Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+
Studies confirm that as many as eight out of 10 Americans suffer from some sort of back pain. Many ways to treat back pain are available, and your doctor can guide you toward the most appropriate recommendation for your situation. For those with severe and/or chronic back pain, spine surgery may be a treatment option.
If you or someone you love needs spine surgery, look to the Blue Distinction Center program to help you and your doctor make an informed decision about your care.
Research confirms that hospitals designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery have fewer complications and fewer hospital readmissions than non-designated hospitals. Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery also deliver care more efficiently than their peers. Blue Distinction Centers for Spine Surgery and Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery provide comprehensive inpatient spine surgery services, including discectomy, fusion and decompression procedures.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina only recognizes Blue Distinction Centers+ for Spine Surgery
To learn more about these centers review our frequently asked questions.