Holy Spirit−A Geisinger Affiliate earns Blue Distinction® Center Designation for quality and cost-efficiency in cardiac care

Posted On On: April 14, 2016 Categories Filed Under: Member News

CAMP HILL, Pa. – Highmark Blue Shield has designated Holy Spirit–A Geisinger Affiliate as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program, 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 that were developed with input from the medical community.

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According to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), to receive a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care designation, a hospital must demonstrate its 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. A hospital must also have earned national accreditation at the facility level. To receive Blue Distinction Center+ designation, in addition to meeting the established quality thresholds, the hospital also must demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to its peers.

“Holy Spirit is proud to be recognized for our commitment to providing excellent heart care,” says Susan McQuade, director of Quality and Patient Safety. “The Ortenzio Heart Center at Holy Spirit is known for its quality care and excellent outcomes.”

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more than 610,000 lives—one in four —each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. By 2030, 40.5 percent of the U.S. population is projected to have some form of cardiovascular disease, and the cost of cardiac care is expected to reach $818 billion by 2030—an increase of almost 300 percent from 2010, according to the American Heart Association. The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program seeks to reduce this burden by empowering patients with the knowledge and tools to find both quality and value for their cardiac care.

“Highmark Blue Shield extends its sincere congratulations to Holy Spirit for their dedication to quality, patient safety, and transparency that is required to achieve this great distinction. With consumer driven healthcare programs like Blue Distinction, and the significant effort of our partner practitioners and facilities, Highmark can now enable our members the opportunity to make wise, value-driven healthcare decisions,” said Dr. Mark Piasio, medical director, Provider Strategy, Highmark Inc.

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