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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 members like 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:
Blue Distinction focuses on high-volume, high-risk and high-cost areas of specialty care, including:
You can find more information about Blue Distinction under the Doctors and Hospitals section of your Blue Access® for Members account or use our Provider Finder® to search for a Blue Distinction Center near you.
* Approximate number of designated facilities by the end of Q1 2010
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 Accolade customer service phone number on the back of your Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois member ID card.