The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) is a non-profit partnership between the University of Michigan and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) to promote evidence-based care delivery, improve population health, and expand access to health care. CHRT combines the research strengths of the University with the health plan expertise and patient/provider network of BCBSM to test the best ideas for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the health care system. CHRT is also committed to informing and educating the public through a range of events and reports relevant to policy makers and the public at large.
CHRT designs and funds demonstration and research projects within two principal areas of focus:
- Care delivery and financing systems
- Population health and access to care
CHRT projects are selected in part based on their potential for national impact and their applicability to a broad range of communities and care settings.
The Center's board, which includes six members from each of the founding organizations, is chaired by John E. Billi, M.D., associate vice president for medical affairs at U-M and associate dean for clinical affairs at the U-M Medical School. Its vice chair is Kevin L. Seitz, executive vice president of Healthcare Value Enhancement for BCBSM. Marianne Udow-Phillips is the center's director.