The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded a $6.4 million Health Care Innovation Award to the Michigan Surgical and Health Optimization Program (MSHOP).

The program helps patients better prepare for surgery by encouraging a "training" mindset, focusing on stress reduction, increased physical activity, healthy diet, and improving lung function.

MSHOP is a collaborative program between the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan, and the University of Michigan.

The program also leverages data management in three ways:

*The MSHOP website features detailed information on the program's "training elements"

*A smartphone risk assessment tool helps physicians and patients determine if surgeries are appropriate, especially for elderly or frail patients

*The program will use patient X-rays and analytic morphomics to determine surgical risk and predict how well patients will do with major surgery

Based on the current program, the University of Michigan Health System has seen savings of $2,518 per case, and has reduced time in the hospital after surgery by 30 percent.

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