What's a Blue Distinction® Center?

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If you need surgery or treatment for certain conditions, this tells you about hospitals you can go to that have earned special distinction.

Choosing the right specialty care doctor could be one of the most important decisions of your life. 

That’s why the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association developed the national Blue Distinction recognition program. It can help you find hospitals that specialize in the care you need. Expert doctors and medical organizations measure and evaluate hospital performance. They consider things like the expertise of medical teams and the number of times the hospital has performed a procedure. Hospitals that meet program standards earn one of two designations:

  • Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals that meet the program's quality standards for specialty care.
  • Blue Distinction Centers+ are hospitals that meet the program's quality and cost-efficiency standards for specialty care.

All have proven records for fewer complications and readmissions than hospitals who don’t earn Blue Distinction recognition. So if you need:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cardiac care
  • Treatment for complex and rare cancers
  • Knee or hip replacement
  • Spine surgery
  • A transplant
  • Maternity care

Talk to your doctor about going to a Blue Distinction Center. You can find Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ in Michigan on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association website.

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 and 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.