Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, Minn. has been selected by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross) as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed by Blue Cross with input from the medical community.
Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical treatments in the U.S.
Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions. Designated hospitals also must maintain national accreditation. In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other hospitals.
Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet nationally established, objective quality measures are considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.
“Fairview Lakes Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program,” says John Herman, president, Fairview Lakes Medical Center. “This recognition demonstrates our deep focus on providing exceptional clinical care for patients undergoing these procedures.”