Primary Care Collaborative Presents Primary Care Community Leadership/Research Award

The Primary Care Collaborative (PCC) announced today the recipient of one of its three annual awards for 2020. The awards recognize individuals and a practice in the primary care community that exemplify excellence in providing high-value primary care and shaping the policies that support such care. The awards are being presented during the PCC’s annual conference, which is being held online this year on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

“The PCC is very fortunate to be associated with these primary care champions,” said Ann Greiner, PCC’s President and CEO. “We congratulate this year’s honorees and thank them for their contributions to better patient outcomes, reduced health inequities and greater value. Particularly with the challenges of a once-in-lifetime pandemic, these individuals and their organizations have shown incredible leadership, commitment and success in strengthening primary care.”

Primary Care Community Leadership/Research Award: Tom Leyden, MBA, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

This award is presented to an outstanding individual who has demonstrated remarkable leadership and/or research to ensure that primary care is foundational to community or state healthcare-reform efforts.

The recipient, Tom Leyden, MBA, is Director II of the Value Partnerships Program of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), based in Detroit. In that role, he oversees a portfolio of over 50 statewide quality-improvement programs that is tied to over a half billion dollars in annual value-based reimbursement opportunities for Michigan’s physician and hospital community.

Through the Value Partnerships Program, BCBSM works collaboratively with over 20,000 Michigan primary care physicians and specialists as well as acute-care hospitals. Value Partnerships was designed to engage the Michigan provider community to create an innovative, quality-based approach to reward the transformation of health care via a value-based reimbursement model.

Value Partnerships includes the Physician Group Incentive Program (PGIP), a statewide physician pay-for-performance program aimed at capability building, improving quality of care delivery, and appropriate utilization of services. The foundation of the PGIP program is BCBSM’s nationally recognized Patient-Centered Medical Home Designation Program, which is the largest of its kind in the country. The PCMH Designation Program has experienced steady growth, measurable results, and has transformed care delivery across Michigan. Value Partnerships programs are internationally recognized, having been profiled in over 30 countries on five continents and have received multiple awards.

Leyden has over 25 years of healthcare experience in a variety of areas including clinical program development and practice transformation, value-based reimbursement, performance-improvement consulting, market research, strategic planning, and marketing.

Prior to joining Blue Cross in 2007, Tom served as Vice President at MPRO, Michigan’s federally designated quality improvement organization. In this role he oversaw performance on MPRO’s statewide Medicare contract. He previously worked as a consultant for Ernst & Young's Health Care Consulting Division and on many national performance-improvement projects assisting health systems, hospitals, and health plans.

“BCBSM’s leadership – including Tom Leyden – have been instrumental in evolving and strengthening the PCMH model and in achieving significant results in Michigan,” said Ann Greiner, PCC’s President and CEO. “One of its most important features is the strong BCBSM commitment to engaging the clinical community in defining and executing the program. This kind of partnership has made all the difference.” 

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