September 13, 2013

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To:

All Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Contracting Providers

From:

Connie Winkley – Education/Communication Coordinator
Institutional Provider Relations
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, Inc.
An Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Subject:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) recognizes six hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers

Six hospitals providing service to our members in Kansas have been recognized by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement, Bariatric Surgery and Cardiac Care.

The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program, which began in 2006, expanded recently to include new cost-efficiency measures, as well as more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety. Blue Distinction Centers are recognized for their expertise in delivering quality specialty care while Blue Distinction Centers+ are recognized for their expertise in quality and cost efficiency in delivering specialty care.

BCBSKS encourages contracting providers to verify benefits for any member covered under a National Account to determine whether or not the member is required to utilize a Blue Distinction Center (BDC) or a Blue Distinction Center Plus (BDC+) facility for a specific services per the member contract.  Benefits for Blue members covered outside the BCBSKS provider network can be verified by calling 1-800-676-BLUE (1-800-676-2583) and providing the member's alpha-prefix.

These hospitals have earned Blue Distinction Center+ recognition for their expertise in quality and cost efficiency in the following specialties:

These hospitals have earned Blue Distinction Center recognition for their expertise in delivering quality care in the following specialties:

Stormont-Vail HealthCare is the first hospital in Kansas to be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for their Cardiac Care program.  Both Via Christi and Mercy Regional are being designated as Blue Distinction Centers for the first time in 2013 for their Knee and Hip Replacement program; the other four facilities have previously been honored for Spine Surgery and/or Knee and Hip Replacement.

BCBSKS congratulates these facilities on the dedication to their specialty care program and providing quality service to our BCBSKS members in the areas of Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement, Bariatric Surgery and/or Cardiac Care.

If you have questions regarding this newsletter, please contact your BCBSKS Provider Representative.  Denny Hartman can be reached at 1-316-269-1602, Cindy Garrison at 1-785-291-8862 and Janne Adams-Denton at 1-785-291-8813.

 

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