September 1, 2020
Starting Sept. 1, 2020, the Availity Eligibility and Benefits Inquiry results will include informational Blue Distinction® Center (BDC) messaging for the below specialty care categories when the patient’s policy has a Blue Distinction component. The Availity benefit response will include applicable coverage for the service selected. However, if you need to confirm the specific BDC benefit differential, you will need to call the Customer Service phone number found on the member’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) ID card.
BDCs offer quality care, treatment expertise and better overall patient results. A Blue Distinction® Center+ (BDC+) offers more affordable care in addition to quality, care, cost, treatment expertise and better overall patient results.
Blue Distinction Specialty Care includes the following categories:
- Bariatric (weight-loss) surgery
- Cardiac Care
- Knee and Hip Replacement
- Maternity Care
- Spine Surgery
For More Information
Find facilities recognized for expertise in bariatric surgery, cardiac care, knee and hip replacement, maternity, spine surgery and transplants on the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care page .
Refer to the Availity General Eligibility and Benefits Expanded user guide for navigational assistance. If you need further assistance or customized training, contact our Provider Education Consultants.
This information in this notice is not applicable to Medicare Advantage or Illinois Medicaid members.
A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction® National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction® or other providers.
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The information in this article is being provided for educational purposes only and is not the provision of medical care or advice. Physicians and other health care providers are to their own best medical judgment based upon all available information and the condition of the patient in determining the best course of treatment. The fact that a service or treatment is described in this material is not a guarantee that the service or treatment is a covered benefit and members should refer to their certificate of coverage for more details, including benefits, limitations and exclusions. Regardless of benefits, the final decision about any service or treatment is between the member and their health care provider.