Detroit - Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, will extend an e-prescribing partnership with the nation's three largest U.S. automakers, General Motors, Ford Motor Company and DaimlerChrysler Corp., the companies announced today. The Southeast Michigan e-Prescribing Initiative (SEMI), which is designed to reduce medication errors and decrease prescription drug costs through the use of e-prescribing technology, will be in effect for an additional year.
In February of 2005 Detroit-based Blue Cross, which provides or administers health care benefits to more than 4.7 million members through a variety of plans, joined with the automakers and Detroit-based Henry Ford Medical Group, Health Alliance Plan (HAP), and pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions, Inc. to launch the SEMI pilot program. Since then, more than 1,400 physicians have joined SEMI and preliminary results show significant improvements in their generic drug prescribing rates, formulary compliance, as well as reductions in adverse drug events due to prescribing errors.
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