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MBSC’s Mission

MBSC aims to innovate the science and practice of metabolic and bariatric surgery through comprehensive, lifelong, patient-centered obesity care-in Michigan and across the United States.

MBSC rests on the core pillars of collaborative quality improvement: collection of detailed clinical data on outcomes and practice; timely, rigorous performance feedback to clinicians; and continuous improvement based on empirical analysis and collaborative learning.

Thirty-Day Mortality After Bariatric Surgery

Since the program started in 2006, rates of venous thromboembolism-the leading killer after surgery-have fallen by half. As described in Health Affairs, Michigan mortality rates are now a fraction of the national average. According to BCBSM actuaries, quality improvement in bariatric surgery saved Michigan payers $15 million between 2008 and 2010.

Coordinating Center

The University of Michigan Health System serves as the Coordinating Center and is responsible for collecting and analyzing comprehensive clinical data from the participating hospitals. It uses these analyses to examine practice patterns, generate new knowledge linking processes of care to outcomes and identify best practices and opportunities for quality and efficiency improvement. The Center further supports participants in establishing quality improvement goals and assists them in implementing best practices.

Amir A. Ghaferi, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of surgery, UMHS, serves as the director of the MBSC. Jonathan F. Finks, M.D., associate professor of surgery, University of Michigan Health System, serves as a co-director of the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative, Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy University of Michigan. Amanda Stricklen, R.N., serves as the lead senior project manager, Rachel Ross, R.N., M.S., serves as the senior project manager and Haley Stevens serves as the quality improvement coordinator. See program leads

Value Partnerships

Support for the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative is provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network as part of the BCBSM Value Partnerships program .

Although Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative work collaboratively, the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed on this website do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of BCBSM or any of its employees