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McLaren Port Huron Receives Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Efficiency

Monday, March 04, 2013

The Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers and Employers in Choosing High- Performing Hospitals

Port Huron, MI – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has named McLaren Port Huron as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the areas of Spine Surgery and Knee and Hip Replacement. The hospital’s Cardiac Care program has been designated as a Blue Distinction Center for the past two years.

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.

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 as well as program specific metrics. McLaren Port Huron is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria that have been set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

“Blue Distinction Centers are proven to outperform their peers in quality, safety and efficiency. McLaren Port Huron is the only hospital in St. Clair and Sanilac counties that has been recognized with Blue Distinction designations,” says Tom DeFauw, president and chief executive officer of McLaren Port Huron. “We are proud of our strong reputation for delivering the highest quality patient care experience to our patients, and these designations are proof of our superb commitment.”

“Congratulations to McLaren Port Huron 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 in these areas, demonstrate a focus on continuous improvement yielding safer patient care,” says David Share, MD, senior vice president, Value Partnerships, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers and 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 healthcare decisions, and these results will 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 is displayed on 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.