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Hahnemann University Hospital Achieves Blue Distinction Designation for Bariatric Surgery

Hahnemann University Hospital's Center for Surgical Weight Loss was recently designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Bariatric Surgery by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.

According to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Bariatric Surgery provide a full range of bariatric surgery care; including surgical care, post-operative care, outpatient follow-up care and patient education. These Centers have lower complication rates and fewer readmissions. The designation recognizes healthcare providers for delivering quality specialty care – safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.  It demonstrates that Hahnemann’s Bariatric Surgery Program has met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes.  

This is the team’s second national designation, having achieved the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accreditation Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) accreditation in 2015.

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Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.”

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