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.