Blue Care Network and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan designate a network of facilities and other providers as Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery.
A list of hospitals currently designated as Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery is available using the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Blue Distinction Center Finder or using the Find a Doctor tool on bcbsm.com.
Please note that Blue Distinction Center designations are subject to change. For more information about the Blue Distinction Centers for Bariatric Surgery, please visit the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association website.
BCN members are not required to have their bariatric surgery performed at a Blue Distinction Center. However, all requests for bariatric surgery require authorization by BCN. Refer to the Utilization Management chapter of the BCN Provider Manual for additional information.
Medicare note: BCN AdvantageSM members must have their surgeries performed by BCN-contracted providers (both surgeon and facility). The facility they select must also be part of the BCN Advantage provider network.
Bariatric surgery forms and procedure
To ensure proper documentation of patient office visits related to weight-loss activities and interventions, providers must use the following forms for bariatric surgery referrals:
- Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program Procedure (PDF)
- Bariatric Surgery Assessment Form: Patient Referral Information (PDF)
- Physician Supervised Weight Loss Program Documentation form (PDF)
You may check the status of an authorization request on the e-referral system or by calling BCN Utilization Management toll-free at 1-800-392-2512.