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Jefferson Health NJ’s Bariatric Surgery Program Earns Top Designation as Blue Distinction® Center for Bariatric Surgery

January 6, 2021

Jefferson Health – New Jersey has been recognized with a Blue Distinction® Centers for Bariatric Surgery designation as part of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Blue Distinction Specialty Care program. Blue Distinction Centers are nationally designated healthcare facilities that show a commitment to delivering high-quality patient safety and better health outcomes, based on objective measures developed with input from the medical community and leading accreditation/quality organizations.

Jefferson Health – New Jersey - a participating facility in Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey’s network - earned this designation by meeting the rigorous Blue Distinction Center quality selection criteria for bariatric surgery. To receive this designation, a healthcare facility must demonstrate success in meeting patient safety measures, as well as bariatric-specific quality measures, including complication and readmission rate for laparoscopic procedures in sleeve gastrectomy, gastric bypass, and adjustable gastric band. All designated facilities must also be nationally accredited at both the facility and bariatric program-specific levels.

“We have performed nearly 4,500 bariatric weight-loss procedures since our program was established in 2007,” said Jefferson New Jersey Bariatric Program Medical Director Marc Neff, MD, FACS. “We are proud to earn this prestigious designation in recognition of our continual commitment to patient safety and quality.”

Bariatric surgeries are among the most common elective surgeries in the U.S. — with more than 252,000 bariatric surgeries performed in 2018, based on a report from the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).1 Furthermore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 42.7% of U.S. adults and 18.5% of youth are obese and impacted by obesity-related health conditions.2 With obesity reaching epidemic levels among U.S. adults, a significant opportunity exists to improve quality care for bariatric surgeries within the national healthcare system.