DENVILLE, NJ – October 28, 2013 – Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has named Saint Clare’s
Hospital in Denville 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, which 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. Saint Clare’s is proud to have met the rigorous
selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.
“This national designation reflects Saint Clare’s unwavering
commitment to provide the best care possible to the communities we serve,”
said Leslie D. Hirsch, President and Chief Executive Officer. “It
is a testament to the collaborative efforts of our employees in their
pursuit of clinical excellence to assure that our patients receive the
highest-quality care in a safe and effective manner.”
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.
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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 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 find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.