Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota has named Fairview Lakes Medical Center 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. The designation 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.
“The staff of Fairview Lakes Medical Center is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program,” said Bryan Gaffy, Fairview Lakes’ vice president of business development and support services. “This designation is a validation of the high level of care we provide patients who receive total joint replacements at our facility. In addition, the Total Value designation supports our goal of managing costs while providing high quality patient 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.