Crozer-Chester Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Cardiac Care - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on April 19, 2016

Crozer-Chester Medical Center Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Cardiac Care

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
(610) 284-8619
Mary.Wascavage@crozer.org

Independence Blue Cross has designated Crozer-Chester Medical Center as a Blue Distinction® Center+ in the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program.

Independence Blue Cross has designated Crozer-Chester
Medical Center as a Blue Distinction® Center+ in the Blue
Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program.

Independence Blue Cross has designated Crozer-Chester Medical Center 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 healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community.

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+.

Crozer-Chester Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Independence Blue Cross for meeting the rigorous selection criteria for cardiac care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s cardiovascular program has a longstanding reputation for clinical excellence and superb outcomes due to its team-based approach to patient care,” says Charles Geller, M.D., chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery for Crozer-Keystone Health System. “We are able to readily perform the most complex procedures, commonly only done at academic medical centers, here in our own community’s hospital.”

“I am proud to be a longtime member of Crozer-Chester Medical Center’s medical staff, as both a clinician and administrator,” says Ancil Jones, M.D., chief of Cardiology for Crozer. “I have firsthand experience with the quality of our cardiovascular program, and this designation from Independence Blue Cross validates it. Our patients have a choice of where to go for their care. Knowing that the medical center has met these high standards of quality care will give them confidence in trusting their cardiac care to one of the region’s best providers.”

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 facilities.

“Crozer-Keystone’s program continues to grow and evolve,” Dr. Geller says. “From a strong emphasis on a patient-centric Heart Team approach, to our new Structural Heart Program for Valvular Heart and Aortic Disease, our goal is to continually provide every patient with prompt, safe and effective outstanding cardiovascular care.”

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

About Crozer-Keystone Health System

Established in 1990, Crozer-Keystone Health System is the largest employer and provider of healthcare services in Delaware County. The system comprises five hospitals as well as a network of primary care, specialty practices, outpatient locations and the Healthplex Sports Club. Crozer-Keystone is a longtime leader in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with cardiac disease. Visit www.crozerkeystone.org/Heart or call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) for more information.

About Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 9 million people in 32 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. For nearly 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook at ibx.com/facebook and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is a national federation of 36 independent, 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 Blue Shield Association and its member companies, please visit www.BCBS.com. We encourage you to connect with us on Facebook, check out our videos on YouTube, follow us on Twitter and check out The BCBS Blog for up-to-date information about BCBSA.

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.

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.

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