Cape Cod Hospital Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Spine Surgery - Cape Cod Healthcare

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Published on January 22, 2020

Cape Cod Hospital Earns Blue Distinction® Center+ Designation for Spine Surgery

Blue Cross Blue Shiled Blue Distinction Award for Spinal Surgery

Blue Distinction® Award

(HYANNIS, MA – January 22, 2020) – Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Massachusetts has awarded Cape Cod Hospital with a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery, as part of the BCBS Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers® are nationally designated healthcare 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.

“The Blue Distinction Center program is one way Blue Cross Blue Shield Association plans across the country recognize health care facilities that share our commitment to quality and affordability,” said Bruce Nash, MD, Chief Physician Officer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. “By meeting quality, safety and outcomes measures developed collaboratively by the health care community, organizations that earn this designation in general provide better care, better results and a better patient experience for our members.”

Spinal surgeries are among the most common and expensive elective surgeries in the U.S., according to the government based Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), which creates a significant opportunity to improve quality and value. For example, there were more than 463,000 spinal fusion operations in the U.S. in 2014, and hospital costs for a fusion procedure average $28,9001, according to AHRQ.

Facilities 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 readmissions compared to other facilities. Designated facilities include hospitals (with and without an onsite Intensive Care Unit) and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASC). All designated facilities must maintain national accreditation. 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 facilities.

“Care quality, safety and patient access are at the forefront of all we do at Cape Cod Healthcare. We appreciate the recognition of our commitment to providing the highest quality specialty care services to our patients on Cape Cod,” said Michael Lauf, Cape Cod Healthcare president and CEO.

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 better quality and improved outcomes for patients.

For more information about the program and for a complete listing of designated facilities, visit