Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+

Blue Distinction Centers

Spine Surgery

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.

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Note: 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.