Bellin Escanaba Earns Provider Distinction Award

FMC Escanaba recognized for hard work in providing quality care to Medicare Advantage patients

Bellin Health Family Medical Center-Escanaba was recently awarded a BCN AdvantageSM, Blue Cross Medicare Plus BlueSM PPO Provider Distinction Award. These awards are given annually to Medicare Advantage physician offices for outstanding contributions in helping Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network members receive “Star Quality” care, as measured by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Star Ratings.

“We’ve made a commitment to help our members get valuable coverage and quality health care, something we cannot do without the hard work of our provider partners across the state,” said Marc. D. Keshishian, M.D., BCN’s senior vice president and chief medical officer.

Laurrie Knight, M.D., associate medical director at BCBSM added, “Achieving high star ratings means our providers are delivering on their commitment of excellent health care practices to all of our customers.”

CMS rates Medicare Advantage plans on a scale of one through five stars, using around 40 measures focused on getting members the care they need, increasing member satisfaction and leading members to better health outcomes. In October 2015, CMS announced the 2016 star ratings for BCBSM and BCN. BCBSM received a 4-star rating and BCN received a 4.5 star rating. FMC-Escanaba was one of 305 providers statewide to receive a 2015 Provider Distinction Award, recognizing their contribution to achieving this high standard of care for Michigan Medicare Advantage patients.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network of Michigan are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross and Blue Care Network provide and administer health benefits to more than 5.2 million members residing in Michigan in addition to employees of Michigan-headquartered companies who reside outside the state. For more company information, visit and