Centers of Excellence

When you choose a Center of Excellence for certain care, you receive a cost benefit as well as the benefit of exceptional care. Centers of Excellence are designated medical facilities proven to deliver superior results for complicated, costly surgical procedures. This designation helps you to identify facilities that offer quality specialty care.

Centers of Excellence specialty benefits focus on four areas:

  • bariatric surgery
  • transplants
  • knee and hip replacements
  • spinal surgery

The designation is given to facilities that meet evidence-based, objective criteria established with input from expert physicians and medical organizations. Overall, patients treated at Centers of Excellence have 

  • better outcomes; 
  • fewer complications; 
  • fewer readmissions; and 
  • lower total cost of care.


Centers of Excellence benefits are available to employees and their family members enrolled in PPO, EPO, or HDHP medical coverage.


When you have select procedures performed at a Center of Excellence, the plan will pay 100 percent of allowable charges after the annual plan deductible is met. And if you must travel more than 100 miles to a Center of Excellence, you are eligible for a travel benefit of up to $10,000 to cover expenses for yourself and a companion.