Reminder: Use In-network Laboratories for COVID-19 Testing

Reminder: Use In-network Laboratories for COVID-19 Testing

Aug. 18, 2020

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to remember to use an in-network laboratory for all testing. BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina entrusts Avalon Healthcare Solutions (Avalon) to administer a comprehensive suite of laboratory benefit management services to promote patient access to affordable, high-quality health care. Avalon is an independent company that provides benefit management services on behalf of BlueCross and BlueChoice.

To ensure the lowest cost to your patients continue to send testing to in-network laboratories only. Costs of in-network laboratory services are aligned to the patient’s benefit design to assure the lowest out-of-pocket costs. Using an out-of-network provider may put the member at risk for higher cost share or balance billing. Here is a list of the current BlueCross, BlueChoice and Avalon participating laboratory providers that perform COVID-19 testing for our members:

APPROVED LABORATORIES

  • Aegis
  • BAKO
  • BioReference
  • Sonic CPL (Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc.)
  • Eurofins - Diatherix
  • LabCorp
  • LabTech
  • Luxor
  • Mako Medical Lab
  • MDL (Medical Diagnostic Laboratories)
  • Neogenomics
  • Precision Genetics
  • Premier Medical Lab
  • Quest
  • Radeas

If you have questions about this bulletin, please contact Provider Relations and Education by submitting the Provider Education Contact Form or by calling 803-264-4730 and a knowledgeable education specialist will respond.