FirstHealth of the Carolinas weight-loss surgery program, staffed by clinical professionals under contract with Pinehurst Surgical Clinic, has been designated as an Optum Center of Excellence (COE). Optum is a health care services group that operates across 150 countries and offers data-driven support and expertise to health care employers, government organizations, health plans, provider organizations, and pharmacy care services.
To earn the Optum COE distinction, bariatric surgery programs must meet rigorous criteria for annual volume of surgeries, certifications, complications and mortality rate, length of program existence, and experience of surgeons. Optum COEs have 19% lower mortality rate and 24% lower re-operation rate for bariatric procedures compared to non-COE providers. Additionally, COEs help lower total cost of care and support better outcomes.
In addition to the Optum COE designation, Moore Regional’s bariatric program has received a Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery designation by Blue Cross and Blue Shield. It has also been accredited as a comprehensive center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
This was reported by FirstHealth of the Carolinas on September 24, 2021.
Contact information: FirstHealth of the Carolinas, Post Office Box 3000, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374; Website: https://www.firsthealth.org/