Blue Distinction Centers®


Blue Distinction® can improve the quality of care consumers receive by recognizing medical facilities that deliver better specialty care. Its focus is on high-volume, high-risk and/or high-cost areas of care, including:

Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery®

These centers provide a full range of bariatric surgical care services, including inpatient care, post-operative care, follow-up and patient education.

Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care®

These centers provide a full range of cardiac care services, including inpatient cardiac care, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiac catheterization and cardiac surgery.

Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants®

The transplant programs offered at these centers provide services, such as global pricing, financial savings analysis and global claims administration and support services. (This is written for an account, not a consumer)

Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers®

These centers provide inpatient cancer care programs for adults, including those treating complex and rare subtypes of cancer, delivered by multidisciplinary teams with subspecialty training and distinguished clinical expertise, focus on treatment planning and complex, major surgical treatments.

Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement®

These centers provide inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee and total hip replacement surgeries.

Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery®

These centers provide inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures.

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 your local Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify 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 using this website or receiving care from a provider listed in this website.