Blue Distinction Center+ Designation | Allen Hospital, Waterloo IA

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Allen Hospital Earns Blue Distinction Center+ Designation for Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Spine and Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries

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Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield has selected UnityPoint Health – Allen Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ facility for Spine and Knee and Hip Replacement. 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.   Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet nationally established, objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.

Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery demonstrate expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions compared to other hospitals. Designated hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. Hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement demonstrate expertise in total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, resulting in fewer patient complications and hospital readmissions.

In addition to meeting these quality thresholds, facilities designated as Blue Distinction Centers+ are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared to other hospitals.

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