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Blue Distinction Centers: Local hospital programs recognized for excellence

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May 14, 2013

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania recently awarded Blue Distinction Centers® and Blue Distinction Centers+SM designations to surgical programs at 5 hospitals in our service area.

Making informed decisions about health care is important to everyone and Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is committed to giving you the tools you need to do just that. It isn’t just about finding a doctor or health care facility?it’s about finding the best care for your specific condition or need. That’s how the Blue Distinction® network can help everyone make smarter choices.

The program has 2 levels of recognition—Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+:

Programs cited as Blue Distinction Centers have met nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria developed with input from the medical community.

Programs that receive the Blue Distinction Centers+ designation have satisfied the Blue Distinction criteria and additionally met cost measures that address consumers’ needs for affordable health care.

In BCNEPA’s 13-county service area, the following 5 hospitals have recently been awarded these designations:

Knee and hip replacement

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (Wilkes-Barre): Blue Distinction Center
Regional Hospital of Scranton (Scranton): Blue Distinction Center+
Robert Packer Hospital (Sayre): Blue Distinction Center
Williamsport Hospital (Williamsport): Blue Distinction Center+

Spine surgery

Geisinger Community Medical Center (Scranton): Blue Distinction Center+
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (Wilkes-Barre): Blue Distinction Center+
Williamsport Hospital (Williamsport): Blue Distinction Center+

The following local hospitals are designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care®:

Cardiac care

Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton
Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre
Regional Hospital of Scranton, Scranton
Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Wilkes-Barre
Williamsport Regional Hospital, Williamsport
Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton

You can find out more about Blue Distinction Centers on www.bcnepa.com.

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 healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is 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 find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.