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BlueCompare for Hospitals

BlueCompare for Hospitals provides two pieces of information in Provider Finder® for medical/surgical general acute care hospitals that participate in the BlueChoice® network.

Affordability Scale

The BlueCompare Affordability Scale compares acute care hospitals on medical/surgical costs for inpatient and outpatient services. The average cost of inpatient stays and outpatient services is adjusted so hospitals performing more complex procedures on sicker patients can be reasonably compared to hospitals performing less complex procedures on less sick patients. The costs analyzed include all services provided by the hospital during an inpatient stay, such as labs, X-rays, medications, room and board charges and all services provided in the outpatient setting.

The analysis includes claims and membership for BCBSTX patients. A hospital's BlueCompare Affordability Scale may not reflect its performance for all hospital patients.

All medical/surgical general acute care hospitals are scored and ranked compared to hospital peers in eight geographic regions across the state of Texas.

There are five Affordability Scales that are represented in BlueCompare ranging from "more affordable" to "less affordable".

BlueQ Ribbon

The BlueQ Ribbon is based on our BlueQ Hospital Scorecard that reports hospital performance on The Joint Commission, DNV Healthcare or American Osteopathic Association surveys, Leapfrog, and measures of patient safety and process of care from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), ANCC Pathway to Excellence and Magnet Recognition Program. We also give consideration to Blue Distinction Centers that are recognized for excellence in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, knee and hip replacement, and spine surgery. Inpatient surgical complication rate and inpatient readmission rates are also available as informational measures.

All medical/surgical general acute care hospitals are scored and ranked compared to hospital peers in eight geographic regions across the state of Texas.

Hospitals recognized for exceeding expected performance are identified with a dark blue BlueQ Ribbon. Hospitals recognized for meeting expected performance are identified with a light blue BlueQ Ribbon.

BlueQ reports and BlueCompare results were distributed to all medical/surgical general acute care hospitals in October 2013.

BlueQ Ribbon Opt Out

A medical/surgical general acute care hospital can "opt out" and choose to not display the BlueQ Ribbon in Provider Finder. Opting out is available for the BlueQ Ribbon only. It does not apply to the Affordability Scale. An "Opt out" will be effective for calendar year 2014.


Note: The BlueCompare tool is provided for informational purposes only. BlueCompare information is available to help consumers make more informed health care decisions. Selection of a hospital is a personal choice. Consumers should not make decisions solely on Affordability Scale or BlueQ Ribbon designations displayed in BlueCompare. BlueCompare is based on BCBSTX claims and/or publicly reported information and may not be indicative of the hospital's overall performance.