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    BCBSRI Designates Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital as Blue Distinction Centers

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) today announced that it has awarded its Blue Distinction Center status to Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. The two hospitals were chosen for the designations following a comprehensive review of their spine surgery and knee and hip replacement services.

    “This important, national designation recognizes the top quality orthopedic care that we provide to thousands of patients each year,” said Timothy J. Babineau, MD, president and chief executive officer, Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital. “Earning Blue Distinction is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the orthopedic surgeons, doctors, nurses and staff at both hospitals.”

    Since 2006, the Blue Distinction program has recognized facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations. The program provides BCBSRI members with a credible means of identifying hospitals that meet their individual healthcare needs for select procedures and conditions.

    “BCBSRI is committed to working collaboratively with physicians and hospitals to raise the quality of healthcare in our state,” said James E. Purcell, president and CEO of BCBSRI. “The Blue Distinction designation identifies institutions that lead the way in delivering positive outcomes, and we congratulate Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital on their designation as providers of high-quality healthcare services.” The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from a panel of expert physicians. To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery or a Blue

    Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, the following criteria were evaluated:

    • Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization
    • Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume.
    • Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care.
    • Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care.
    • Shared decision making and preoperative patient education.

    More detailed information on the selection criteria can be found on www.bcbsa.com.

    The Blue Distinction designation is awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, spine surgery and transplants. The program is part of The Blues® efforts to collaborate with physicians and medical facilities to improve the overall quality and safety of specialty care.

    The additional Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement designations for Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital will bring the nation's number of Blue Distinction designations to more than 1,600-and this number is expected to increase in the coming years.



    (Posted 02/01/10)

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