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News Release Date : 07/22/2011

Local physicians earn Patient-Centered Medical Home designation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Saginaw, Mich. (June 27, 2011) Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) has designated 16 St. Mary's of Michigan primary care physicians as Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) practices for 2011-2012.
This means they are among a select group of primary care physicians in Michigan who are improving health care quality by adopting the PCMH model of care. Arup Sarkar, M.D., Satya Patel, M.D., Thomas Burkey, M.D., Mohammed Khan, M.D. and Rama Mulpuri, M.D. have all received PCMH distinction for the first time, while Raghuram Sarvepalli, M.D., Bhramaramba Sarvepalli, M.D., Brent Boggess, M.D., Pradip K. Bhattacharyya, M.D., Ann Connaghan, M.D., Patrick Botz, D.O., Janet Bach, D.O., Carmen Szilagyi, M.D., Kala Ramasamy, M.D., Lekha Richardson, M.D. and Ibtihaj Rajoulh, M.D. have all received designation for a second consecutive year.
"The patient-centered medical home is health care centered on the patient," said Dr. Raghuram Sarvepalli, Vice President of Medical Affairs at St. Mary's of Michigan. "We take a holistic and comprehensive approach to patient care, helping them meet their health goals and keeping track of all their specialist visits, test results and prescriptions."
The Blues have designated nearly 2,500 physicians representing roughly 770 primary care practices as PCMH practices. The program is the largest of its kind in the country and has the potential to affect millions of Michigan residents.
"With the PCMH model, primary care physicians, such as pediatricians, internists and family practice doctors, lead care teams who bring intensive focus to their patients' individual health goals and needs," explains Dr. Sarvepalli. "The teams work with patients to keep them healthy and monitor their care on an ongoing basis."
 "We coordinate our patients' health care using registries to track our patients' health conditions and ensure that they receive the care they need. We offer our patients increased access to the care team, coordinate complementary care and help our patients learn to better manage conditions like asthma and diabetes," said Dr. Sarvepalli.
A recent analysis of BCBSM claims data suggests PCMH-designated doctors are succeeding in more effectively managing patients' care to keep them healthy, prevent complications and help reduce emergency room visits. St. Mary's of Michigan PCMH practices are located in Bay City, Birch Run, Frankenmuth and Vassar.
For more information about these physicians' practices visit or call 989-907-8274. For Blue Cross information, please visit .

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