RI Hospital Earns Blue Distinction® Centers+ Designation for Cardiac Care

January 17, 2019

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has recognized Rhode Island Hospital with a “Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care” designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations. Rhode Island Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be awarded the designation.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and is expected to claim more than 23.6 million lives annually by 2030. Blue Distinction Centers+ for Cardiac Care seek to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers+ designation, hospitals must demonstrate expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care, focusing on cardiac valve surgery, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG), and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) episodes of care. Hospitals receiving a Blue Distinction Centers+ designation must also demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to their peers.

Only those hospitals that first meet nationally established quality measures for Blue Distinction Centers are considered for designation as Blue Distinction Centers+.

“Rhode Island Hospital has a longstanding commitment to outstanding and cutting-edge care, for our cardiac patients as with all areas of care,” said Rhode Island Hospital President Margaret M. Van Bree, M.H.A., Dr.P.H. “This designation by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island highlights that commitment, and I commend our outstanding Lifespan Cardiovascular Institute clinicians, Rhode Island Hospital nurses, rehabilitation staff and all here who contribute to the best possible outcome for our patients.”

“Designating Blue Distinction Centers offers patients a way to compare quality of care at different hospitals, and helps to ensure that they can make informed choices. Patients want the right care at the right time and to be sure they’re getting the best care available locally,” said Matt Collins, M.D., vice president of clinical integration at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island. “We applaud the hospitals that have received these designations for their commitment to quality.”

Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and third party data registries, and cost measures derived from Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ medical claims.

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality specialty care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver. Research shows that compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated providers.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated providers, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

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