Blue Cross and Blue Shield recognizes Nebraska hospitals for delivering quality, affordable maternity care

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska is proud to announce the first hospitals in Nebraska to receive the Blue Distinction® Center and Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care designations under the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. 

  • Nebraska Medicine - Bellevue 
  • Bryan Health East, Lincoln 
  • Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus 
  • Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk 
  • Mary Lanning, Hastings 
  • Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha 
  • Nebraska Medicine - Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha 

This designation signifies to the community that these facilities provide outstanding maternity care based on nationally recognized criteria for quality,” Deb Esser, MD, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska Quality Medical Director, said.  “This new program will help our members select a maternity care facility during their pregnancy and following their delivery.”  

Blue Distinction Center and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Maternity Care are hospitals delivering quality specialty care safely and effectively based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community.  They have agreed to meet requirements that align with principles that support evidence-based practices of care including several quality measures:
  • percentage of newborns that fall into the category of early elective delivery
  • initiating programs to promote successful breastfeeding,
  • overall patient satisfaction, including a willingness to recommend the hospital to others

Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas of bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, spine surgery and transplants.

Research shows that compared to other facilities, those designated as Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients. On average, Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient than non-Blue Distinction Center+ designated health care facilities.




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