San Jose, CA – O’Connor Hospital was recently recognized by Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) as a Blue Distinction Center+ for its knee replacement and hip replacement program. In the Bay Area, only Valleycare Medical Center in Pleasanton and Queen of the Valley in Napa received this “plus” distinction.
The designation signifies that O’Connor met nationally established quality care and outcomes criteria developed with input from the medical community, and also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare.
“This recent recognition again underscores the quality care that sets O’Connor apart,” said James Dover, FACHE, O’Connor Hospital President & CEO. “We continue our commitment to follow best practices with all our services to provide the highest quality, cost-effective and safest patient care.”
The recognition by BCBSA is the higher of two distinctions by the insurance company. Blue Distinction Centers meet quality-focused criteria that emphasize patient safety and outcomes. Blue Distinction Centers+ meet the same criteria, as well as cost-of-care measures. BCBSA includes the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that collectively provide healthcare coverage for 100 million members or one in three Americans.
Quality is key, and only those facilities that first meet Blue Distinction’s nationally established, objective quality measure are considered for designation as Blue Distinction Centers+. Since 2008, the program has identified hospitals delivering quality care in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants.
“The program provides consumers with tools to assist them in making better informed health care decisions based upon quality, efficiency and the patient experience,” Dover added.
O’Connor Hospital is a Joint Commission Center of Excellence in hip replacement and knee replacement. In 2012, US News & World Report ranked 12 local hospitals in the San Jose area, and O’Connor Hospital was ranked among the top three, with high performance in Orthopedics. Recently, O’Connor Hospital also received an “A” rating for hospital safety by the Leapfrog Group.