What is the Blue Distinction® program?

Who is this for?

This information can help if you need to find quality primary care doctors and specialty care.

Blue Distinction is a program offered by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association that recognizes the highest quality hospitals and doctors.

Quality primary care doctors

Doctors who go above and beyond are recognized as part of Blue Distinction Total Care. These doctors focus on patient health and the quality of their practice. They also spend more time on prevention, wellness and personalized care.

Quality specialty care hospitals

Hospitals that meet quality standards for specialty care are called Blue Distinction Centers. Those that meet both quality standards and cost-efficiency standards are called Blue Distinction Centers+.

We recognize these hospitals as safe, effective treatment centers for the following:

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

Finding a Blue Distinction doctor or hospital

You can find one by using Find a Doctor.

When you search for a doctor or hospital, you can use the filter to show only Blue Distinction doctors or hospitals. Or, you can simply look for the Blue Distinction logos within each result.

Blue Distinction Centers meet standards for experience and performance established by medical professionals and organizations. To find out what specialty care your plan covers, call the Customer Service number on the back of your ID card. Before you make an appointment, ask the Center if they’re in your plan’s network. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and its licensees—including Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and its subsidiaries—aren’t responsible for damages, losses and charges your plan doesn’t cover when you use the Association’s website or get care from a provider listed there.