WCCH Receives Blue Distinction Center+ Designation In Knee And Hip Replacement From Blue Cross And Blue Shield Of Louisiana

12/30/2013

In 2013, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana named West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) as a Blue Distinction Center+ in Knee and Hip Replacement. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care – which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers, and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery, and transplants. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics. WCCH and its team of physicians are proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

According to WCCH Chief Executive Officer Janie Fruge', such a notable recognition demonstrates West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital's commitment to quality care and efficiency. "An accomplishment like this is the result of teamwork all the way from our Board of Commissioners to our physicians to our staff members. It speaks about who we are and what we've been able to accomplish by working together,” she said.

"The field of orthopaedics has grown increasingly more sophisticated in its level of treatment. It's important that patients know where to turn for quality care and demonstrated expertise,” said Geoffrey Collins, MD, orthopedic specialist with Center for Orthopaedics and medical staff member of WCCH. "WCCH has proven its commitment to making advances in care available in Southwest Louisiana. Designations like these distinguish institutions that offer the highest level of health care, and for us and our patients, that knowledge is invaluable.”
"We're very excited about this expansion of the Blue Distinction program,” said Dr. David Carmouche, chief medical officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. "The expanded emphasis on both quality and cost efficiency takes the program to a new level. As for our network facilities that have been named Centers of Blue Distinction, we are proud of their commitment. We are eager to continue working with these top providers to give our mutual customers access to quality, affordable healthcare.”
 
Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
Founded in New Orleans in 1934, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is the oldest and largest Louisiana-based health insurance company. Blue Cross is a private, fully taxed mutual company, owned by policyholders—not shareholders—and governed by a local Board of Directors. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The company and its subsidiaries provide group and individual health insurance plans, life and disability insurance, group voluntary products, and administrative services to more than one out of every four Louisiana residents. With headquarters in Baton Rouge and eight district offices, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana employs nearly 2,000 Louisianians who are committed to improving the lives of its customers by providing them with health guidance and affordable access to quality care. Learn more on the company's website at www.bcbsla.com or visit our social media hub to connect with us via Facebook, Twitter, and more.

About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 38 independent, community-based, and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for 100 million members – one-in-three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook , check out videos on YouTube , follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog, for up-to-date information about BCBSA.

Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers' need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on www.bcbs.com. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. To find out which services and providers (including hospital based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital's Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.

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