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Blue Cross and Blue Shield Names Two Bozeman Health Clinical Services as Blue Distinction Centers


Designations help patients find quality, affordable maternity care and joint replacement

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.

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