Blue Distinction Centers of Excellence: A Simpler, Smarter Way to Find Quality Specialty Care
Did you know that as part of the trusted Excellus BCBS brand, you get access to the Blue Distinction Centers? The Blue Distinction Centers deliver world-class care at a lower cost, with over 1,900 medical facilities across the country.
Not all hospitals are the same. One facility may excel in certain specialties and not in others, so a hospital that has a solid overall reputation isn't necessarily the right choice for a specific procedure.
Since inception in 2006, Blue Distinction has recognized facilities that meet objective, evidence-based thresholds for clinical quality, developed in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations.
At the core of Blue Distinction are the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care®, providing Blue members with a credible means of identifying hospitals that meet their individual healthcare needs for select procedures and conditions.
The program currently recognizes facilities as Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® in the areas of:
- Bariatric surgery
- Cardiac care
- Complex and rare cancers
- Knee and Hip Replacement
- Spine Surgery
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Find a center: Blue Distinction Center Finder
Not all Blue Distinction centers are covered by Medicare
If you are a Medicare member you must receive services at a Medicare certified facility. For more information on Medicare certified facilities, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-877-883-9577 (TTY/TDD 1-800-421-1220), 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. From November 15 – March 1, representatives are also available weekends from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.