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Blue Distinction Center FinderSM

The Blue Distinction Center Finder is an easy-to-use tool to help you find hospitals that provide high-quality specialty care where and when you need it most.

Hospitals may all look the same, but the fact is there are often differences in the quality of care patients receive depending on the facility they choose. That’s why Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have identified
Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ for our members. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care and Blue Distinction Centers+ are hospitals recognized for their expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

Blue Distinction Centers are available for:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cardiac Care
  • Complex and Rare Cancers
  • Knee and Hip Replacement
  • Spine Surgery
  • Transplants

Blue Distinction Centers+ are expanding into additional specialty areas, and are currently available for:

  • Cardiac Care
  • Knee and Hip Replacement
  • Spine Surgery

Blue Distinction Centers/Centers+ can help you and your doctor have an informed discussion about how to find the right hospital for the specific procedure you need. If you and/or your doctor would like to learn more about this program or the selection criteria used to evaluate hospitals for designation, visit or contact your local Blue Company.

In order to complete your search, please complete the steps indicated below.

STEP 1: Choose Type

STEP 2: Choose a Specialty

Please choose a Specialty.

STEP 3: Choose a State

Choose one or more states below:
Please choose a State.

Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. To find out which services and providers (including hospital based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital’s Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.