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Baptist Health Louisville Receives Blue Distinction Center Designation for Quality and Efficiency



The Blue Distinction® Designation Aids Consumers and Employers in Choosing High-Performing Hospitals

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has named Baptist Health Louisville as a Blue Distinction Center+ in Knee and Hip Replacement. 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 – which expanded recently to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety, as well as new cost-efficiency measures.

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering quality care in Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Complex and Rare Cancers, Knee and Hip Replacements, Spine Surgery, and Transplants. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics. Baptist Health Louisville is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program.

”This distinction sets Baptist Health Louisville apart, and underscores the excellence of its orthopedic program which performs the most total joint replacements of any hospital in Kentucky,” said President David Gray.

“For 75 years Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky has been proud to salute healthcare facilities that provide outstanding healthcare value based on their commitment to delivering better patient outcomes,” said Deb Moessner, Anthem president. “We congratulate Baptist Health and appreciate the important role they play in providing quality medical services to Anthem’s members.”

Research confirms that the newly designated Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ also are more than 20 percent more cost-efficient. The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed healthcare decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with their local Blue Plan, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality and cost objectives.