Blue Distinction

Ocean Springs Hospital is the only Blue Distinction® Center of Excellence in Knee & Hip Replacement, Cardiac Care and Spine Surgery. Singing River Hospital is a Blue Distinction® Center of Excellence in Knee & Hip Replacement and Cardiac Care.

Quality healthcare with healthier outcomes is the goal of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s designation for Knee and Hip Replacement and Spine Surgery. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi and its Network Providers are working on quality and performance measures for the diagnosis, treatment and management of cardiovascular disease from initial preventive risk assessment to surgical management. This includes the delivery of cardiac care hospital specialty procedures such as cardiovascular stent placement, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and valve replacement.

The Blue Distinction+ Centers of Excellence program recognizes Network Hospitals and their Network Physicians that demonstrate high levels of performance in delivering quality specialty care safely, efficiently and in a cost-effective manner. Centers of Excellence must first be designated as Blue Distinction Centers by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, based on national criteria around quality, costs and total value, and then meet additional criteria as defined by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.

Eligible Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi members can save money – a 10% discount – by choosing a Blue Distinction® Center of Excellence like Singing River Health System for certain elective cardiac care and orthopedic specialty services. Blue Distinction® Centers of Excellence have proven track records for delivering better results with fewer complications and readmissions than facilities without this designation. Cardiac care specialty services include elective cardiovascular stent placement, coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and valve replacement surgery. *Does not currently apply to Federal Employee Program, State Health Plan Members, certain Self-Funded and certain BlueCard members.