Blue Distinction®: Finding a Center of Excellence for knee and hip replacements

Published January 23, 2019

Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies (BCBS) are helping to improve the quality and affordability of knee and hip replacements across the country through Blue Distinction®. This national designation makes it easier for consumers to find the best place to have a knee or hip replacement, recognizing hospitals and other facilities that improve the overall quality and delivery of care nationwide. Blue Distinction® healthcare facilities demonstrate expertise in specific types of care—safely, effectively and cost-efficiently. What’s more, BCBS companies have established Blue Distinction® Centers+, a distinction available only to facilities that meet both quality and cost thresholds. Total knee and hip replacements performed in Blue Distinction Center+ facilities offer 24 percent average savings when compared to non-Blue Distinction Center+ facilities. More than 550 healthcare facilities have earned the designation for high-quality knee and hip replacements in most major metropolitan areas across the country. Learn more about how to find a Blue Distinction® Center here.