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Blue Cross, hospitals launch blood clot prevention study

Crain's Detroit Business News, August 27, 2010

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, the University of Michigan Medical Center and 16 other hospitals will begin a quality improvement study in October to reduce risk of blood clots in hospitalized patients.

Blood clots – also known as venous thromboembolism – affect an estimated 900,000 people in the U.S. each year, resulting in several hundred thousand hospitalizations and about 300,000 deaths, said Blue Cross in a statement.

Blue Cross also estimates reducing blood clots could cut health costs $5 million over five years.