient-care team relationship and transforming the way primary care is delivered in the state.

Participating panelists included:

  • Glen Stream, M.D., President and Board Chair, Family Medicine for America’s Health board of directors
  • Catherine M. Bodnar, M.D., M.P.H., Regional Health Director, Dow Chemical 
Company
  • Richard Bryce, D.O., Senior Staff Physician, Henry Ford Hospital – Department of Family Medicine
  • Jenifer Hughes, Senior Vice President, Administrative Network, Inc.
  • Jean M. Malouin, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor and Regional Medical 
Director, University of Michigan Medical School – Department of Family 
Medicine
  • Tsveti Markova, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., Professor and Chair, Wayne State University School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences
  • John Sealey, D.O., Director of Medical Education, Authority Health
  • Thomas L. Simmer, M.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, 
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Gregg J. Stefanek, D.O., Physician, Gratiot Family Practice, PC
  • Allan J. Wilke, M.D., Professor and Family Medicine Residency Program 
Director, Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Today’s Detroit event is part of Health is Primary, Family Medicine for America’s Health’s multi-year national campaign to demonstrate the value of primary care. The campaign is traveling to cities across the country to raise awareness about the need for a strong primary care-based health care system. The Health is Primary city tour began in Seattle in March, continued to Raleigh and Chicago, stopped in Denver earlier this month and will continue its move across the country with new stops next year.

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About Family Medicine for America’s Health

Family Medicine for America’s Health, the organization behind Health is Primary, is a new collaboration between the nation’s eight leading family medicine organizations to drive continued improvement of the U.S. health care system and demonstrate the value of true primary care. We represent:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians;
  • American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation;
  • American Board of Family Medicine;
  • American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians;
  • Association of Departments of Family Medicine;
  • Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors
  • North American Primary Care Research Group; and
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.

Contacts:
Ann Saybolt, annsaybolt@fmahealth.org / 703.969.2859
Kirsten Thistle, kirstenthistle@fmahealth.org / 301.802.4567.

[1] “Where are the Primary Care Doctors?” Citizens Research Council of Michigan. Report 390, June 2015. http://crcmich.org/primary_care_physician_shortage-2015/.

[2] “Perspectives in Primary Care: Michigan Paving the Way for Medical Homes.” Michigan Primary Care Consortium. May 2015. http://www.mipcc.org/sites/mipcc.org/files/u199/Perspectives%20in%20Primary%20Care.pdf.