|Feb. 22, 2013|
|Sanford Health Medical Centers receive Blue Distinction® designations
Blue Distinction® designation aids consumers and employers in choosing high-performing hospitals and physician practices
|(Bismarck, N.D.)—The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced the expansion of Blue Distinction, its national quality designation for specialty care, to include specific designations for quality and quality plus cost-efficient specialty care. Click here to view the national announcement.
Sanford Medical Centers in Bismarck, Fargo and Sioux Falls have received the following designations:
Knee and Hip Replacement
Blue Distinction Centers® are part of a national designation program that recognizes those facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care -- safely, efficiently, and cost effectively. The designation, historically focused solely on quality, is expanding to further distinguish these quality designated facilities with an additional and more selective value designation.
Beginning with the Spine Surgery and the Knee and Hip Replacement programs, the Blue Distinction Centers® program awards qualifying hospitals either a “quality” designation or a “value” designation. The basics of each designation are as follows:
Quality designation = Meets quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes. Value designation = Meets both quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes, as well as cost of care measures.
Quality remains key. Only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction's quality criteria are considered for any designation. Blue Distinction's goal is to help consumers find both quality and value for their specialty care needs, on a consistent basis, while encouraging healthcare professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.
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