The PULSE of The Physician Alliance
Friday, March 1, 2019
Care management expanded to unlicensed practice personnel
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Provider Delivered Care Management (PDCM) program provides an opportunity to enhance care coordination, patient satisfaction, improve quality of care and prepare a practice to participate in risk contracts. In addition, there is an opportunity for the practice to earn a 5% PDCM value-based reimbursement (VBR) if targets are met and a potential ADDITIONAL 5% if specific criteria are met to achieve the Advanced Practice -VBR.

BCBSM recently announced new opportunities for unlicensed practice personnel (i.e. medical assistants) to provide and receive reimbursement for the delivery of provider delivered care management services! Specific training and documentation requirements must be met.

If you would like more information on this exciting opportunity, please contact Francine Burley at or (586) 498-3588.
Webinars highlight updates to care management program
The Physician Alliance is hosting a webinar highlighting updates to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's Provider Delivered Care Management program. Available dates include Wednesday, March 6 at 7:30am OR Monday, March 11 at 12:30pm (the same content will be shared).

Target audiences include p hysicians, office managers, practice directors, anyone with interest in learning about the the new opportunities and/or authority to implement the PDCM program in the practice.

To register for the webinar, contact Fran Burley at by March 5, 2019 . Please include practice name, your title and the preferred webinar date. Access information will be shared upon registration.
New Affiliate Partner helps plan for future
VantagePointe Financial Group is the newest business to join TPA's Affiliate Partners program, providing comprehensive financial planning services. There are no asset minimum requirements for clients.

Highlights of benefits available to TPA members include:

Reduced Fee Services - No fee for initial meeting, financial plan design, or subsequent review meetings to TPA members.

Examples of services and products - Financial needs analysis for individuals, families and business owners; retirement income strategies; educational funding; cash flow analysis; estate analysis; investments; college 529 savings plans; 401(k), 403(b) and IRAs; group benefits and more.

Please contact Kaled Khaznehkatbi at (248) 858-9957 or for assistance and more information. Click here for more information on VantagePointe Financial Group.

Kaled Khaznehkathbi offers securities and advisory services through Royal Alliance Associates, Inc. (RAA), member FINRA/SIPC. RAA is separately owned and other entities and/or marketing names, products or services referenced here are independent of RAA. His office is located at 7 West Square Lake Rd., Suite 139, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.
Study seeks to improve low HPV vaccine rates 
A survey being conducted by Karmanos Cancer Institute seeks to look at coordinated care efforts to better understand some barriers and facilitators within a system in order to work toward improving coordinated care around the HPV vaccine.

Rates of HPV vaccine series completion in Michigan are well below the goals set by Healthy People 2020. HPV vaccine uptake is especially poor in Genesee, Oakland, Macomb, Wayne and Monroe counties. Karmanos Cancer Institute, one of two NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in Michigan, is one of 12 NCI centers to receive funding from the National Cancer Institute to conduct an environmental survey of barriers and facilitators of HPV vaccination in southeast Michigan.

Who should take this survey:  Pediatric, family medicine and primary care physicians and other clinicians (PA, NP, RN, MA) who see patients ages 9-17; and practice directors/managers and nurse managers.

This survey is voluntary and will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. A $10 gift card will be sent to those who complete surveys by early May.

Providers  click here to start  the survey.
Administrators  -  click here to start  the survey. 

Please direct questions or concerns regarding this survey project to Sara Kim, research manager, at  or (313) 576-8875. 
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