Finding the Right Hospital
Choosing the right hospital or treatment facility is an important decision that requires research. If you have specialty care needs, such as bariatric surgery, transplants or spine surgery, Blue Distinction® can help you find the right hospital or other health care facility. Follow these steps to find the hospital that best meets your needs:
1. Make a List
First, write down some possibilities. Start off by finding out which hospitals are covered by your health plan.
Meet with your doctor. Find out which hospitals your primary care doctor practices in, and which hospitals he or she suggests. Often, doctors are affiliated with several hospitals. Ask about the advantages of each one.
Talk with family and friends. If they were satisfied with their own treatment, that gives you a better idea of the type of care you can expect to receive.
2. Narrow Your List
After forming an initial list, do more research to narrow it down. Go online. Search for articles about hospitals you are considering. To search for Blue Distinction Centers®, use the Blue Distinction Directories:
- Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery® Directory of Providers
- Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care® Directory of Providers
- Blue Distinction Centers for Transplants® Directory of Providers
- Blue Distinction Centers for Complex and Rare Cancers® Directory of Providers
- Blue Distinction Centers for Knee and Hip ReplacementSM Directory of Providers
- Blue Distinction Centers for Spine SurgerySM Directory of Providers
When you search for a hospital or other health care facility, you will see a logo next to those that are accredited by The Joint Commission . State and consumer organizations also track quality of care at hospitals.
The Joint Commission offers reports rating hospitals by several levels of accreditation. It is a good idea to look into accreditation and complaints.
3. Visit the Hospital
Decide if the location is convenient for you and for loved ones who may want to visit. Ask about visiting hours. See if the hospital looks clean and comfortable.
Ask about the hospital's training and success in treating your health problem. How many similar cases are seen there each year, and what are the results? You may want to pick a hospital that has performed your treatment many times.
Find out if the hospital has general or specialized care. Is your treatment one of the specialties? Does it offer the types of testing your treatment will need? Blue Distinction can help you find the right hospital or other health care facility.
Other questions you may want to think about:
- Is it a teaching hospital?
- Is it a for-profit facility?
- Is it government-supported?
Talk about the pros and cons of each scenario with your doctor.
Note: 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 policy at any facilities, please call your local Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan; and call your provider before making an appointment, to verify the most current information on their Network participation status. Neither 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.