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Published on August 12, 2013

The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital Recognized for Quality in Cardiac Care

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has recognized The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction Center+SM designation in the area of cardiac care.  Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals shown to deliver quality specialty care based on objective, transparent measures for patient safety and health outcomes that were developed with input from the medical community. This year, the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program added the new Blue Distinction Centers+ designation to recognize hospitals that deliver both quality and cost-efficient specialty care.

To receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac CareSM designation, a hospital must demonstrate success in meeting both general quality and safety criteria (such as preventing hospital-acquired infections) and cardiac-specific quality measures (related to lower rates of complications and death following cardiac surgery; and non-surgical procedures, such as cardiac stent placement) and, additionally, must show better cost efficiency relative to their peers.

Quality is key and only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.

“Moses Cone Hospital is proud to be recognized by BCBSNC for meeting the rigorous cardiac care selection,” says Cone Health Heart and Vascular Center and Imaging Services Vice President Rich Lundy. “This success is the result of a team approach to patient care that includes a strong focus on quality, service and cost.”

Cardiac procedures, including bypass and cardiac stent placement, are among the most common major medical procedures provided by the U. S. healthcare system, with more than 1 million procedures performed annually. These cardiac related procedures cost the nation more than $28 billion annually. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program seeks to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to find both quality and value for their cardiac care needs.

“We are pleased to be working with hospitals that share our commitment to high quality care in North Carolina,” said Lisa Cade, vice president of network management for BCBSNC. “Through the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program, customers are able to take control of their health and find great care at a reasonable price.”

Research shows that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications following certain cardiac procedures and lower rates of healthcare associated infections, compared with their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient for those same procedures.