Awards & Recognitions
Designated Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement
Highmark BCBS has selected Indiana Regional Medical Center as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, 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 by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input from the medical community.
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.
Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality—Disease Specific Certification for Hip and Knee Surgery
IRMC was awarded a disease-specific certification in Joint Replacement Surgery from the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) in July 2017 for a 36-month period. The certification in hip and knee replacement surgery indicates that IRMC successfully met high standards of quality, expertise and service.
Disease-specific certification is designed to recognize the provision of evidence-based practice to targeted patient populations. The standards for disease-specific certification for hip and knee replacement surgery are based upon recommendations by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health.
IRMC met standards in the following areas:
- Leadership of the Hip & Knee Replacement Program.
- Identification of eligible patients for hip or knee replacement.
- Pre-operative preparation of the patient receiving a hip or knee replacement.
- Qualifications of practitioners performing hip and knee replacement surgery.
- Qualifications and training of operating room staff.
- Post-operative clinical management of patients receiving a hip or knee replacement.
- Availability of specialized assessments and services.
- Post-discharge rehabilitation services.
- Medical device failures/recall of implant procedures.
- Quality assessment and performance improvement.
The American Joint Replacement Registry
The American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) provides data and research to improve patient safety, quality of care, and medical decision-making. AJRR seeks to reduce medical spending while advancing orthopedic science and bioengineering.