Blue Distinction Center+ for Bariatric Surgery
UC Irvine Health Bariatric Surgery Services is designated as a Blue Distinction® Center+ for Bariatric Surgery. Our bariatric team achieved this "plus" certification in both gastric banding and gastric stapling for delivering high-quality, safe and cost-effective care.
The Blue Distinction Center+ designation is awarded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association only to those bariatric surgery centers with a proven track record for delivering better results, including fewer complications and readmissions, than other providers.
It also means that our team provides a full range of patient assessment, treatment planning, complex inpatient care and major surgical treatments for adults — all delivered by teams with distinguished expertise and subspecialty training for complex and rare cancers.
To become a Blue Distinction® Center (BDC), a provider must meet overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. To become a Blue Distinction® Center+ (BDC+), a provider also meet cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Individual outcomes may vary. National criteria is displayed on www.bcbs.com.
A local Blue Plan may require additional criteria for facilities located in its own service area. For details on local Blue Plan Criteria, a provider’s in-network status or your own policy’s coverage, contact your local Blue Plan. Each hospital’s cost index is calculated with data from its local Blue Plan. Hospitals in CA, ID, NY, PA, and WA may lie in two Local Blue Plans’ areas, resulting in two cost index figures; and their own Local Blue Plans decide whether one or both cost index figures must meet BDC+ national criteria. Neither the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association nor any Blue Plans are responsible for damages or non-covered charges resulting from Blue Distinction or other provider finder information or care received from Blue Distinction or other providers.