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Patients Had Fewer Infection Rates, Fewer Complications at Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery(R), According to HealthCore Study
Date:4/23/2009

for Bariatric Surgery(R) are given recognition for offering high quality services and an incentive to maintain or improve quality outcomes for patients. Healthcare providers that apply and meet the criteria are awarded the designation of Blue Distinction. Healthcare providers not meeting criteria are given feedback regarding recommended areas for improvement.

Working in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations, a survey tool was created requesting data on structure, process, and outcome measures such as procedure volume, mortality, care team, and patient follow-up care. The Blue Distinction designation process is transparent, and the measures are publicly available at http://www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction, along with how to find Blue Distinction Centers nationwide.

About the study

The study compared 30-day, 90-day and 6-month outcomes for 4,479 patients undergoing bariatric procedures in 2007. The study included WellPoint affiliated health plans' members in the following states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Wisconsin and Virginia. In total, 437 facilities were included in the study with 2,310 members treated at designated centers and 2,169 treated at non-designated centers. The study included the following procedures: laparoscopic band, laparoscopic gastroenterostomy, open gastroenterostomy, open gastric bypass, and laparoscopic gastroplasty.

The trending information about facility increases, inpatient and outpatient procedures, and increase in surgeries was based on data from overall affiliated health plan membership from 2006 to 2007.

About HealthCore

HealthCore, based in Wilmington, Del., is the clinical outcomes resea
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