(PASADENA, Calif. –April 26, 2016) - Anthem Blue Cross has designated
Huntington Hospital 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 health
care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health
outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from
the medical community.
“We are proud to have been honored by Anthem Blue Cross in this
way,” said Azhil (Alex) Durairaj, MD, FACC, FSCAI, interventional
cardiologist, Huntington Hospital. “Our dedicated physicians, nurses,
technicians and therapists work hard to maintain exemplary patient safety
and quality care, and we congratulate them for meeting the rigorous standards
for this recognition.”
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. In addition to meeting established quality thresholds, these hospitals
must also demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to their peers.
Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet nationally established
quality measures for Blue Distinction Centers were considered for designation
as a Blue Distinction Center+.
Huntington Hospital is proud to be recognized by Anthem Blue Cross for
meeting the rigorous selection criteria for cardiac care set by the Blue
Distinction Specialty Care program.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming
more than 610,000 lives—1 in 4—each year, according to the
Centers for Disease Control.1 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.
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients
find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of
bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip
replacements, maternity care, spine surgery and transplants, while encouraging
healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.
Research shows that facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers
demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients compared
with their peers. On average, facilities designated as a Blue Distinction
Center+ for Cardiac Care are 20 percent more cost efficient in an episode
of care compared to non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated healthcare
For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the
designated facilities, please visit
The Huntington Hospital Heart and Vascular Center is a recognized leader
in cardiac care, providing over 2,000 catheterizations and electrophysiology
procedures and 42,000 non-invasive cardiac diagnostic procedures each
year. The Huntington Hospital Heart and Vascular Center exceeded national
standards in nine out of ten clinical measures. The center offers a full
spectrum of services, including screening and diagnostic tests, advanced
medical and surgical treatments, and cardiac rehabilitation and education programs.
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health
Statistics. Underlying Cause of Death 1999-2013 on CDC WONDER Online Database,
released 2015. Data are from the Multiple Cause of Death Files, 1999-2013,
as compiled from data provided by the 57 vital statistics jurisdictions
through the Vital Statistics Cooperative Program: http://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.
Accessed on Feb 3, 2015.
About Huntington Hospital
www.huntingtonhospital.com, is a 625-bed not-for-profit hospital in Pasadena, California. We are
named among the top hospitals in California and nationally ranked in two
specialties by U.S. News and World Report. Learn more about us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/huntingtonmemorialhospital and on Twitter at @huntingtonnews.
About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
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community-based and locally operated Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies
that collectively provide healthcare coverage for nearly 105 million members
– one in three Americans. For more information on the Blue Cross
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About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient
safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community.
A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities 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 facility’s cost of care is
evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities 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
www.bcbs.com. 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.