Dupont Hospital Designated Blue Distinction® Center+ for quality, cost-effective maternity care
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Thursday, April 14, 2016) – In an effort to help prospective parents find hospitals that deliver quality maternity care, Dupont Hospital has been designated by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana as one of the first hospitals to receive the Blue Distinction® Center+ for Maternity Care designation, a new designation under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. According to Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Blue Distinction Centers+ also meet cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare.
Nearly 4 million babies are born in the U.S. annually, making childbirth the most common reason for hospitalization. The Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care program evaluates hospitals on several quality measures, including the percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery, an ongoing concern in the medical community. Compared with babies born 39 weeks or later, early term infants face higher risks of infant death and respiratory ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, pneumonia, and respiratory failure, among other conditions. These babies also have a higher rate of admission to neonatal intensive care units.
To obtain a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care designation, Dupont has met requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care, as well as having initiated programs to promote successful breastfeeding, as described in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative by Baby-Friendly USA or the Mother-Friendly Hospital program by the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services through its “Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care.” The program also evaluates hospitals on overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others.
“This is yet another example of the ‘Dupont Difference,’” said Angie Logan, CNO, Dupont Hospital. “The Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designation reinforces our commitment to providing the best experience possible for families who choose us for maternity care. Blue Distinction serves as another benchmark for quality care.”
“As a Blue Distinction Center, Anthem is recognizing Dupont Hospital for its efforts to improve the quality of care for healthcare consumers,” said Robert W. Hillman, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Indiana. ”High-quality care is not only cost effective, it results in better health outcomes.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies across the nation have recognized more than 280 hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care. Hospitals recognized for these designations were assessed using a combination of publicly available quality information and cost measures derived from BCBS companies’ medical claims.
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, spine surgery and transplants. Research shows that, compared to other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients.
For more information about the program, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
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 health care. 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 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.