Blue Cross and Blue Shield recognizes hospital quality.
Now, more than ever, a dedication to excellence isn’t just necessary for hospitals to demonstrate stellar patient satisfaction scores; it is a key to survival.
New federal regulations base hospital’s Medicare revenue on certain criteria that demonstrate a hospital’s dedication to excellence in several areas, including patient safety, performance outcomes, and patient education. One percent of Medicare revenues may be in jeopardy if these standards are not meet, and by 2015, this number increases to 3 percent. In addition, insurance companies are closely looking at the track records of area hospitals, and quality is an intrinsic factor in deciding contract-renewal discussions, according to information from Business North Carolina Magazine.
In the latest edition of Business North Carolina, the magazine examined hospitals throughout the state who have received superior scores in several important areas. Nash General Hospital was specifically mentioned for recognition of its excellence in bariatric surgery and knee and hip replacements by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. This recognition was the result of data analyzed from various sources and collaboration with professional organizations and physicians.
But this recognition should come as no surprise to the dedicated health care workers who are constantly pursuing excellence and the patient testimonials that shower them with praise.
The Nash Surgical Weight Loss Center has been named an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The ASMBS is the largest society for this specialty in the world and represents the highest industry standards for care and treatment. The center was also named a Blue Distinction Center for bariatric surgery by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
“We are proud of these accomplishments, and we are grateful for the commitment of our dedicated employees who made this possible,” said Larry Chewning, president and CEO of Nash Health Care. “This is just one facet of a variety of initiatives we are taking—from the Pursuit of Excellence to Lean Health Care—that will help prepare us for these upcoming changes in Medicare.”