University was recently named a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. (BCBSA). BCBSA has developed a nation-wide program, collaborating with doctors and hospitals, to improve the quality and affordability of specialty care.
There is great variation among provides in terms of how specialty cardiac patients are evaluated and treated. The Blue Centers for Cardiac Care have identified institutions within the participating Plans' service areas that meet stringent quality criteria -- as established by expert physician panels and national organizations -- that demonstrate better outcomes, consistent care and provide greater value for Blue members.
Institutions that are part of the program are subject to periodic reevaluation as criteria continue to evolve. This program is intended to bring greater transparency to health care practices in hopes of helping consumers make more informed health care decisions.