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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Expands Blue Distinction(R) Designation to Include Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement
Date:1/27/2010

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  • Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization
  • Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume
  • Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care
  • Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care
  • Shared decision making and preoperative patient education

In addition to recognizing Blue Distinction Centers, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are proactively encouraging improvement by facilities that did not initially achieve the Blue Distinction designation.  Non-designated facilities are provided feedback reports indicating areas for quality improvement in an ongoing effort to help them become a Blue Distinction Center.  To support ongoing quality and safety, designated Blue Distinction facilities also are re-evaluated on a regular basis.

The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants.  The program is part of The Blues efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care.

For a complete listing of Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement, or for more infor
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