Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+

Blue Distinction Centers

Blue Distinction® Centers are hospitals recognized for their expertise in delivering specialty care.

Blue Distinction® Centers+ are hospitals recognized for their expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

Learn more about our Blue Distinction Centers:

Outside of North Carolina

For a list of facilities outside of North Carolina that participate in the Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery, Knee and Hip Replacement, Bariatric Surgery, Cardiac Care, Transplants, and Complex and Rare Cancers, see the BCBSA Blue Distinction Center Finder.

Note: Blue Distinction® Centers met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction® Centers+ also met cost measures that address consumers' need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on A Local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. To find out which services and providers (including hospital based physicians) are covered under your policy, or to learn about Local Blue Plan Criteria, contact your Local Blue Plan; and contact your provider before making an appointment to verify its current Network and Blue Distinction Centers status. Each hospital's Cost Index is calculated separately, based on data from its Local Blue Plan. Hospitals in portions of CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in areas served by two Local Blue Plans, resulting in two Cost Index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether all hospitals in these areas must meet Blue Distinction Centers+ national criteria for one or both Cost Index figures. Neither Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages, losses, or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers. To find out more, contact your Local Blue Plan.