Nazareth Hospital Receives Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Efficiency
The Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers and Employers in Choosing High-Performing Hospitals
NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (May 6, 2013): Independence Blue Cross has named Nazareth Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ in Knee and Hip Replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care—which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.
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 selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics. Nazareth Hospital is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.
“It’s an honor for Nazareth Hospital to be recognized for the high-quality, high-value joint replacement care we provide to our community,” said Nancy Cherone, FACHE, Executive Director/Administrator, Nazareth Hospital. “Our orthopedic team is excellent and they work to ensure each patient is well-prepared for joint replacement surgery and takes an active role in their post-surgery recovery.”
“The addition of the Blue Distinction Centers+ is yet another way we’re transforming the delivery of health care by focusing on improving quality and lowering costs,” said Richard Snyder, M.D., Independence Blue Cross chief medical officer. “Our region is fortunate to have many high-quality hospitals, and the Blue Distinction+ designation can help consumers find safe, high-quality, and now cost-effective care.”
Research confirms that the 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+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.