This page may have documents that can’t be read by screen reader software. For help with these documents, please call the number on the back of your member ID card.

Blue Distinction®

Blue Distinction recognizes facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with physicians and medical organizations. At the core of Blue Distinction are the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care®, providing you with a credible, easily identifiable means of selecting facilities that meet your individual health care needs.

Each Blue Distinction Center has demonstrated their commitment to quality care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients. In determining the selection criteria, we collaborated with physician experts and medical organizations. Potential Blue Distinction Centers® submit clinical data to establish that they meet the selection criteria, which include:

  • An established program, performing required annual volumes for certain procedures
  • Appropriate experience of its medical specialty team
  • An acute care inpatient facility, including intensive care, emergency and specialty services
  • Full facility accreditation by a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-deemed national accreditation organization
  • A comprehensive quality management program 

Focus on High-Volume, High-Risk and High-Cost Areas of Specialty

You can find more information about Blue Distinction under the Doctors and Hospitals section of your Blue Access for MembersSM account or use our Provider Finder® to search for a Blue Distinction Center near you.

Note: Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities' overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians' and leading professional organizations' recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your policy at any facilities, please call the customer service phone number on the back of your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois member ID card.