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NSH Named as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Spine Surgery

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska has named Nebraska Spine Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center+ in Spine Surgery. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® program awards medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care.

The Blue Distinction Centers+ is the highest Blue Distinction recognition. Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and re-admissions than their peers and are more than 20 percent more cost efficient.

Troy Stockman, CEO of the Nebraska Spine Hospital said, “It is a great source of pride to be recognized for not only our outstanding quality and outcomes, but also the value we bring to our patients. In the two years since opening we have consistently achieved 98% patient overall satisfaction ratings and been a leader in patient safety and infection control measures, all while providing some of the most complex spine care in the nation. To be recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ further supports that the Nebraska Spine Hospital is truly something special. Not only do we offer the best in complex spine care but we also provide remarkable value.”

Since 2006, consumers, medical providers, and employers have relied on the Blue Distinction program to identify hospitals delivering high-quality specialty care. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community, and include general quality and safety metrics plus program specific metrics. Nebraska Spine Hospital is proud to have met the rigorous selection criteria set by the Blue Distinction Centers+ for specialty care program.

The program provides consumers with tools to help them make better informed health care decisions. These results will also enable employers, working with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, to tailor benefits to meet their individual quality objectives.

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