CHI Health St. Francis has been selected as a Blue Distinction Center for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery as part of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. The distinction is awarded to St. Francis’ Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center for expertly and efficiently delivering quality, coordinated, multidisciplinary, evidence-based, patient-centered care for substance use disorders, including opioid abuse.
Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated health care facilities shown to deliver improved patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed by Blue Cross and Blue Shield with input from the medical community.
For more information about the program and for a complete listing of the designated facilities, please visit www.bcbs.com/bluedistinction.
About Blue Distinction Specialty Care program
Since 2006, the Blue Distinction Specialty Care program has helped patients find quality providers for their specialty care needs in the areas including bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacements, maternity care, spine surgery and transplants, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the care they deliver.
About Blue Distinction Centers for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery
Blue Cross Blue Shield Substance Use Treatment and Recovery Selection Criteria (PDF)
The BDC for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery program aims to improve patient outcomes and value by addressing the fragmented delivery of substance use disorder treatment. This program will be offered to facilities delivering substance use treatment programs in one or more of the following settings: residential, inpatient, intensive outpatient, or partial hospitalization services. All providers must offer programs for opioid use disorder treatment within the broader substance use disorder diagnosis. Additionally, when an opioid use disorder is treated, at minimum, medication-assisted treatment (MAT) must be available to all patients admitted to the treatment program.
Designation as a BDC for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery differentiates providers locally, as well as nationally. This highly respected designation acknowledges the expertise providers have demonstrated and their commitment to improving quality and affordability. Designations are awarded based on quality and value criteria that supports delivery of timely, coordinated, multidisciplinary, evidence-based care with a focus on quality improvement and patient-centered care. To be considered for the BDC for Substance Use Treatment and Recovery designation, applicant providers must meet all of the following: Quality and Value Criteria, Business Criteria; and Local Blue Plan Criteria (if applicable).