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Six United Physicians Member Practices Recognized for Providing Exceptional Patient Care
Thursday, 14 August 2014 12:18

Bingham Farms, MI—August 14, 2014—United Physicians members are setting a level of health care excellence in Michigan. Six member practices recently received Priority Health’s 2014 Quality Award. The awards, established by Priority Health in 2003, recognize physicians for providing exceptional patient care, and making health care more accessible and affordable in our communities.

The United Physician practices that were recognized were:

·       Associates of Family Medicine in Rochester Hills

·       Child Health Associates in Troy, Farmington and West Bloomfield

·       Lifetime Medical Associates in Rochester Hills

·       Orchard Pediatrics in West Bloomfield

·       Pediatric Healthcare in Sterling Heights

·       Troy Internal Medicine, a Division of Arcturus Healthcare, PLC, in Troy

“I live more than 20 miles from Orchard Pediatrics but make the drive because of the doctors and medical staff. They’re genuinely enthusiastic to see my children and how they’re growing,” said Lesley H, mom to two Orchard Pediatrics’ patients.  “When my son was one, he needed a specialist. I wasn’t comfortable with the course of treatment she suggested, so I turned to Orchard Pediatrics for input. Today, my son is healthy, happy and thriving. I wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

Priority Health selects award winners by analyzing the highest performing practices within its network of 18,000 physicians. The individual physicians and groups selected are the most effective at ensuring patients receive preventive care and manage their chronic conditions, and have high satisfaction with their care. Priority Health rewards these practices through its PCP Incentive Program and honors the top performers through the annual Quality Awards.

For a full listing of which practices received the Quality Award, visit:  http://www.priorityhealth.com/about-us/awards-programs/physician-quality/2014

  

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134 United Physicians Practices Designated as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Monday, 28 July 2014 06:53

Bingham Farms, MI—July 24, 2014—United Physicians announced today that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated 134 United Physicians primary care practices representing 360 primary care physicians (PCPs) as Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMH). The designation period runs from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.

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Botsford Hospital joins UP’s Facility Census to exchange ADT information
Monday, 06 January 2014 11:00

United Physicians and Botsford Hospital have finalized a process for exchanging Admission, Discharge and Transfer information through UP’s Facility Census.  This partnership will enhance patient care coordination and reduce readmissions by providing participating physicians with timely information on attributed patients that have been hospitalized at Botsford.

 

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Vote for 2014 Board of Directors
Monday, 21 October 2013 13:00

Vote Now for Member-Elected Board Members!

United Physicians Board of Directors Nominees.

The following are the nominees for the four open positions on the UP Board of Directors.  The terms of office will be for three years, commencing February 1, 2014 through January 31, 2017.

  • Edward Ruiz, M.D. (Incumbent) - Dr. Ruiz is a dermatologist with privileges at William Beaumont - Troy and Crittenton hospitals.  He has served on the United Physicians Board since 2011.  In   2011 he was appointed to the Corporate Services Committee and has served on Finance Committee and Executive Committee of the Board for the past two years.  Dr. Ruiz is dedicated to continuing his work to strengthen United Physicians in the changing healthcare landscape.

  • Charles Stroud, M.D. (Incumbent) - Dr. Stroud is an Orthopedic Surgeon with privileges at William Beaumont - Troy hospital.  He was appointed to the Board in 2013 to fill the unexpired term of a departing Board member.  He currently serves on the Performance Management & Credentialing Committee of the Board.

  • Seymour Baxter, M.D. (Incumbent) - Dr. Baxter is a psychiatrist with privileges at William Beaumont - Royal Oak hospital.  He has a long standing relationship with United Physicians and has worked in varying capacities in previous administrations.  Dr. Baxter currently sits as the Chairman of the Board and is a member of the Executive Committee and Performance Management & Credentialing Committee of the Board.

  • Karen Lockwood, M.D. - Dr. Lockwood is an internal medicine physician with privileges at William Beaumont - Royal Oak hospital.  She has previously served on the United Physicians Board and Corporate Services Committee.  Dr. Lockwood is interested in dedicating her time to helping United Physicians members succeed in the future as health care continues to evolve.

  • Peter Muller, M.D. - Dr. Muller is pediatrician with privileges at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Oakland, William Beaumont Hospital - Royal Oak, William Beaumont Hospital - Troy and Children's Hospital of Michigan.  Dr. Muller has previously served on the United Physicians Board and Performance Management & Credentialing Committee as well as the UP Executive Committee.  Dr. Muller is interested in continuing to serve the members of United Physicians by dedicating his time and experience to Board related matters.

All Ballots must be faxed to (248) 593-0136 or scanned and emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday, November 8, 2013.

these patient education materials available free of charge through a website launching on Consumer Health IT Day, September 16th - See more at: http://altarum.org/about/news-and-events/altarum-launches-patient-engagement-tools-during-national-health-it-week#sthash.o3qQ2Q78.dpuf
 
United Physicians and Altarum Institute Launch Patient Engagement Tool
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

ANN ARBOR, Mich.— There is a growing body of evidence to illustrate that patients who are more actively involved in their health care experience have better health outcomes and incur lower costs, according to a recent issue of Health Affairs.

Health information technology can improve the quality of the health care experience and strengthen the interaction between patients and health care providers.

Altarum has a number of specific initiatives focused on consumer engagement and activation. United Physicians partnered with Altarum on one particular project titled, “Reducing Inappropriate High-tech Imaging” that provides physicians with recommendations for their patients on using high-tech imaging such as MRIs and CT-Scans.

“We received a strong message from physicians about the challenges in responding to patient requests for high-tech imaging. And from that, we developed a clinical decision support tool and education materials that physicians can provide to support shared decision making with their patients,” said Bobbi Coluni, deputy director of Altarum’s Information and Technology Strategies group.

These patient education materials are available through a website that was launched on Consumer Health IT Day, Sept. 16, 2013.

About ImageSmart

ImageSmart is a clinical decision support (CDS) web application. CDS puts scientific evidence at your doctor’s fingertips to help him or her make more informed decisions. Scientific research is published at breakneck speed — more than one million new studies are published each year. Computer-based CDS tools can integrate the latest scientific research and combine it with your health information, such as medications, drug allergies, symptoms, and chronic conditions, to help you receive care that is safer, higher in quality, and lower in cost. CDS tools take many forms — including alerts, reminders, and guidelines — to help doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers see the right evidence for your care at the right time.

these patient education materials available free of charge through a website launching on Consumer Health IT Day, September 16th - See more at: http://altarum.org/about/news-and-events/altarum-launches-patient-engagement-tools-during-national-health-it-week#sthash.o3qQ2Q78.dpuf
 
National Primary Care Week 2013
Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00

National Primary Care Week - October 7-11, 2013

Step Up to Primary Care

National Primary Care Week is an annual event to highlight the importance of primary care and bring health care professionals together to discuss and learn about generalist and interdisciplinary health care, particularly its impact on and importance to underserved populations. This year's theme, “Step Up to Primary Care” focuses on the importance of interdiscliplinary education and professionalism in primary care, and the critical need for advocacy and health policy reform to address disparities in health care access and outcomes, pertaining to race, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic factors. NPCW’s goal is to engage physicians-in-training, students across the health care spectrum, and the general population on the indispensible role of primary care in our health care system.

How can you participate?

During NPCW, participate in webinars held Monday, October 7 through Friday, October 11, 2013. Topics, speakers, and schedule of webinars will be available at the link below.

NPCW Webinar Schedule - Download Webinar Schedule & Details

For more information, visit AMSA - National Primary Care Week 2013

 
129 United Physicians Practices Designated As BCBSM Patient Centered Medical Home
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 06:00

129 UNITED PHYSICIANS PRACTICES DESIGNATED AS BCBSM PATIENT-CENTERED MEDICAL HOMES (PCMH)

Bingham Farms, MI, July 24, 2013 – 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. 

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Six United Physicians practices receive Priority Health Quality Awards
Wednesday, 01 May 2013 10:42
Six United Physicians practices receive Priority Health Quality Awards
United Physicians is excited to announce that six of  our practices were selected as recipients of a Priority Health Quality Award.
Priority Health Quality Awards honor the top primary care practice groups within the Priority Health provider network. Winners are determined by the weighted composite score of 2012 PCP Incentive Program measures.
Honored practices will receive awards recognizing this achievement. Please join us in congratulating the following practices:
• Child Health Associates
• Colleen Kennedy DO PC
• Lifetime Medical
• Orchard Pediatrics
• Orion Family Practice
• Shenandoah Clinic
 
United Physicians and Beaumont Health System Launch Clinical Integration Organization
Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

Bingham Farms, MI, April 26, 2013 – United Physicians, Inc. (UP), and Beaumont Health System have created a clinical integration organization called Beaumont United Care Partners (BUCP). The new organization is designed to control health care costs and ensure patient care quality by enabling private physicians, United Physicians and Beaumont to work together in joint contracting and share incentive-based payments.

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CMMI Radiology Initiative Update
Wednesday, 06 February 2013 16:06

United Physicians is partnering with Altarum Institute to help curb unnecessary medical imaging as part of a federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) grant.

This three-year project will:

  • Embed clinical guidelines in the image ordering process.
  • Leverage health information exchange capabilities to increase awareness of past imaging results, and
  • Use patient education campaigns to offset patient-induced demand for unnecessary imaging.

For this project, a High Tech Imaging Steering Committee (HiTiSC) was created to:

  • Provide clinical oversight for the project, and
  • Provide physician input into the guideline development process
In essence, this project is about empowering physicians to provide better care by making it a little easier to decide when to order an imaging study. In the coming weeks UP will be contacting several practices, including PCPs and specialists, to work in the pilot program as we develop and implement a computerized decision support tool to guide physicians into ordering the appropriate studies
 
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