Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan in a new study estimates it saved $155 million in prevented claims costs during the first three years of its patient-centered medical home program, from July 2008 through June 2011.

That study factored in savings from a multitude of physician practices in various stages of medical home development. Published in the July issue of Health Services Research Journal, the Michigan Blues plan estimated it saved another $155 million during the fourth year of the medical home program as cost savings from highly developed medical home practices are substantially greater.

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