Blue Distinction Center Designation for Cardiac Surgery
Florida Blue has named Holy Cross Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center in the area of cardiac surgery. 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 – and has recently been expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics as well as program specific metrics.Blue Distinction Centers have met rigorous program standards and demonstrated quality and improved outcomes for patients, with low rates of complications and readmissions. The program provides consumers with tools to make better informed health care decisions, and these results enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.