Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+

Blue Distinction Centers

Knee and Hip Replacement

If your joints have suffered damage from arthritis or injury, you may find it difficult to complete everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs. Whether you're exploring treatment options with your doctor or have already decided to have knee or hip replacement surgery, the Blue Distinction Center program can help you find the right hospital for the specific procedure you need.

Using objective information and input from the medical community, the Blues have designated hospitals as Blue Distinction Centers that are proven to outperform their peers in the areas that matter to you - quality, safety and, in the case of Blue Distinction Centers+, efficiency.

Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip Replacement and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement provide comprehensive inpatient knee and hip replacement services, including total knee replacement and total hip replacement surgeries.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina only recognizes Blue Distinction Centers+ for Knee and Hip Replacement.

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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 www.bcbs.com. 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.