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Choosing a Specialty Care Doctor

We understand that finding care from carefully screened providers is important. That's why the Blue Distinction® program was created. This program identifies hospitals and medical facilities that have a proven track record for delivering better results, establishing the following criteria:

  • 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 

Find a Blue Distinction Center

Bariatric surgery is excluded from some benefit plans, please check your plan document or connect with your Health Assistant via phone at 1-844-287-3859 to verify benefits.

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


Blue Distinction Center (BDC) designation 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. Call your provider before making an appointment to verify the most current information on its network participation status. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its licensees are responsible for any damages, losses or noncovered charges that may result from receiving care from a provider designated as a Blue Distinction Center.