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Updated: Oct. 28, 2008
Oncologists And BCBSM Team In National Effort To Improve Cancer Care

More than 180 oncologists in 11 physician groups across the state are partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to gather data to improve care for cancer patients in Michigan.

The oncologists are submitting information to a national database established by the American Society of Clinical Oncology to help physicians identify what works best in cancer care.

BCBSM is providing funding to defray data collection costs and to encourage physician participation.

Michigan physician organizations with specialists participating in ASCO’s Quality Oncology Practice Initiative will be eligible for additional payments from BCBSM for submitting cancer care treatment data to the national registry and using that data to compare their practices with those nationally, as well as for implementing improvements that lead to improved quality, coordination and efficiency in treatingcancer patients.

The number of Michigan physicians participating in the oncology database is the largest of any state. The Michigan oncologists treat an estimated 16,000 cancer patients annually.

The Quality Oncology Practice Initiative is one of a series of quality improvement initiatives underway between BCBSM, hospitals and/or physician groups. Other BCBSM quality improvement initiatives with hospitals or physician groups have been launched in the areas of angioplasty, bariatric surgery, cardiac imaging, general/vascular surgery, cardiac surgery and breast cancer treatment under a statewide, multi-year program called Value Partnerships.

The information being collected include data on chemotherapy-related side effects, pain assessment and control, and specific measures related to the management of colon and rectal cancer, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and lung cancer (non-small cell).

The following 11 physician organizations are participating in the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative with BCBSM:

Southeastern Michigan

  • Ann Arbor: Health System, Faculty Group Practice;
  • Bingham Farms: United Physicians;
  • Dearborn: United Oakwood Providers;
  • Detroit: Henry Ford Medical Group;
  • Royal Oak: Oncology Physician Resource, Quality Partners of Michigan;
  • Warren: St. John HealthPartners; and
  • Waterford: Oakland Physician Network Services.


  • East Lansing: Health Team, Sparrow Family Medical Services.

West Michigan

  • Battle Creek: Integrated Health Partners.

Address: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, 600 E. LaFayette Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226; (313) 2235-9000,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Physician Organizations

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