CBA Provider Manual

The CBA provider manual has important information that should be beneficial to all CBA network professional providers, facilities, Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services clinics and Department of Mental Health Centers.

The CBA contract specialist is available to conduct educational and training visits about the preauthorization process, filing claims, checking benefits, and using the online filing tool.

  • Midlands and Upstate area providers and facilities should contact Nikashia Brown at 800-868-1032, ext. 25538 or email at nikashia.brown@companiongroup.com.
  • Lowcountry area providers and all Department of Mental Health Centers should contact Kelly Coley at 800-868-1032, ext. 25433 or email at kelly.coley@companiongroup.com.
  • Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services clinics should call Nikashia Brown at 800-868-1032, ext. 25538 or email at nikashia.brown@companiongroup.com.
  • Value-based provider inquiries are handled by Brandi Poole at ext. 25229 or email at brandi.poole@companiongroup.com.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Programs

CBA has partnered with Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Programs. The MAT program offers a comprehensive approach to treatment that incudes behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medications to treat substance use disorders. This program allows the providers to work with clinical reviewers to manage benefit requests for Methadone and Buprenorphine/Naloxone treatment and to ensure benefit coverage is applied in a consistent and relevant fashion.

CBA has contracted MAT providers located in most regions of the state. For assistance with locating a MAT provider or if you have general questions about the MAT program, please send an email to cba.provrep@companiongroup.com.

BlueCross Medicare Advantage PPO Network

CBA continues to recruit eligible providers for the BlueCross Medicare Advantage PPO Network. It is NOT for participation in the BlueCross Medicare Advantage HMO program. If you are interested in joining the Medicare Advantage PPO network, please contact your provider contract specialist.

Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) Network

CBA continues to recruit providers for the Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) Network. Most exchange plans do not have out of network benefits. Please remember that HIX participation is required at the group level. Therefore, all individual providers billing under the same Tax ID # (TIN) must agree to join. If you are interested in joining the HIX network, please contact your provider contract specialist.

Please remember that CBA doesn’t credential or reimburse interns or anyone under the supervision of a licensed practitioner. We can only credential and reimburse providers who are fully licensed and can independently work in a clinical setting. Supervisors should not be using their information to file claims and seek reimbursement on behalf of the supervisee.

If you would like to assist CBA in enhancing the quality of care for our members, please notify us of your availability for extended office hours or quick-access appointment availability. Please email this information to cba.provrep@companiongroup.com.

What We Do Provide management of mental health and substance use disorder benefits.
For Whom BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina, BlueChoice® HealthPlan, Federal Employee Program, the State Health Plan and Planned Administrators, Inc. CBA is a separate company that administers mental health and substance use disorder benefits on behalf of BlueCross and BlueChoice®.
Preauthorization Form

Forms Resource Center: https://forms.companionbenefitalternatives.com/

By phone: 800-868-1032 (in Columbia 699-7308)

By fax: 803-714-6456

CBA’s routine business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (EST). We have assigned staff who will be on call to handle after-hours service requests 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet regulatory guidelines.