What's a Blue Distinction® Center?

Who is this for?

This information can help you learn more about quality hospitals recognized for their expertise in certain procedures.

Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals recognized for their excellence in specialty care. It's part of our Blue Distinction program, which we use to let you know where to get quality care.

We group these hospitals into two designations: Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+.

Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals that provide quality care and treatment expertise. Blue Distinction Centers+ are hospitals that meet our quality and expertise standards as well as our cost-efficiency standards.

How we measure hospital performance

We ask expert doctors and medical organizations to grade hospitals. They consider things like the expertise of medical teams and the number of times the hospital has performed a procedure.

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

  • Bariatric, or weight-loss surgery
  • Cancer care
  • Cardiac care
  • Fertility care
  • Knee and hip replacement
  • Maternity care
  • Spine surgery
  • Transplants

Learn more about how we measure hospital quality.

How to find a Blue Distinction Center

You can find one of our Blue Distinction Centers by using Find a Doctor. When you search for a hospital, you can use the Blue Distinction filter to select the treatment or care you need.

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.