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.

“Our physicians are dedicated to enhancing the overall health of our patient population and devoted to delivering high quality, coordinated patient care through proactive patient engagement and peer-to-peer care collaboration,” said 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. PCPs 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.

 2014 PCMH Designated Practice Units
* Honor Roll— Honor Roll practices have been designated for the past two years.

Abdel-Wahab Meri MD PC
*Alternacare PC
*Andrew J Madak DO PC
Angela D Hamlin DO PC
*Arcturus Healthcare PLC - Associates of Family Medicine PC
*Arcturus Healthcare PLC - Lifetime Medical Associates PC
*Arcturus Healthcare PLC - Macomb Oakland Adult Medicine PC
*Arcturus Healthcare PLC-Troy Internal Medicine PC
*Beaumont Associated Family Care Physicians
*Beaumont Associates of Internal Medicine
Beaumont Beverly Hills Internal Medicine
Beaumont Clearwater Family Practice
*Beaumont Eastpointe Physicians
*Beaumont Family Medicine Center - Sterling Heights
*Beaumont Grosse Pointe Farms Family Physicians
Beaumont Grosse Pointe Park Internal Medicine Center
Beaumont Internal Medicine of Grosse Pointe Farms
Beaumont Internal Medicine Pediatrics of RO
Beaumont Lakeside Family Medicine
Beaumont Metro Family Medicine
Beaumont Neighborhood Family Medicine
Beaumont Parkside Medical Associates
Beaumont Physicians of Internal Medicine
*Beaumont Shorepointe Family Physicians
*Beaumont Shores Family Physicians
*Beaumont St Clair Shores Family Medicine Center
*Beaumont St Clair Shores Internists
*Beverly Hills Pediatrics PC
*Bradford Merrelli MD PC
*Center For Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine PLC
*Charles E Heth DO PC
Charles G Godoshian MD PC
*Child Health Associates PC
*Christopher Wilhelm MD
*Clarkston Lakes Family Medicine PLC
*Clawson Internists PC
*Colleen Kennedy DO PC
*Commerce Internal Medicine, PC
Curtis L Hunt MD PLC
*David W Calton MD PC
*Doctors for Kids PLC
*Doctors of Internal Medicine
*Eastman & Vempati MD PC
*Eastman & Wozniak MD PC
*Envision Medical Group PLLC
Fonseka Internal Medicine - Beaumont
Forum Medical Clinic PC
Franklin Medical Consultants PC
*Gary Hollander DO PLC
Ghazala Zafar MD PC
*Haller & Hug PC
Internists 2000 PC
*James Bauer MD PC
*Jay H Sandberg DO PC
*John R Medical Clinic PC
*Karle Medical Group PC
*Keith C McKenzie MD PLLC
*Kenneth J Kulik, MD
*Kidz 1st PLLC
Kristin A Keskey MD PC
*Lisa Beth Speck MD PC
*M-15 Family Medical Center PC
*Macomb County Pediatrics PC
*Mali & Mali Pediatrics PC
Mansour Mercy Medical Center
*Margaret Eckel DO
*Merrillwood Pediatrics PC
*MHP -  Gary Langnas DO and Evan Stashefsky MD
*MHP - Auburn Hills Medical Clinic
*MHP - James M Kohlenberg MD
*MHP - Ryan Medical Associates PC
*Michigan Adult & Child Medicine PC
Michigan Physicians Group PC
Molly O Shea MD PLLC
*My Second Home Pediatrics PLLC
*Nada D Bachuri MD PC
Nader S Meri MD PC
*Nahed A Zakaria MD PC
Nancy F Mansour-Habib, MD PC
Neil D Jaddou MD PC
Norman J Kakos MD PC
*North Woodward Internal Medicine Associates PC
*Northeast Pediatric Associates PC
Northwood Physicians PC
*Norton, Klein, Hug & Sabin MD PC
*Orchard Pediatrics PC
*Orion Family Physicians PC
*Paint Creek Pediatric and Adolescent Care PC
Pediatric & Adolescent Care Associates PC
*Pediatric Consultants of Troy PC
*Pediatric Healthcare PLLC
*Pediatric Specialists of Bloomfield Hills PC
Physicians Home Health PC
*Preferred Family Medicine PC
*Prem V Khilanani MD PC
*Primary Care Associates PC
*Ram Surendran MD Inc
*Reginald E O Neal DO
*Richard C Weiermiller Jr MD PLLC
*Riverbend Healthcare PC
*Robert R Roman MD PC
Rochester Family Physicians PC
*Roger D Ajluni MD PC
Rolando Estupigan, DO PC
Romeo Medical PLLC
*Royal Oak Pediatrics PC
*Sara Harris Family Care PC
Sase Persaud MD PC
*Schlabach Family Practice PC
SG Pediatrics of Lake Orion PC
SG Pediatrics PLLC
*Sheila Prasad Meftah MD PLLC
*Shelby Pediatric Associates and Child Lung Center PC
*Shelbydale Medical Clinic PC
*Shenandoah Clinic
*Silver Pine Medical Group PLC
Skywalk Internal Medicine PC
*South Lyon Family Docs PC
Southfield Internists PC
*Southfield Pediatric Physicians PC
*Southwest Pediatrics PLLC
*Stonebrooke Family Physicians PLLC
*Stony Creek Internal Medicine LLC
*Susan Little-Jones MD PC
Suzanne Romadan MD PC
*Tamer Massarani MD PC
*Thomas J W Bering MD PC
*Tri-County Medical Clinic PC
*Troy Family Practice, PLLC
*Troy Pediatrics PLC
Village Pediatrics PLLC
West Bloomfield Pediatrics PLLC
*William P Bowman MD PC
*Zawaideh Medical Center PC



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.


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:
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:
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


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. 

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.

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
POM ACO - 1,800 Michigan doctors launch effort to improve health care for Medicare patients
Thursday, 17 January 2013 07:00

POM ACO - 1,800 Michigan Doctors launch effort to improve health care for Medicare patients

Ann Arbor, MI, January 17, 2013 – More than 1,800 Michigan physicians will work together to tackle the challenge of providing better medical care and slowing the growth of health costs, in a new effort that will help them care for 81,000 of their Medicare-enrolled patients.

The new organization is a joint venture of the University of Michigan Health System and eight other Michigan physician organizations. Together, they have launched a new accountable care organization, or ACO, that includes members of nine large physician groups across the Lower Peninsula.

United Physicians and Beaumont Physician Organization to Merge
Friday, 05 October 2012 07:00
United Physicians and Beaumont Physician Organization to Merge

Bingham Farms, MI, October 5, 2012 – United Physicians, Inc. announced today that it has reached an agreement with Beaumont Physician Organization leadership to merge the two organizations. The merged entities will operate under the name of United Physicians, Inc.

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