Program Specifics

Low back pain can be frustrating for both patients and clinicians. There is often no single cause for the pain that can be “fixed” with one simple approach to treatment. There can be unnecessary imaging studies and referrals, utilization of unproven therapies, overusing opioids, and dissatisfied patients who never get effective pain relief.

There are three pillars or components of MIBAC:

  1. Quality Improvement
  2. Compelling Resources
  3. Education

Quality Improvement involves Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) plus the entry of clinical and demographic patient information into our registry. The data contributed during Quality Improvement populates the MIBAC registry and allows the collaborative to review and analyze data from the registry to identify “best practices” and opportunities for improvement. Furthermore, it enables us to work together on both state-wide and locally-focused quality improvement initiatives as a group.

Compelling resources is an area of the program that is newer, but is growing fast. Currently, we offer resources for patients and clinicians on our website in the form of videos, hand-outs, and other printable materials. In the future, we plan to offer clinical decision-making algorithms, apps, and other tools to improve the ease of caring for patients with acute back pain.

In 2024, we will roll-out a new training experience with clinical vignette-style modules. These modules provide CE credit (fees may apply). We are working with the experts at QURE HealthcareTM to develop custom modules for participating Chiropractors that build off of lessons-learned, current evidence, and will one day build off the program's best-practices identified thru Quality Improvement activities. Our executive committee is actively engaged in building, reviewing, and approving these modules.

MIBAC will involve physician organizations and individual BCBSM-contracted Chiropractors from throughout the state. The Coordinating Center will be based at Henry Ford Health in Detroit. 

Contact the Coordinating Center for Information

Support for the Michigan Back Collaborative (MIBAC) is provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan  as part of the BCBSM Value Partnerships program.

Although Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Michigan Back Collaborative work collaboratively, the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of BCBSM or any of its employees.


Michigan Back Collaborative
Henry Ford Health

Office of Clinical Quality & Safety

1 Ford Place

Detroit, Michigan 48202




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