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Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine at CMMC has designated a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery

Citing clinical expertise and quality of care, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine (Anthem) has designated the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine (OICM) at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC) as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement Surgery.

"This recognition is a tribute to the partnership developed between Central Maine Orthopaedics and CMMC to form the Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine," said CMMC Laird P. Covey. "The team approach allows us to provide the best in orthopaedic care at each step in the process."

Blue Distinction Centers demonstrate an expertise and reliability in quality special care on a consistent basis, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. This designation is based on rigorous, evidence-based selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physician and medical organization recommendations.

"We are extremely proud of this achievement," said Richard M. Goldstein, M.D., president of the Central Maine Medical Group. "It all starts with our patient and family centered focus of care and continually working to solicit feedback from our patients and working to meet their expectations and create a more satisfying experience."

Dr. Goldstein added that CMMC is deeply committed to providing the most innovative and highly advanced treatments, in keeping with best practice models and the latest technologies, while standardizing our approach to care.

"This recognition is a true testament to the care provided at CMMC," said Jeffrey Holmstrom, D.O., Anthem's medical director. "We are always working in partnership with all Maine hospitals and physicians to help improve the quality of care delivered to our members. We're pleased to share this designation with our members so that those whose benefits plans include coverage for these services have the information they need to make important health care decisions for themselves or their family members."

To be designated as a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement, CMMC was evaluated on specific criteria and ultimately was awarded the distinction. The criteria are as follows:

  • Established acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency care, and a full range of patient support services with full accreditation by a CMS-deemed national accreditation organization.

  • Experience and training of program surgeons, including case volume.

  • Quality management programs, including surgical checklists as well as tracking and evaluation of clinical outcomes and process of care.

  • Multi-disciplinary clinical pathways and teams to coordinate and streamline care, including transitions of care. Shared decision making and preoperative patient education. Additional information about the selection criteria is available at www.bcbs.com.

"Blue Distinction puts a high value on research and evidence-based health and medical information," said Daniel Corcoran, President and General Manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine. "This collaboration with CMMC shows our commitment to working with doctors and hospitals in communities across the country toward meeting clinically validated quality standards and delivering better overall outcomes in patient care."

For more information about programs and services at Central Maine Medical Center, please visit www.cmmc.org

About Central Maine Medical Center

Central Maine Medical Center (cmmc.org) is a regional healthcare referral center serving some 400,000 residents of central, western, and mid-coast Maine. CMMC supports one of the state's three designated trauma centers and is the southern base for LifeFlight of Maine, a statewide medical helicopter service. CMMC's specialty services include the Central Maine Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Neonatal Intermediate Care Unit for sick and premature infants, and an inpatient rehabilitation unit. The Orthopaedic Institute of Central Maine and the Central Maine Sleep Center are recently introduced services now assisting patients from special facilities. In 2011 CMMC opened an expanded Emergency Department facility that provides an environment supporting an enhanced patient experience.

About Central Maine Orthopaedics

The team at Central Maine Orthopaedics goes to work each day with one goal in mind, to offer the best in orthopaedic care. We give our whole-hearted commitment to serving the people of Central Maine. We are not isolated practitioners. We are out and about, working to learn exactly what our communities need -- and then providing those services in a timely, compassionate way. To find out more about CMO, visit www.cmogroup.org
About Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is the trade name of Anthem Health Plans of Maine, Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. ®ANTHEM is a registered trademark of Anthem Insurance Companies, Inc. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Maine is available at www.anthem.com. Also, follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/healthjoinin, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HealthJoinIn, or visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/healthjoinin

About Blue Distinction Centers

Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield Plan.