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Mon Dec 16, 2019, 11:22 AM

Blue Cross says shared-risk plan will rein in costs for Michigan patients

By Robin Erb

Thousands of Michigan patients who visit their doctors beginning Jan. 1 will do so with a new set of insurance calculations in the background guiding their care.

If all goes as promised, that will mean better health and lower premium costs to customers in the long run.

That’s according to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and leaders from seven of the state’s largest health providers. New health plans between the Blues and the providers will incentivize doctors to coordinate care for better outcomes, but will also penalize them for care that’s less than top-notch — a new component that one doctor called a “game changer.”

The new shared-risk payment model, called “Blueprint for Affordability,” was announced Wednesday at a media call organized by Blue Cross.

Read more: https://www.bridgemi.com/michigan-health-watch/blue-cross-says-shared-risk-plan-will-rein-costs-michigan-patients
(Bridge Magazine)

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