MBSC aims to advance the science and practice of bariatric surgery-in Michigan and across the United States. The program is a unique partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, researchers at the University of Michigan, and clinicians from the 38 bariatric surgery programs across the state. 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.
News & Publications
New England Journal of Medicine
Surgical Skill and Complication Rates after Bariatric Surgery (October 2013) Learn more
The New York Times
A Vital Measure: Your Surgeon’s Skill (October 2013) Learn more
Value Partnerships Update
MBSC published in New England Journal of Medicine (November 2013) Learn more
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.
Jonathon F. Finks, M.D., associate professor or 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. Amir A. Ghaferi, M.D., M.S., assistant professor of surgery, UMHS, serves as the other project’s co-director of the MBSC. Amanda Stricklen, R.N., serves as the senior project manager, Rachel Ross, R.N., M.S., serves as the senior project manager, and Paulette Hoerauf, R.N., B.S.E., M.B.A., serves as the clinical nurse coordinator. See program leads
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