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Blue Distinction Centers

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Not all Blue Distinction centers are covered by Medicare

If you are a Medicare member you must receive services at a Medicare certified facility. For more information on Medicare certified facilities, please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-877-883-9577 (TTY/TDD 1-800-662-1220), 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. From October 1 - March 31, representatives are also available weekends from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Follow this link to View a List of Medicare Certified Facilities.

Find a Blue Distinction Center

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A simpler, smarter way to find quality specialty care.

Not all hospitals are the same. One facility may excel in certain specialties and not in others, so a hospital that has a solid overall reputation is not necessarily the right choice for a specific procedure.

So, consider a facility designated as a Blue Distinction Center®. The Blue Distinction designation is awarded to hospitals based on a thorough, objective evaluation of their performance in the areas that matter most to you - quality care, treatment expertise, and overall patient outcomes, just to name a few. The criteria we measure are established with the help of expert physicians and medical organizations.

The program currently recognizes facilities as Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care® in the areas of:

  • Bariatric surgery
  • Cardiac care
  • Complex and rare cancers
  • Knee and Hip Replacement
  • Spine Surgery
  • Transplants

Find a center: Visit the Blue Distinction Center Finder

Get the facts: Check out the Blue Distinction Fact SheetOpen a PDF

See the details: Read about the Selection Criteria

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This page last updated 10-01-2019.