Spinal Surgery

  • People who need surgery on their spines deal with much more than selecting a physician and hospital.

    Will the surgery fix the problem? Will there be complications? Will the pain go away and can I return to my normal life? And, can I afford it?

    That’s why your Weyerhaeuser Medical Plus Plan offers a program called SELECT Blue Distinction Centers + (or SELECT BDC+). Facilities in this program demonstrate higher quality care and provide better overall outcomes, like lower readmission rates and fewer infections postsurgery.*

    You can review your options here. But if you want to get the most out of your benefits and be confident of your outcome, choose SELECT BDC+. We’ll pay 100% of the costs after your deductible is met.


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    SELECT BDC+

    If you choose a SELECT BDC+ facility and need to travel, we’ll cover the travel expenses for you and a care companion.

    What you pay

    After your deductible is met, you’ll pay 0% of the surgery costs.

    Contact us

    To learn more, call 800-995-2420.
    Monday–Friday, 5 a.m.–8 p.m., Pacific Time

  • Blue Distinction Centers + facilities are designated through the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program, coordinated by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BDC+ facilities are recognized for their proven expertise, high-quality care, and their efficiency in delivering specialty care.

    The SELECT designation means that these facilities have been handpicked specifically for Weyerhaeuser and are located near Weyerhaeuser locations. They have been awarded the BDC+ designation from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association because they demonstrate higher quality care and provide better overall outcomes, like lower readmission rates and fewer infections postsurgery.*

    When you choose to have surgery at a Select BDC+ facility, we will pay the travel expenses to and from the facility (50+ miles from the insured person’s residence) for you and a care companion.

    • Air travel
    • Ground transportation to and from the facility
    • Hotel

    Note: Travel expenses higher than IRS limits may result in taxable income. Speak with your tax advisor to learn more.

    Our concierge and support services will make and pay for travel arrangements, transfer medical records, and schedule local pre and postoperative care appointments.

    Prior to surgery, your surgeon must obtain preapproval (your doctor may call it prior authorization). Healthcare providers are familiar with the process and will contact Premera on your behalf.

    Be sure to ask your doctor if the surgery is preapproved. 

    Yes, our Personal Health Support (PHS) program provides personalized, one-on-one support to members undergoing spinal surgery. We offer this support to our members, spouses or domestic partners, and dependents who are enrolled in a Premera plan. As a participant in the program, you’ll have access to a team of registered nurses with expertise in condition management. They can coordinate your care to help you get the best treatment and find resources for your health and recovery.

    You may hear from PHS early in the process, but if you haven’t talked with a PHS clinician by time the procedure has been scheduled, please contact PHS before receiving care and notify a clinician of the scheduled service date.

    PHS: 888-742-1479
    Monday–Friday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Pacific Time


  • BDC+

    All other BDC+ facilities

    If a SELECT BDC+ facility isn’t the best option for you, consider a BDC+ facility in your area.

    What you pay

    You’ll pay 15% of the surgery cost, after you meet your deductible, and we will pay 85%.

    Contact us

    To learn more, call 800-995-2420.
    Monday–Friday, 5 a.m.–8 p.m., Pacific Time

  • Blue Distinction Centers + facilities are designated through the Blue Distinction® Specialty Care program, coordinated by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. These BDC+ facilities are recognized for their proven expertise, high-quality care, and their efficiency in delivering specialty care.

    Research BDC+ facilities in your area


  • Non-BDC+

    Non-BDC+ facilities

    You may choose not to use a SELECT BDC+ or a BDC+ facility and that another hospital is your best option.

    What you pay

    If the facility is in your network, you’ll pay 35% of the cost after you meet your deductible. If it is out of network, you’ll pay that amount as well as any extra amount the facility charges above what we allow.

    Contact us

    To learn more, call 800-995-2420.
    Monday–Friday, 5 a.m.–8 p.m., Pacific Time



  • * BDC/BDC+ eligible facilities vs. relevant comparison group. Results based on latest designation cycles for each specialty care area. Source: Blue Cross Blue Shield Association.