MUSIC in the News

Below are links to articles, blog posts, publications, etc. showcasing the work of MUSIC

In May 2015, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) won the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Best of Blue award for clinical distinction for the MUSIC program.  The following is a BCBSM blog post highlighting their receipt of the award for MUSIC and specifically recognizing the program’s involvement of several patients advisors: http://www.mibluesperspectives.com/2015/05/26/prostate-cancer-collaborative-wins-award/

The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), a non-profit organization focused on transforming health care systems by measuring and reporting patient outcomes in a standardized way, published a case study on May 29, 2015 on the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) Collaborative Quality Initiatives (CQIs) including MUSIC.  A copy of the case study can be found here: Aligning Payers and Providers around Value – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Collaborative Quality Initiatives

Recently ProPublica, an investigative journalism firm, released the public reporting of surgical outcomes with radical prostatectomy as one of the procedures included in the report. The information includes individual complication data for surgeons in Michigan that performed at least 20 radical prostatectomies for Medicare beneficiaries over the last 5 years. As MUSIC believes that our registry provides urologists with more meaningful data on patient-reported outcomes and peri-operative morbidity, we submitted a response from the collaborative on the topic of public reporting and the ProPublica surgeon scorecards. This OpEd was accepted by US News and World Report and published via the following link: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/second-opinion/2015/07/30/public-reporting-is-a-judgment-call