BIDMC TOPS BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD MASSACHUSETTS RANKINGS
FOR HEALTH CARE QUALITY AND COST EFFICIENCY
BOSTON – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) topped the list among Massachusetts hospitals in Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ (BCBSMA) Blue Distinction® designation of hospitals making a difference in health care outcomes and value.
BIDMC won the designation for its efforts in Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, and Bone Marrow, Stem Cell and/or Allogeneiac Transplants. The medical center was among 16 Massachusetts hospitals designated by the state’s largest health insurer in a process that involved collaborating with employer groups, providers, and specialty medical societies.
“BIDMC has focused intensively on providing high quality, well coordinated care in these specialized service lines, and it is gratifying to see these efforts manifesting as better outcomes for our patients,” said Kenneth Sands, MD, senior vice president of health care quality.
Blue Distinction is a nationwide program that recognizes medical facilities that meet a national set of objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality developed in collaboration with expert clinicians and leading medical organizations. This designation provides consumers with a credible, easily identifiable means of selecting facilities that best meet their individual specialty care needs.
“BCBSMA is committed to delivering on our promise of high quality, more affordable health care by working to eliminate the overuse, under use, and misuse of health care services. Blue Distinction is another way we demonstrate this commitment,” said BCBSMA Chief Physician Executive John Fallon, MD.
“Based on clinical data from hospitals and registries, research indicates that Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better, more consistent overall outcome with fewer post-procedure complications and lower mortality rates,” Fallon said.
The analysis includes 41,333 patients treated within a facility setting, 22,322 of which were treated at BDC-designated facilities and 19,011 at other facilities. The analysis is based on cardiac events and procedures occurring during calendar year 2006, with follow-up in 2007.
BCBSMA launched Blue Distinction in 2007 with the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care. In 2008, the health insurer launched three Blue Distinction programs: Transplants, Complex and Rare Cancers and Bariatric Surgery. Due to the high level of success that BDCs have seen with regard to quality outcomes and value, Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies are in the process of expanding the program to additional specialty areas.
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|Bay State Medical Center|| || || ||Springfield|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care|
|Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center|| || || ||Boston|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, Transplants-Bone Marrow, Stem Cell and/or Allogeneiac|
|Boston Medical Center|| || || ||Boston|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care|
|Brigham & Women’s Hospital|| || || ||Boston|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care|
|Cape Cod Hospital|| || || ||Hyannis|| || || ||Cardiac Care|
|Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Hospital|| || || ||Boston|| || || ||Cardiac Care|
|Dana Farber-Brigham & Women’s Cancer Center|| || || ||Boston|| || || ||Complex and Rare Cancers|
|Faulkner Hospital|| || || || |
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|Lahey Clinic|| || || ||Burlington|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers|
|Lawrence Memorial Hospital|| || || ||Medford|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery|
|Massachusetts General Hospital|| || || ||Boston|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care|
|Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center|| || || ||Boston|| || || ||Complex and Rare Cancers|
|Mount Auburn Hospital|| || || ||Cambridge|| || || ||Cardiac Care|
|Newton –Wellesley Hospital|| || || ||Newton|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery|
|North Shore Medical Center|| || || ||Salem|| || || ||Cardiac Care|
|Tufts Medical Center|| || || ||Boston|| || || ||Cardiac Care, Transplants-Liver|
|Winchester Hospital|| || || ||Winchester|| || || ||Bariatric Surgery|