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 based on objective measures developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
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 previously have 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, the higher level of designation.”
Selection criteria for which Bozeman Health was named a BDC+ for Maternity
Care were low number of early elective deliveries, 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, criteria included accreditation
status, ancillary services available (ICU, 24/7 pharmacy, radiology, blood
bank and laboratory), and low complication and readmission rates.