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Blue Distinction® recognizes facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with physicians and medical organizations. At the core of Blue Distinction are the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care®, providing our members with a credible, easily identifiable means of selecting facilities that meet their individual health care needs.
The Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery have demonstrated an objective commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for spine surgery patients. These facilities have demonstrated experience in offering a broad range of inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures. To date, more than 300* facilities nationwide have met our evidence-based selection criteria.
We received input from physicians and medical organizations to determine the selection criteria for all Blue Distinction programs. Candidates for Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery must submit clinical data to establish that they meet the selection criteria, which include:
Detailed selection criteria are publicly available, providing consumers with support for their health care decisions and facilities with a clinically established path for quality improvement.
To maintain their designations as Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery, all facilities will be required to reapply periodically for re-designation. This not only encourages continuing quality at the facility level, but also provides us with an opportunity to work with physicians and medical organizations to determine if any Blue Distinction quality thresholds should be raised to reflect current clinical practice. This process fosters ongoing opportunities for Blue Distinction to improve the overall quality of care.
Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery, along with Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery®, Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care®, Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers®, Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM, and Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants® are a key part of The Blues' efforts to collaborate with physicians and facilities to improve the overall quality, and resulting affordability, of specialty care.
* Approximate number of designated facilities by the end of Q1 2010
Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on their Network participation status. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its Licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from using this website or receiving care from a provider listed in this website.