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Huntington Hospital Earns Blue Distinction® Centers Designation for Cardiac Care

Huntington Hospital Earns Blue Distinction® Centers Designation for Cardiac Care
Feb 19 2019

Blue Cross/Blue Shield has recognized Huntington Hospital with a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care designation, as part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated providers that show expertise in delivering improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA),[1] cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death globally and is expected to claim more than 23.6 million lives annually by 2030. Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care seek to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to find quality cardiac care. To receive a Blue Distinction Centers designation, hospitals must demonstrate 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.

“We are proud to be named a Blue Distinction Center for the quality, cardiac care we provide our patients,” said Azhil (Alex) Durairaj, MD, medical director, cardiovascular services, Huntington Hospital. “The impact of heart disease is widespread. Our experienced and talented cardiac team is committed to fighting the disease by advancing care for our patients, investing in technologies and educating the community. This designation is the direct result of all of our hard work.”

“Blue Shield of California congratulates Huntington Hospital on its Blue Distinction designation for Cardiac Care. The Blue Distinction program is another example of our commitment to ensuring our members have access to quality care through our in-network providers,” said Terry Gilliland, senior vice president and chief health officer, Blue Shield of California.

Hospitals recognized with this designation are assessed using a combination of quality information supplied by hospitals and third-party data registries, and cost measures derived from Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies’ medical claims.

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

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About Blue Distinction Centers

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 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.

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[1]American Heart Association, https://www.heart.org/-/media/data-import/downloadables/heart-disease-and-stroke-statistics-2018—at-a-glance-ucm_498848.pdf