U.P. Hospitals Teaming Up with BCBS to Improve Quality, Lower Costs

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Great Lakes Radio News UpdateMARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)Eight Upper Peninsula hospitals and Blue Cross Blue Shield have agreed on a deal that’s designed to improve the quality of health care in the region, and to lower some of the overall cost.

The three-year deal will see Blue Cross and its national partner “Premier Health Care Alliance” provide up-front cash to help the hospitals to better integrate their systems across the U.P.

The other goal is to convince more people to have their medical treatment in the Upper Peninsula, rather than going to Wisconsin or other states for their procedures. It’s estimated that U.P. hospitals lose between $80 to $100 million per year when people get treated in other states.

The U.P. hospitals involved in the partnership are in Marquette, Baraga, Ishpeming, Iron Mountain, Manistique, Newberry, Hancock, and Munising.

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