Blue Distinction® Centers (BDC) and Blue Distinction® Centers Plus (BDC+) Benefit Differential product lets employers structure benefits in a way that encourages employees to seek high quality and cost-effective care from the BDC or BDC+ designated specialty care programs. Blue Distinction Centers are designated hospitals that demonstrate expertise in delivering patient care safely and effectively for select specialty care procedures.
The Blue Distinction® Centers for Specialty Care program focuses on quality of care. The Blue Distinction® Centers+ for Specialty Care program focuses on efficiency and quality of care. These programs cover 10 specialty areas.
Self-insured employers can structure benefits into two, three or four tiers. Here's an example of the three-tiered benefit design:
Tier 1 – BDC and BDC+ facilities
Tier 2 – Broad PPO
Tier 3 – Out-of-network