The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an association of 35 independent, locally operated Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield companies.

Looking for a quality care for specific procedures? The Blue Distinction Specialty Care program recognizes healthcare providers for their quality care and patient results.

Blue Distinction Centers are healthcare facilities and providers recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care.
Blue Distinction Centers+ are healthcare facilities and providers recognized for their expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

To find providers designated as Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+, please note:

  • Physicians are designated under the Blue Distinction Centers for Fertility Care program, only. (Access them via Physicians Search).
  • Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are designated under all other Blue Distinction Center programs (Bariatric Surgery, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Cellular Immunotherapy, Gene Therapy, Knee and Hip Replacement, Maternity Care, Spine Surgery, and Transplants). (Access them via Facilities Search).

*Blue Distinction Center designation only

**Blue Distinction designations (BDC and BDC+) are given to facilities; but are given to physicians under the Blue Distinction Centers for Fertility Care program, only. See note on Facilities Search homepage. For your convenience, facility designations may show names of affiliated physicians who participate in PPO products. Likewise, physician designations may show names of facilities (or other provider entities) with which those physicians are affiliated. For more information on these facilities or physicians, or other non-designated providers, contact your local BCBS Plan, or visit

1 This facility indicated voluntarily that Radiologists, Anesthesiologists, Pathologists, Hospitalists, and Intensivists who provide services for elective (scheduled) procedures related to this Blue Distinction Specialty Care program are in the local Plan's BlueCard PPO network.

2 This is a freestanding surgery center that performs outpatient procedures, not a hospital. Speak with your doctor about the right choice for your bariatric surgery.

Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures, developed with input from the medical community. A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for providers 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 provider’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan. Providers 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. National criteria for BDC and BDC+ are displayed on 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.