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


Blue Cross Blue Shield Axis℠

A national data capability derived from Blue Cross Blue Shield companies' collective provider networks and membership.

Blue Distinction®

Blue Cross Blue Shield awards this designation to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare in the areas of: bariatric surgery, cardiac care, complex and rare cancers, spine surgery, transplants and knee and hip replacement. The designation is based on evidence-based, objective selection criteria established with input from expert physicians and recommendations from medical organizations .

Blue Health Intelligence (BHI)

Provides greater healthcare transparency by delivering detail about healthcare trends and best practices, resulting in healthier lives and affordable access to safe and effective care. BHI brings together the healthcare experience of more than 54 million Blue Cross and Blue Shield members nationwide.


Addresses the health and lifestyle needs of consumers through unique partnerships and experiences designed exclusively for Blue365 members. A value-added discount program that provides Blue Cross and Blue Shield members with discounts and content on health and wellness, family care, financial services and healthy travel .

BlueCard Access®

A toll-free number, 1-800-810-BLUE, that members can use to locate providers in another Blue Cross Blue Shield company's area. BlueCard Access© assists members who need a referral to a physician or healthcare facility in another location.

BlueCard Eligibility®

A toll-free number, 1-800-676-BLUE, for healthcare providers to verify Blue Cross Blue Shield membership and coverage information for patients. Calling BlueCard Eligibility will facilitate efficient payment for the provider.


Enables members to receive healthcare services wherever they live or travel, nationally or internationally. BlueCard links participating healthcare providers and the independent Blue Cross Blue Shield companies across the country through a single electronic network for claims processing and reimbursement .

BlueCard® PPO

A national program that offers members traveling or living outside of their Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan's area the PPO (preferred provider organization) level of benefits when they obtain services from a physician or hospital designated as a PPO provider.

BlueCard® PPO Member

Carries an ID card with this identifier on it. Only members with this identifier can access the benefits of BlueCard PPO.

BlueCard® PPO Network

The network comprising those physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers PPO members may elect to use to obtain the highest level of PPO benefits.

BlueCard® PPO Provider

A doctor, hospital or other healthcare entity enrolled in a network of designated PPO providers.

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Second Opinion

Second Opinion is a television series that features panels of doctors, patients and related experts tackling real-life complex medical cases.

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