UHC Earns Blue Distinction® Center Designation for Quality in Knee and Hip Replacement Surgeries

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia has selected United Hospital Center (UHC) as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

Highmark West Virginia Designated Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement

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 (ASC). All designated facilities must maintain national accreditation and ASCs are also required to have an advanced orthopedic certification.

Knee and hip replacement procedures remain some of the most commonly performed, elective surgical procedures in the U.S., according to a 2018 study released by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. In 2014 there were 370,770 total hip replacements and 680,150 total knee replacements.

UHC is proud to be recognized by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

“This Blue Distinction is an objective source for North Central West Virginians to use when selecting a quality hospital,” said Chris Courtney, DO, UHC Orthopaedics. “Knowing that we are making a difference in the lives of those we care for is what motivates my fellow orthopaedic surgeons and me to provide the level of care you have come to expect from UHC.”

“The Blue Distinction program gives Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia members the ability to choose their providers based upon reliable quality and safety information. It also provides a pathway for exceptional Providers to demonstrate their value, and delivers the kind of transparency necessary for members to make informed value-driven healthcare decisions. We congratulate our Blue Distinction Specialty Care Providers on their accomplishment and thank our members for choosing Highmark BCBS West Virginia”, said Dr. Charles DeShazer, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Highmark Health Plan.

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. Research for many of these programs shows that, compared to other providers, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate higher-quality and improved outcomes for patients.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of designated facilities, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.

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