BINGHAM FARMS, Mich., July 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Physicians announced today that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) has designated 129 United Physicians primary care practices representing 355 primary care physicians as Patient-Centered Medical Homes. This growth equates to a 48% increase in the number of designated practice units and a 68% increase in the number of designated PCPs from last year.
"We are proud of our network's dedication to enhancing the overall health of our patient population and devotion to delivering high quality, coordinated patient care through proactive patient engagement and peer-to-peer care collaboration," says Michael Williams, M.D., President and CEO of United Physicians, Inc. "Earning and maintaining a PCMH designation is a major accomplishment that demonstrates our commitment to reducing healthcare costs and preparing our practices for value-based care and the future of healthcare."
To become a PCMH designated practice, primary care physicians lead a professional healthcare team that utilizes health information technology and administrative processes to deliver more coordinated, efficient, and effective medicine to their patient population. Primary care physicians are responsible for encouraging their patients to take a more active role in maintaining and improving their own health, monitoring their patients' overall health and wellness, developing individualized health goals and coordinating their patients' prescriptions, tests and therapies to ensure their health care needs are being met.
About United Physicians
United Physicians, Inc. is Michigan's largest Physician Organization. Founded in 2000, United Physicians represents more than 2,300 physicians with medical staff privileges at hospitals throughout Southeast Michigan. UP's mission is to deliver a healthcare system of excellence to its community through a coordinated, efficient and integrated network of physicians. Visit United Physicians on the web at www.updoctors.com.
SOURCE United Physicians, Inc.