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SOURCE crainsdetroit.com

By Jay Greene

Fifteen health plans in Michigan were recognized this week by the state’s HMO association for lowering costs and improving efficiency by sharing information with each other on innovative programs.

The programs included addressing childhood obesity, wellness, minority health, high blood pressure and preventive care, said the Lansing-based Michigan Association of Health Plans.

“Since 2001, members have shared their best ideas with each other to help improve Michigan’s wellness, increase efficiency of medical care delivery and lower overall costs of health care in the state,” Rick Murdock, the group’s executive director, said in a statement about the honors, called the Pinnacle Awards.

Grand Rapids-based Priority Health won in four categories, including telemedicine for heart failure patients; Detroit-based Health Plan of Michigan won in two categories, including one for providing alerts to Medicaid patients on prevention.

Other winners: Flint-based McLaren Health Plan for pharmacy management, Flint-based HealthPlus of Michigan for hypertension, Southfield-based UnitedHealthcare Great Lakes Health Plan for breast cancer screening, CareSource Michigan for asthma prevention, Dearborn-based Midwest Health Plan for glaucoma screening, Detroit-based OmniCare Health Plan for childhood obesity and Battle Creek-basedVenture Behavior Health and ValueOptions for depression care management.

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