Recognizing Quality Healthcare

Blue Cross Blue Shield companies recognize select doctors and hospitals as Blue Distinction® for the safe, effective care they provide their patients. These doctors and hospitals must meet a specific set of rigorous standards to receive the Blue Distinction designation.

Blue Distinction® Total Care

Focused largely on primary care, Blue Distinction Total Care recognizes doctors and hospitals that focus on the whole patient — emphasizing prevention and wellness, delivering more coordinated care, and helping patients better manage chronic conditions.

Blue Distinction Total Care

Blue Distinction® Specialty Care

Blue Distinction Specialty Care focuses on hospitals and outpatient centers that excel in delivering safe, effective treatment for specialty procedures, such as knee and hip replacements, cardiac care, bariatric (weight loss) surgery and transplants.

Blue Distinction Specialty Care

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area; for details, contact your Local Blue Plan. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Facilities in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two evaluations for cost of care; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost of care evaluation(s) must meet BDC+ national criteria. Blue Distinction Total Care (BDTC) providers met BDTC national criteria. National criteria for BDC, BDC+, and BDTC are displayed on www.bcbs.com. Individual outcomes may vary. For details on a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your Local Blue Plan and ask your provider before making an appointment. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for non-covered charges or other losses or damages resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 36 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.