is a designation awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical
facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality health care. The
goal is to help consumers find quality specialty care on a consistent basis while
enabling and encouraging health professionals to improve the overall quality and
delivery of health care nationwide.
At the core of the Blue Distinction program are the Blue Distinction Centers for
Specialty CareSM. These facilities are recognized for their distinguished
clinical care and processes in the areas of:
The designation of Blue Distinction CentersSM
is based criteria established
by leading medical specialists and societies and medical evidence that are made
available to the public. This helps you understand what's behind this quality designation.
The goals are:
- To encourage medical facilities to improve the overall quality and delivery of health
care, resulting in better overall outcomes for patients.
- To support consumers as they identify medical facilities that best meet their needs.
Blue Distinction Centers are a key part of the Blues' effort to collaborate with
doctors and facilities to improve the overall quality and, therefore, affordability
of specialty care.
If you are a physician or hospital administrator interested in learning more or
applying for the Blue Distinction designation for your medical facility, visit the
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association