Bariatric Surgery Program Again Recognized as Blue Distinction Center+
Monday, January 29, 2018
The Bariatric Surgery Program at UI Health has again received a highly coveted service designation that recognizes its commitment to nationally established cost-of-care criteria.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois recognized the program as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery. UI Health received the designation both for Gastric Stapling and Gastric Banding. The program was first named a Blue Distinction Center+ in 2016.
Blue Distinction Centers are part of a national program that recognizes facilities that demonstrate expertise in safely and effectively delivering quality specialty care. The BDC+ designation also emphasizes a center's focus on cost-of-care measures.
"We are thrilled to receive the BDC+ for Bariatric Surgery designations from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois," says Dr. Chandra Hassan, director of Bariatric Surgery at UI Health. "This designation establishes UI Health as a leader in bariatric services while informing potential bariatric patients that UI Health provides the best possible care in a consistent, equitable manner."
To achieve the BDC+ designation, a health system is evaluated on several criteria, including:
- National accreditation
- Bariatric program accreditation
- Service volume
- Reoperation, complication, and readmission rates
- Cost of care
Visit the Bariatric Surgery Program to learn more.