Blue Distinction Centers

When your employees are diagnosed with a major injury or illness that requires special care, you want to help them find the best care possible with the highest chance for success.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, together with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association* and other Blue plans, helps members find the most effective specialty care providers. We call them Blue Distinction Centers® ― hospitals and care centers that have met evidence-based criteria and are designated as having better overall care.**

Use these resources to tell employees about Blue Distinction.

*An association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

**Designation as Blue Distinction Centers means these facilities’ overall experience and aggregate data met objective criteria established in collaboration with expert clinicians’ and leading professional organizations’ recommendations. Individual outcomes may vary. To find out which services are covered under your health plan at any facilities, please call the number on the back of your member ID card; and call your provider before making an appointment to verify the most current information of the network participation status. Neither the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any of its licensees are responsible for any damages, losses or non-covered charges that may result from using this website or receiving care from a provider listed in this website.


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