Take advantage of resources to shop for care

You get to choose the care that’s right for you. Why should you take an active role? The more you know about things like quality, safety, services and costs, the easier it is to choose wisely.

It’s about value, not just cost or quality

Keep in mind that higher cost doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality. What’s important is looking for high-value care that’s right for you. You can find care that’s high quality, and high value using online tools and resources.

Online resources

These trusted sites can help you get the information you need.

Government/business sites

  • Minnesota Health Information ExternalLink — Clearinghouse for health care information provided by the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota HealthScores ExternalLink — Objective information on the quality of health care in Minnesota and surrounding areas from MN Community Measurement
  • The Leapfrog Group ExternalLink — Quality reports for many hospitals nationwide. Supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, employer members and others

Tools for Blue Cross members

As a Blue Cross member, you can also take advantage of tools like these when you sign in to myBlueCross:

  • Blue Distinction CentersĀ® ExternalLink — Top-rated specialty centers. Helps you choose the best care available for bariatric (obesity) surgery, transplant services, treatment for a heart condition or a rare/complex cancer, knee and hip replacement or spine surgery. See which hospitals in your network have this designation as top-rated specialty centers offering the best care available. 
  • Provider finder — You have many ways to customize your searches for doctors, hospitals, clinics and more. When you sign in, you can see cost and quality information, save and share your lists and compare providers side by side.

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