“We are pleased to welcome Mid Dakota Clinic to MediQHome,” said Paul von Ebers, our president and CEO. “The concept of a patient-centered medical home has taken root in North Dakota and is transforming how health care professionals deliver care. In its short implementation, we’ve seen reduced ER visits and hospital admissions in patients with chronic conditions. We are happy with the results thus far and can’t wait to see continued improvements.”
MediQHome is a collaborative effort between patients, the state’s medical providers and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota to improve the quality of care patients receive and rein in rising health care costs. MediQHome allows doctors to serve as a medical home for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure — using a technology platform to help their doctor coordinate tests, appointments with specialists and procedures, ensuring they receive needed screenings and the right care at the right time.
We launched MediQHome in 2009. With the addition of Mid Dakota Clinic, between 75% and 80% of North Dakota medical providers are participating in the program. MediQHome is part of our efforts to create a more affordable health care system in North Dakota and the program is helping us move toward reimbursing doctors and hospitals more based on quality of care delivered and less on quantity of services provided.
Ryan Schuster is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.