Blue Distinction Centers® Recognized experience in specialty care

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association’s (BCBSA) Blue Distinction program gives you access to quality-of-care information to help you make educated decisions about the specialty care you receive. The Blue Distinction Center designation identifies facilities that:

  • Have extensive experience in one or more categories of specialty care
  • Meet rigorous quality standards
  • Consistently demonstrate positive care results

What is specialty care?

Specialty care includes:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cardiac care
  • Knee and hip replacement
  • Maternity care
  • Spine surgery
  • Transplants

Blue Distinction Centers+

Blue Distinction is evolving with an ongoing eye toward quality improvement, while being mindful of the increasing focus on cost containment and value-based purchasing. What began as a designation based purely on quality is now being refined to also become a designation awarded to facilities that first meet more stringent quality measures (focused increasingly on patient safety and outcomes), and then also meet new cost measures; therefore, under this program, a facility can qualify for a Blue Distinction Center+ designation (meets both quality and cost criteria) or Blue Distinction Center designation (only meets quality criteria). Blue Distinction Center+ designation is currently available for the specialties listed above.

Find a Blue Distinction Center

Facilities that have attained the Blue Distinction Center designation will be marked in the online Find a Doctor tool.

For a complete listing of the more than 1,800 Blue Distinction Centers for specialty care nationwide1, including those within the Independence Blue Cross provider network, please visit the BCBSA website.

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1 Number of Blue Distinction Centers as of June 2016