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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

mation on all designated Blue Distinction Centers, please go to http://www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction/ or call 1.800.810.BLUE.***

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 39 independent, community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for more than 100 million members - one-in-three Americans.  For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com.

References

(1) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Statistical Brief #34, Hospital Stays Involving Musculoskeletal Procedures 1997-2005, July 2007

*  Each member of the Blue Distinction Expert Panel is engaged as an independent consultant and offered a nominal honorarium.  Expert panelists do not serve as representatives of any professional organization, but as learned individuals who inform discussions on evaluating quality in patient care with knowledge based on their own clinical experience.  Expert opinions expressed are those of the individual expert and do not represent the opinions of any medical organization.

**  Medical organizations, including the North American Spine Society and the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, are generally supportive of quality based initiatives and have observed expert panel deliberations and provided input and information, but they do not form
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