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Area Cardiac Care Programs Receive Blue Distinction Designation

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January 22, 2014

Blue Distinction Centers:

3 area cardiac care programs receive designations

Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that 3 cardiac programs at area hospitals have recently received a Blue Distinction Center® designation.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s national Blue Distinction Center program can help everyone make smarter choices. Making informed decisions about health care isn’t just about finding a doctor or health care facility--it’s about finding the best care for a specific condition or need.

The program has 2 recognition categories--Blue Distinction Center and Blue Distinction Center+SM.

  • 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 Center+ designation have satisfied the Blue Distinction® criteria and additionally met cost measures that address consumers’ needs for affordable health care.

These 3 cardiac care programs in Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s service area have met the requirements for the following designations:

  • Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton: Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac CareSM
  • Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre: Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care®
  • Pocono Medical Center, East Stroudsburg: Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care

Each program will be identified in the Blues’ National Doctor and Hospital FinderSM and special signs have been placed at each facility to recognize their accomplishments.

You can find more information about the Blue Distinction Center program--as well as a link to the nationwide listing of Blue Distinction Centers--at Just click on the “Find a Doctor/Hospital” tab.

Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on its Network participation and Blue Distinction status. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its Licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from using this website or receiving care from a provider listed in this website.