Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi members could pay less out of pocket when they choose Forrest General
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi members could receive a lower co-insurance out of pocket expense when they choose services at a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery.
Centers of Excellence are Network Providers that specialize in certain illness and/or treatments. 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, cost and total value, and then meet additional criteria as defined by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.
Forrest General, as a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery, is committed to providing high quality measures for patient safety and affordable care and is the only hospital in this region recognized as a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for these services.
“Forrest General is the only hospital in this region recognized as a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence for these services,” said Forrest Health president and ceo Evan Dillard. “This recognition is further evidence of our commitment to provide world-class health care to residents of South Mississippi. Additionally, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi members who choose to receive specialty services at a Blue Distinction Center of Excellence receive a higher benefit."
By providing access to quality, cost effective Network Providers, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi encourages Mississippians to take ownership of their health and make educated healthcare choices. The health and wellness company is working to develop meaningful and proven provider quality benchmarks that will be used to evaluate the quality and cost of care of any Network Provider. Quality benchmarks are being designed to advance quality process improvements, reduce variation in care and enhance the patient experience within the hospital and clinic settings. By implementing programs that progressively raise the bar on provider quality, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is providing Mississippians access to quality Network Providers who practice evidence-based medicine, with the overall goal of healthier Mississippians.
“When patients are facing surgery such as a joint replacement or complex spine procedure, they want to know that they are choosing the right facility to receive their care,” said Dillard. “The Blue Distinction from Blue Cross Blue Shield 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 in both orthopedics and spine surgery as an added reassurance for patients who are entrusting their care to our physicians and staff.”