The Michigan Back Pain Collaborative (MIBAC) is a statewide collaborative quality initiative funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The focus is on reducing the rate of transition from acute low back pain to chronic, with a focus on first-contact clinicians including PCPs, Chiropractors, Urgent Care Physicians, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Physical Therapists, and more. We offer different types of training, and launched our Quality Improvement activities in October of 2022, building the first all-payor patient registry for this patient population in the state. MIBAC is supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
MIBAC is a Collaborative of first-contact clinicians working together using a multi-disciplinary approach to evidence-based care for back pain statewide.
It is our belief that by evaluating practice patterns, following emerging research, communicating more effectively with our patients by following a biopsychosocial approach, and sharing our knowledge throughout our great state, we can accomplish our goals.
The goals of MIBAC are to achieve more effective care patterns, better outcomes for patients, and increased satisfaction for clinicians and patients.
When you think of serious, disabling health conditions, you probably don't think about back pain. However, back pain is a common condition that up to 80% of people in the U.S. will experience in their lifetime. In fact, it is the leading cause of disability globally.
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On February 9th, the Coordinating Center team met with participating Chiropractors and PCP as well as BCBSM and PO leadership. We gathered in Ann Arbor at Zingerman's Greyline for a great dinner, an informative and entertaining presentation, and a meet-and-greet. The group was knowledgable and excited to move the program forward!
“Our family has been in chiropractic practice for over 95 years. We feel the MIBAC training reinforced current practices and protocols in our office. We also feel that it gave us additional training in management of acute low back pain cases. The aspect of opening up collaboration and referrals with other healthcare professionals is also a great plus. When individuals, groups, and offices work together for the good of the patient’s needs, favorable and cost-effective outcomes can certainly be achieved. We are proud to be a part of the MIBAC initiative.”
“The MIBAC collaboration has helped our clinic build relationships with local primary care physicians to help properly co-manage spine pain patients in an efficient manner in terms of triage, diagnosis and appropriate treatment.”
“I went through the level 1 training and especially enjoyed the communication tips and the video for the back exam. I have used these tools to help educate my patients, and my patients have been very receptive to my recommendations.”
MIBAC is funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM). Although they provide funding, the views and opinions of the collaborative do not express the views of BCBSM. We are grateful for their ongoing support.
Clinicians Participating in Quality Improvement
Physician Organizations Participating in Quality Improvement
Physician Organizations Participating in MIBAC Overall
Independent Chiropractors Participating in Quality Improvement
If you are a first-contact spine care provider, practice, or physician organization and would like more information about the program and how you can get involved, please contact us using the link below.
Michigan Back Collaborative
Henry Ford Health
Office of Clinical Quality & Safety
1 Ford Place
Detroit, Michigan 48202
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