Designations help patients find quality, affordable maternity care and
Bozeman Health recently earned the distinction of being designated by Blue
Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) as a Blue Distinction Center
(BDC) for Knee and Hip Replacement and as a Blue Distinction Center Plus
(BDC+) for Maternity Care.
Blue Distinction is a national designation program recognizing healthcare
facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty
care–safely, effectively and cost efficiently, based on objective
measures developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input
from the medical community. The goal is to help consumers find both quality
and value for their special care needs while encouraging healthcare professionals
to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.
“We have previously been designated a Blue Distinction Center for
Knee and Hip Replacement,” said Kim Herring, Bozeman Health Quality
Director. “What’s really exciting is that this is the first
year we were cited for Maternity Care, and we were recognized as a Blue
Distinction Center Plus, which is the higher level of designation.”
Healthcare facilities that are recognized for expertise in delivering specialty
care can be named a BDC, while those named a BDC+ are recognized for both
expertise and cost-efficiency in delivering specialty care. Hospitals
were assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information
and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.
According to Herring, the selection criteria for which Bozeman Health was
named a BDC+ for Maternity Care were the low number of early elective
deliveries when not medically necessary, low maternal morbidity measures
for blood transfusions, acute myocardial infarction and sepsis, and high
hospital satisfaction scores.
For the BDC for Hip and Knee Replacement, selection criteria were accreditation
status, ancillary services available (ICU, 24/7 pharmacy, radiology, blood
bank and laboratory), and low complication rates and low readmission rates.