MMC Recognized for Higher Quality and Cost-Efficiency in Maternity Care
Meadville Medical Center
Meadville, PA - Meadville Medical Center (MMC) is proud to be recognized
by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) with a Blue Distinction®
Centers+ (BDC+) for Maternity Care designation, as part of the 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.
Racial and ethnic disparities are persistent and widespread across maternal
healthcare, primarily driven by socioeconomic status, geographic location,
and implicit provider bias. Compared to similarly developed countries
such as Canada, Germany and Australia, the United States has the highest
maternal mortality rate (MMR), at approximately 17.4 deaths per 100,000
live births, with the MMR steadily increasing since 2000. According to
the CDC, non-Hispanic Black women are two to three times more likely to
die from preventable or treatable pregnancy-related complications compared
to white women.
To help address these gaps in care and to help ensure the better health
of mothers, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association enhanced its quality
evaluation for the Maternity Care program to address key factors driving
the United States' maternal health crisis, such as preventable or
treatable pregnancy-related conditions, high utilitzation of Caesarean
sections, and racial and ethnic disparities in maternal healthcare.
Overall, cost of care episodes for vaginal and cesarean births at BDC+
facilities are 20% less than those at non-Blue Distinction Centers+ facilities.
The rates of espisiotomies were 49% less those at Blue Distinction Center
(BDC and BDC+) than at those at non-Blue Distinction Centers (BDC and
BDC+). In 2018, BDC/BDC+ facilities across the country cared for more
than 40% of Blue Cross and Blue Shield commercially insured women giving birth.
MMC is proud to be recognized by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield for meeting
the rigorous Blue Distinction Centers+ quality selection criteria for
maternity care set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
"We will continue to provide exceptional and compassionate maternity
care to fulfill the needs and preferences of our expectant mothers,"
noted Denise Johnson, Chief Medical Officer. "Our dedicated physicians
and staff work diligently every day to place every patient and family
first. We are deeply committed to ensuring the best care for our community."
In 2020, the Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care Program was expanded
beyond traditional outcome measures to include assessments of internal
quality improvement, data collection and dissemination and internal protocols
that better address clinical quality and equity issues in maternity care.
New in the evaluation cycle, facilities must collect race ethnicity data,
have a maternal quality improvement program, commence drills and simulations
for adverse events, and have dedicated protocols and procedures for the
management of hypertension and hemorrhage. In addition, they must meet
clinical outcome metrics at a higher standard than required previously.
Specifically, the rate for low risk first time cesarean sections (NTSV
c-section rate, PC--02) has been aligned with the revised Healthy People
2020 goals. Facilities eligible for the Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity
care show statistically significant differences in key clinical outcomes
compared to their peers.
Quality is key: only those health care facilities that first meet Blue
Distinction's nationally-established, objective quality measures will
be considered for designation as a Blue Distinction Center+.
"The Blue Distinction program gives Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
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", said Dr. Charles
DeShazer, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Highmark Health Plan.
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients
find qualty specialty are in the areas of bariatric surgery, cancer care,
cardiac care, cellular immunotherapy, fertility care, gene therapy, knee
and hip replacement, maternity care, spine surgery, substance use treatment
and recovery and transplants, while encouraging healthcare professionals
to improve the care they deliver. Research 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 the
designated providers, visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
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approximately 2.6 million members through the company's health care
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leader in commercial market share, and through its affiliated Blue companies
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& Medicaid Services quality rating of 4.5 out of 5.0 stars. In western
Pennsylvania, its unaided brand awareness, brand preference and overall
brand rating are significantly higher than its closest competitor. Highmark
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About Blue Distinction Centers
Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed
with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require addtional
criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact
your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures
that address consumers' need for affordable healthcare. Each providers'
cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers
in CA, ID, NY, PA and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans' areas, resulting
in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide
whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national
critera. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on www.bcbs.com.
Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider's in-network
status or your own policy's coverage, contact your Local Blue Paln
and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross
and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for noncovered
charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or
other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction
or other providers.