Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has selected Lake Huron Medical Center
(LHMC) as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement, part
of the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers
are nationally designated healthcare facilities shown to deliver improved
patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures
that were developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies with input
from the medical community.
Knee and hip replacement procedures are among the fastest growing medical
treatments in the U.S., according to studies published in the June 2014
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery1 and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2. In 2010, the estimated cost of hip replacements averaged $17,500 and
the estimated cost of knee replacements averaged $16,000, according to the
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)3.
Hospitals 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 hospital readmissions. Designated
hospitals must also maintain national accreditation. In addition to meeting
these quality thresholds, hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers+
are on average 20 percent more cost-efficient in an episode of care compared
to other hospitals.
Quality is key: only those facilities that first meet nationally established,
objective quality measures will be considered for designation as a Blue
Lake Huron Medical Center is proud to be recognized by Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Michigan for meeting the robust selection criteria for knee
and hip replacements set by the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.
"At Lake Huron Medical Center, our orthopedic surgeons and staff work
diligently to provide the highest quality in hip and knee replacement
procedures, patient safety, cost effectiveness and patient outcomes,"
said Jay de los Reyes, Chief Executive Officer, Lake Huron Medical Center.
"Hip and knee replacements are becoming more common as the population
ages and we are here to provide patients the services and support they
need to regain their quality of life."
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, maternity care, spine surgery, and transplants, while encouraging
healthcare professionals to improve the care they deliver.
"The Blue Distinction Center+ designation lets our members know where
they can go in Michigan to receive high-quality, cost-effective care that
meets robust clinical standards," says Amy McKenzie, MD, MBA, medical
director at Blue Cross. "Congratulations to all of the hospitals
earning this designation for knee and hip replacement."
For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the
designated facilities, please visit
1 J Bone Joint Surg Am, The Role of Overweight and Obesity in Relation
to the More Rapid Growth of Total Knee Arthroplasty Volume Compared with
Total Hip Arthroplasty Volume, 2014 Jun 04; 96 (11): 922 -928. http://dx.doi.org/10.2106/JBJS.L.01731
2 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Incidents of Common
Musculoskeletal Procedures and Treatment, 2014 March; http://www.aaos.org/research/stats/CommonProceduresTreatments-March2014.pdf
3HCUP Projections: Mobility/Orthopedic Procedures 2013 to 2012. HCUP Projections
Report #2012-03. ONLINE September 20, 2012, U.S. Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality. Available: