McLaren Flint designated as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery

As the regions' first truly comprehensive Spine Center, our program features a multidisciplinary approach in the treatment of back and neck pain. McLaren Flint has been designated as a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Blue Distinction Center+ for spine surgery. The Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care's program is a national designation awarded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality specialty care and in 2013 was expanded to include more robust quality measures focused on improved patient health and safety as well as new cost-efficiency measures. The selection criteria used to evaluate facilities were developed with input from the medical community and include general quality and safety metrics and program specific metrics.  Research confirms that Blue Distinction Centers+ demonstrate better quality and improved outcomes for patients, with lower rates of complications and readmissions than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers+ are also 20 percent more cost-efficient.

The McLaren Spine Program combines the expertise of specialists in the following specialties:

  • Neurosurgery
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Physical medicine
  • Physical therapy
  • Clinical health psychology
  • Pain management
  • Interventional radiology
  • Certified case management

These experts work together in a coordinated system to identify and treat conditions of the back and neck, ranging from the most common to the most complex.  Whether a patient's treatment is medical or surgical, the team of specialists at the McLaren Spine Program are dedicated to applying leading edge technology, the latest techniques and the most effective therapies to help patients feel, move and live better.