Quality Programs

Blue Distinction Centers

This national designation is awarded to hospitals and medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering high quality care and patient results.

 

Bariatric

  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Stapling

 

Knee and Hip Replacement

  • Bryan Health East, Lincoln
  • Columbus Community Hospital, Columbus
  • Faith Regional Health Services, Norfolk
  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
  • Phelps Memorial Health Center, Holdrege

 

Spine

  • Bryan Health West, Lincoln
  • Kearney Regional Medical Center
  • Regional West Medical Center, Scottsbluff

 

Maternity

  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha
  • Regional West Medical Center

 

Transplants

  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Adult and pediatric bone marrow, Adult heart, Adult pancreas, Adult and pediatric liver

 

Complex and Rare Cancers

  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

 

Blue Distinction Centers +

This national designation is awarded to hospitals and medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

 

Bariatric

  • CHI Health Immanuel Medical Center, Omaha, Banding and Stapling
  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Banding

 

Cardiac

  • Bryan Health East, Lincoln
  • Nebraska Methodist Hospital Omaha
  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

 

Knee and Hip Replacement

  • Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha

 

Spine

  • Nebraska Methodist Hospital, Omaha
  • The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

 

Maternity

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

 

HEALTH INSURANCE TERMS


COINSURANCE

The percentage of the bill you pay after your deductible has been met.

COPAY

A fixed amount you pay when you get a covered health service.

Tiered benefit plan

A health care plan featuring multiple levels of benefits based on the network status of a particular provider. 

DEDUCTIBLE

The annual amount you pay for covered health services before your insurance begins to pay.

emergency care services

Any covered services received in a hospital emergency room setting.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE DISORDER SERVICES

Includes behavioral health treatment, counseling, and psychotherapy


in-network provider

A provider contracted by your insurance company to accept an agreed upon payment for covered services. 

OUT-OF-network provider

A term for providers that aren’t contracting with your insurance company. (Your out-of-pocket costs will tend to be more expensive if you go to an out-of-network provider.)

out-of-pocket

Your expenses for medical care that aren’t reimbursed by insurance, including deductibles, coinsurance and co-payments.

penalty

If you can afford health insurance, but choose not to buy it, you must have a health coverage exemption or pay a tax penalty on your federal income tax return.

premium

The amount you pay to your health insurance company each month. 


Preventive services

Health care services that focus on the prevention of disease and health maintenance.

rehab SERVICES

Services and devices to help you recover if you are injured or have surgery. This includes physical, occupational and speech therapy.

special enrollment period

The time after the Open Enrollment Period when you can still purchase health insurance only if you have a qualifying life event (losing other health coverage, having a baby, getting married, moving).

specialist

A physician who has a majority of his or her practice in fields other than internal or general medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics or family practice.