by David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS
In March, I visited the University of Michigan (U-M) Health System, Ann Arbor, at the invita- tion of Hasan B. Alam, MB, BS, FACS, Norman
W. Thompson Professor and section head, general
surgery; and Michael Mulholland, MD, PhD, FACS,
chair, department of surgery. There I had the opportunity to learn about the impressive work carried out
at the U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy & Innovation (IHPI), the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Collaborative Quality Initiatives (BCBSM CQI) program, and the Michigan Value Collaborative (MVC).
These programs, which all work together, exemplify the type of synergistic efforts that will shape
health policy moving forward. As the nation seeks
to implement a patient-centered health care system
that emphasizes quality, safety, and cost controls, it
will become increasingly necessary for surgeons and
their institutions to participate in collaborative quality improvement activities.
About the IHPI
The director of the IHPI, John Z. Ayanian, MD,
MPP, provided an overview of the institute’s work.
Established in 2012, the not-for-profit IHPI builds on
the U-M’s accomplished history in health services
research in an effort to improve the quality, safety,
accessibility, and affordability of patient care. The
IHPI evaluates the effect of health care reforms,
improves the health of communities, promotes
value-based health care, and develops innovations in
health information technology and health care delivery. The IHPI strives to achieve its mission through
collaboration, research to support evidence-based
approaches to care, and public-private partnerships.
More than 460 researchers contribute to the IHPI’s
efforts to resolve health policy issues. The IHPI’s 87,000
square-foot headquarters was designed to support multidisciplinary interaction, housing formal and informal
spaces for collaboration.
Central to the effectiveness of any modern quality
improvement program is a common data registry. The
IHPI’s data hub processes records from a private sector
health services and innovation company, the Centers