The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) is committed to lowering employers’ health care costs and improving employee health. Employers can contribute to these goals by participating in the GDAHC teams described below. If you are interested in participating in these teams or implementing the lessons learned from the projects, please contact Lisa Mason, Vice President of Cost Quality, at (313)596-0811.
Emergency Department Utilization Team
GDAHC’s multi-stakeholder EDU Team develops strategies to reduce emergency department use for primary care physician (PCP) treatable conditions. Strategies related to improving access to primary care physicians were used in a successful pilot program with Oakland Southfield Physicians and Blue Care Network. To access the Toolkit items used in the EDU Pilot, please click on the following links:
Access to Care Policy
After-Hours Telephone Script
Post-ED Visit Letter
For helpful tips on how to use the Toolkit, please click on the following Implementation Guide. To learn more about the GDAHC EDU Pilot, please see the EDU Pilot Description and the PCP Access Pilot Background (click here to access the detailed version). The EDU Team also developed tips on when to use the emergency room, which can be accessed by clicking here.
To view a list of the Emergency Department Utilization Team members, click here.
Southeast Michigan “See You in 7” Hospital Collaborative Planning Team
The “See You in 7” Planning Team provides oversight for the Southeast Michigan “See You in 7” Hospital Collaborative, the goal of which is to reduce hospital readmission for patients discharged with heart failure by improving early follow-up. Twelve hospitals in Southeast Michigan are participating in the year-long hospital collaborative. The project is managed by the Greater Detroit Area Health Council and the Michigan Chapter of the American College of Cardiology. For slides from each of the Collaborative sessions, please click on the links below:
To view a list of the Southeast Michigan "See You in 7" Hospital Collaborative Planning Team members, click here.
Diabetes Self-Management Education Team
The Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) Team provides oversight for the DSME Pilot, the goal of which is to increase the percentage people in southeast Michigan with diabetes who have learned and adopted adherence to treatment behavior changes. Nearly half of people with diabetes have received no education to understand the disease and to learn and adopt the necessary behavior changes in their daily life. To reverse these startling figures, GDAHC partnered with Medical Network One, who provided the training, to take diabetes self-management education into the workplace and union halls. Final results from the pilot will be available in early 2013. For a brief overview of the program, please click here.
To view a list of the Diabetes Self-Management Education Team members, click here.
Measurement and Reporting Team
The Measurement and Reporting Team oversees GDAHC’s public reporting on myCareCompare.org, including our Physician Organization Reports, which measure the performance of more than 4,000 physicians in southeast Michigan. The team is responsible for identifying, adding and / or modifying clinical conditions for performance measurement and public reporting. To view a list of Measurement and Reporting Team members, click here.
Patient Experience of Care Workgroup
The Michigan Patient Experience of Care Workgroup was formed in partnership with Alliance for Health from west Michigan to expand the number of practices measuring patient experience of care and to assist practices in implementing activities to improve patients’ care experiences. To view a list of the Patient Experience of Care Workgroup members, click here.
Cardiac Disease Prevention Exercise Program Planning Team
The goal of the Cardiac Disease Prevention Exercise Program Planning Team is to reduce the risks associated with coronary artery disease by developing an exercise program for adults with cardiac risk factors, but without known heart disease, which can be replicated widely throughout local communities. To view a list of Cardiac Disease Prevention Exercise Planning Team members, click here.