Heart and Vascular Care

Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care

The selection criteria and Request for Information (RFI) survey development for the 2012 BDC for Cardiac Care program is underway. Invitations to complete the RFI for the 2012 cycle will be sent to facilities during the second quarter of 2012. All currently designated facilities and new facilities seeking designation will be required to complete the RFI. The BDC for Cardiac Care will continue to require the following data registry requirements for the 2012 cycle:

  • Facilities are required to have active participation in the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC), National Cardiovascular Data Registry (NCDR®) CathPCI Registry® and must have reported all adult percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures performed at the facility from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. During the RFI process, facilities will be required to submit the CathPCI Registry 2011Y4 report that includes all four quarters that passed the CathPCI Registry data quality reports checks.
  • Facilities are required to have active participation in the Society of Thoracic Surgeons’ (STS) National Adult Cardiac Surgery Database. The facilities’ cardiac surgeons with surgical privileges must have reported all adult cardiac surgery procedures, specifically coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) performed at the facility from January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. During the RFI process, facilities will be required to submit the STS 2012 Harvest 1 site-specific report that includes the STS composite quality overall star rating (facilities will be asked to submit their own data and not the STS aggregate data).
  • Facilities are required to have ongoing participation in both the ACC and STS registries, in which the facilities continue to submit all data for those specific reporting time periods according to the respective ACC and STS data submission due dates. Refer to the website links provided below for additional information on these registries:

As a reminder, currently all designated BDC for Cardiac Care facilities must re-apply for designation during the 2012 full RFI cycle. This cycle will also be open to those facilities that did not complete a RFI survey during a previous RFI process or for those facilities which did not meet eligibility requirements. Information on the Blue Distinction program and additional updates related to the BDC for Cardiac Care program selection criteria can be found at bcbs.com. Periodically check this site for additional selection criteria for the 2012 RFI cycle.

If you have any questions regarding Blue Distinction contact Denise Mineo, Senior Manager of Network Operations at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida, at denise.mineo@bcbsfl.com or call (813) 886-1663 extension 27264.