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Blue Distinction® Specialty Care

Choosing the Right Care for You and Your Family

Blue Distinction® Centers have demonstrated expertise in delivering clinically proven specialty health care. The goal is to help you find consistent specialty care, while encouraging health care professionals to improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide.

Blue Distinction® Centers are available for the following specialty health care services:

Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery

  • Inpatient care
  • Post-operative care
  • Follow-up and patient education

Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care

  • Inpatient cardiac care
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • Cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery

Blue Distinction Centers for Cellular Immunotherapy

  • Treatments for immune system diseases
  • Chimeric antigen receptor T (CAR-T) cell therapies

Blue Distinction Centers for Gene Therapy

  • Gene therapies for inherited disorders, including ocular disorders
  • Designation coming soon (providers still being determined)

Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement

  • Inpatient knee and hip replacement surgeries and services

Blue Distinction Centers for Maternity Care

  • Childbirth services, including both vaginal and cesarean deliveries

Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery

  • Inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures

Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants

  • Global pricing, financial savings analysis and global claims administration and support services
  • Please refer to the Boeing Centers of Excellence enhanced benefit for more details about the program and its eligibility.

Find a Blue Distinction® Specialty Care Facility

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 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois; and call your provider before making an appointment, tverify the most current information on their Network participation status. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its licensees are responsible for any damages, losses, or non-covered charges that may result from receiving care from a provider designated as a Blue Distinction Center.