BWFH earns Blue Distinction Center designation for knee and hip replacement surgeries

Blue Distinction Center designation for knee and hip replacement surgeries

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital has been recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as a Blue Distinction® Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures that were developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation and quality organizations.

Facilities 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 readmissions. Designated facilities include hospitals (with and without an onsite Intensive Care Unit) and ambulatory surgery centers. All designated facilities must maintain national accreditation and ambulatory surgery centers are also required to have an advanced orthopaedic certification.

BWFH is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“At BWFH, we provide safe and efficient joint replacement services. The Blue Distinction Center designation truly speaks to the expertise of our surgeons, nurses and other health care professionals at Brigham and Women’s Orthopaedic Center at BWFH,” says Vivek Shah, MD, Director of Outpatient Arthroplasty.

The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality care in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care, cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery, substance use treatment and recovery and transplants. Research for many of these programs shows that, compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate high-quality and improved outcomes for patients.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of designated facilities, click here.

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