Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Specialty Care

This is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care

Allegiance Health is pleased to be designated as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. 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 – and has recently been expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost efficiency measures.

David Share, MD, senior vice president, Value Partnerships, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan said, “Congratulations to Allegiance Health on earning the Blue Distinction+ designation for Hip and Knee Replacement and Spine Surgery. This designation, and the hospital’s participation in initiatives that improve quality and safety for these areas, demonstrate a focus on continuous improvement yielding safer 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 make better informed health care decisions, and these results will enable employers, working with their Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.

“Allegiance Health is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria that have been set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program,” said Executive Director of Neuromusculoskeletal Services Terry Keys. “We are proud to receive an honor that confirms the success of Allegiance Health and our physicians at achieving clinical excellence.”

Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable health care. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria are displayed on www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. To find out which services and providers (including hospital based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To learn more about Blue Distinction, please visit bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

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