Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Announces Forrest General as Blue Distinction+ Center of Excellence in Cardiac Care
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – (August 21, 2014) Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is proud to announce Forrest General as one of only six Network Hospitals in Mississippi named as Blue Distinction+ Centers of Excellence for cardiac care.
The Blue Distinction+ Centers of Excellence program recognizes Network Hospitals and their Network Physicians that demonstrate high levels of performance in delivering quality specialty care safely, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Centers of Excellence must first be designated as Blue Distinction Centers by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, based on national criteria around quality, costs and total value, and then meet additional criteria as defined by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.
“When patients are facing issues concerning their heart health, they want to know they are choosing the right facility to receive their care,” said Evan Dillard, president and CEO of Forrest Health. “The Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for Cardiac Care gives patients peace of mind in knowing that they are choosing a healthcare provider with a proven track record of success in specific areas. Forrest General is very proud to be recognized with the Blue Distinction as an added reassurance for patients who are entrusting their care to our physicians and staff.”
Blue Distinction+ designation is part of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s statewide Cardiac Care Collaborative with its Network Providers that provide cardiovascular disease management. The Collaborative focuses on best practice care coordination with the goal of healthier outcomes through an emphasis on quality and prevention.
“An important part of being healthy is managing heart health. We know that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in Mississippi and responsible for millions of dollars in healthcare costs each year. Early identification of risk factors, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, diagnosis and care coordination are essential in prevention and management of the disease—and in managing costs,” says Sarah Broom, M.D., medical director for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “Some patients’ health requires a multi-disciplinary team with the primary care provider as the cornerstone. Then, depending on an individual’s needs, higher specialty care services may be necessary to achieve a quality outcome.”
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and its Network Providers are working on quality and performance measures for the diagnosis, treatment and management of cardiovascular disease from initial preventive risk assessment to surgical management. This includes the delivery of cardiac care hospital specialty procedures such as cardiovascular stent placement, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and valve replacement.
The Blue Distinction+ Center of Excellence designation is one component of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s collaboration with its Network Providers to build a cardiac care continuum, and illustrates that quality and cost-effective healthcare choices for improved health are what the “Value of Blue” provides to Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi members. For more information on Blue Distinction+ Centers for Specialty Care, please visit www.bcbsms.com.