News Releases - 2013

February 25, 2013

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Congratulates Six Kansas Hospitals on Receiving Blue Distinction Center® Designation for Quality, Efficiency

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas today congratulates six hospitals in its service area for being recognized by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program in the areas of Spine Surgery and/or Knee and Hip Replacement.

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.

“Earning the Blue Distinction designation is not easy. It takes a tremendous commitment to quality in all phases of a hospital’s specialty care program to meet Blue Distinction’s nationally established, objective measures,” said Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO. “Only six hospitals in our 103-county service area have successfully gone through the rigors of achieving such designation, and they are to be congratulated. It is impressive that four of these six hospitals were further recognized for attaining cost efficiency in delivering this high-quality care.”

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

  • Labette Health, Parsons, Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement
  • St. Francis Health Center, Topeka, Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement; Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery
  • Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis, Wichita, Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement
  • Wesley Medical Center, Wichita, Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement; Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery

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

  • Mercy Regional Health Center, Manhattan, Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement®
  • Stormont-Vail HealthCare, Topeka, Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement; Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery®

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
For 70 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit www.bcbsks.com.

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 health care 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 our 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 health care. 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.