Blue Distinction Center Logo for Knee and Hip ReplacementGloucester, Va. – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has again selected Riverside Walter Reed Hospital as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, part of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. 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.*.

“We are proud to once again be recognized by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program,” said Esther Muscari Desimini, President, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. “The dedicated orthopedic surgeons and medical team members on the Riverside Walter Reed campus have developed a well-earned reputation for delivering high-quality patient care, safety and excellence in surgical outcomes.”

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.

Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg and Riverside Tappahannock Hospital were also selected as Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement.

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

* American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Changing Demographics in Primary and Revision Total Joint Arthroplasty, 2000-2014 Matthew Sloan, Neil P Sheth, March 06, 2018.

About Riverside Health System

Riverside Health System is an integrated network touching 2 million lives annually. Serving Coastal Virginia since 1915, Riverside is guided by a mission to "care for others as we would care for those we love." The health system offers a variety of services and programs in the areas of prevention, primary care, diagnostics, neurosciences, oncology, orthopedics, aging-related services, rehabilitation, medical education, home care and hospice. Riverside operates five acute care hospitals and a behavioral health hospital, in addition to a physical rehabilitation hospital in partnership with Select Medical. Riverside Medical Group has more than 600 providers across a broad spectrum of specialties in over 100 practices. Riverside Lifelong Health operates nine nursing home facilities and three vibrant continuing care retirement communities. In addition to these health care services, Riverside operates the College of Health Careers and three medical residency programs. The company employs more than 9,500 team members and operates in an 8,000-square-mile service area throughout Eastern Virginia. For more information on Riverside, visit riversideonline.com.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

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About Blue Distinction Centers

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities 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 health care. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities 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 criteria. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on 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 Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

Published: January 24, 2020