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Friday, Aug. 27, 2021
Low cost/free cancer screenings for Michigan residents
Cancer is the 2nd highest cause of death after heart disease in Michigan (see chart). To aid in lowering mortality and to promote prevention, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) implemented cancer prevention programs to help female residents by addressing disparities.

Early detection programs, treatments and public health options are available through The Cancer Prevention and Control Section to encourage and help improve health equity. Programs include:

  • Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BC3NP) 
  • Cancer genomic/surveillance data
  • Colorectal cancer early detection
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine information
  • Lung cancer early detection
  • And more…
The Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Navigation Program (BC3NP) provides low-income women access to cancer screening services along with follow-up care (including treatment if needed). There are many types of screenings available with over 700 providers contracted in Michigan. For more information and locations, click here.     
For local BC3NP agencies, call (844) 446-8727 or email BC3NP@michigan.gov.
Resources available to help lower childhood obesity rates
Childhood obesity affects more than 14 million children and teenagers in the United States and puts kids at higher health risks, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The State of Childhood Obesity indicates that 17.3% of youth ages 10 -17 have obesity in Michigan, ranking the state 12th among the 50 states and D.C.

Obesity in children can harm the body in a variety of ways, posing health risks that can include:

  • higher risk for type 2 diabetes
  • high cholesterol and high blood pressure (risk factors for cardiovascular disease)
  • breathing issues (asthma/sleep apnea)
  • and more…

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) recognizes how important the role of a physician is in motivating pediatric patients to embrace healthy habits. BCBSM partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics along with the American Diabetes Association to establish physician guidelines in treating young patients.

BCBSM also created the “Good Health Club toolkit to promote healthy lifestyles and aid in prevention with the obesity epidemic in young patients. A variety of toolkit materials are available including:

Click here to view all available childhood obesity toolkits on. Download copies and share with parents and patients.

The Physician Alliance (TPA) created healthy lifestyle forms for adolescent (17 years and under) patients to help encourage physical activity and healthy eating, along with pediatric HEDIS measures tip sheet for use in practices. All TPA patient education materials can be found under the Learning Institute tab.
Blue Cross announces high quality year for Blueprint plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) recently released results for 2020 performance in their Blueprint for Affordability (Blueprint) program. Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, all risk-bearing entities participating in Blueprint met 2020 quality targets! 
The Physician Alliance (TPA) participates in Blueprint through Partners in Care, the managed care organization co-owned with Ascension Southeast Michigan. Some 2020 Blueprint overall performance highlights include:
For Medicare Advantage: 
  • All risk-bearing entities averaged 4.5-star rating for quality.
  • All risk-bearing entities had a 5.0-star rating for both breast cancer screening, with an average screening rate of 87%, and colorectal cancer screening, with an average screening rate of 88%. 
For commercial PPO: 
  • All risk-bearing entities met quality threshold with an average quality performance of 77% and a range of 73-82%. 
  • The risk-bearing network scored higher in quality than the plan average for breast cancer screening, cervical cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, childhood immunizations combo 10, controlling blood pressure, diabetic eye exam, and diabetic A1C control.  
In addition to the impressive scores, BCBSM recognized several innovative initiatives to improve quality and care, including “supporting process improvements around transitions of care to make sure that patients have appropriate follow up, leveraging telehealth as an opportunity for transition visits.”
Congratulations to the practices participating in Blueprint! Thank you for the continued commitment to providing high quality care to all patients.
State program targets women at risk for cardiovascular disease
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched WISEWOMAN to help women understand risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease.

The Michigan WISEWOMAN program focuses on helping participants:

  • identify risks for cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and other chronic diseases to understand how to make healthier lifestyle choices.
  • work with health coaches to make changes in lifestyle behavior to lower current risk factors.

The program also strives to address social determinants of health and health equities in under-served populations, allowing more women to enter the program and be successful.

The program is offered throughout the state. For information on the WISEWOMAN program, call (844) 446-8727 or visit the WISEWOMAN website. Practices can help promote women’s health by sharing available resources - click here for a patient flyer on the WISEWOMAN program.
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