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September 29, 2014

Not just any hospital: a Blue Distinction Center hospital

When quality is a priority, it’s smart to rely on data that’s accurate, objective and relevant. That’s the thinking behind the Blue Distinction Specialty Care Program. Started in 2006 by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA), the program uses an evidence-based approach to help people choose a medical facility for six key types of care:

  • bariatric surgery
  • cardiac care
  • complex and rare cancers
  • knee and hip replacement
  • spine surgery
  • transplants

Together, these types of care comprise more than 30 percent of today’s total inpatient hospital expenditures. The program is a significant differentiator for Florida Blue and serves as a positive example of the company’s commitment to help members and employers identify high-quality providers based on empirical data.

Blue Distinction designations rely on objective, nationally consistent selection criteria to identify high-performing specialty care facilities that can help support a smooth recovery for members to regain health and productivity. Facilities that earn the designations have a proven track record for delivering better results—including fewer complications and re-admissions—than hospitals without these recognitions.

There are two types of Blue Distinction Center designations:

  • Blue Distinction Centers (BDCs) demonstrate expertise in delivering specialty care.
  • Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) demonstrate both expertise plus cost-efficiency in delivering specialty care.


BDC and BDC+ information is integrated into the existing BCBSA national provider directory. Florida Blue members can look for the distinctive icons next to the hospital facility name on the Florida Blue provider directory. The information is also available through the Blue Distinction Center Finder, a web tool that helps national consumers and their physicians find Blue Distinction Centers and Blue Distinction Centers+ nationwide.

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