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Broker News | Vol. 8, No. 5 | March 8, 2013
Broker News | Vol. 8, No. 5 | March 8, 2013

Several Hospitals Receive Blue Distinction Center Designation for Quality and Efficiency

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield congratulates four hospitals in the Rochester area and three in the Mohawk Valley for being recognized by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of spine surgery and knee and hip replacement.

In the Rochester, NY area, Unity, Highland and Rochester General hospitals are being recognized for their knee and hip replacement programs, and Strong Memorial Hospital is being recognized for its spine surgery program.

In the Mohawk Valley, Bassett Medical Center, Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Medical Center are being recognized for their knee and hip replacement programs.

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program expanded recently to include new cost-efficiency measures, as well as more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety.

“Local hospitals continue to prove that you can offer high quality care at an affordable price,” said Martin Lustick, M.D., senior vice president, corporate medical director, Excellus BCBS. “The Blue Distinction recognition continues our collaborations with local providers, as we jointly tackle issues such as improving quality of care and reducing readmissions and hospital-acquired infections.”

The hospitals are being recognized as Blue Distinction Centers+ for their expertise in quality and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care. Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as Blue Distinction Centers+.  

Research confirms that these newly designated Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions.

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