Join the Network

Our Network

Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of our professional mental health network. Our network covers plans for BlueCross® BlueShield® of South Carolina's Preferred Blue®, BlueChoice® HealthPlan of South Carolina, the Federal Employees Program (FEP) and Planned Administrators, Inc. (PAI).

CBA is a separate company that administers substance abuse and mental health benefits on behalf of BlueCross and BlueChoice®, independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Network Benefits

As a provider in our network, you'll be able to request certifications electronically via our health plan partners' websites. When you make certification requests on the web, they are automatically sent to a dedicated staff member who processes the certification.

How to Join

Eligibility 

South Carolina Licensing 

To be considered eligible for the CBA network, you must be licensed by the appropriate South Carolina state licensing board to practice independently without supervision.

Behavior Health Specialists 

We have an established behavioral health network that includes credentialed mental health and substance abuse providers. Any licensed provider with a qualifier “intern” is not eligible to join our network.

We maintain an open network for these behavioral health specialties:

  • Addictionologists
  • Behavioral Health Pediatricians specializing in childhood behavioral health disorders
  • Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologists
  • Licensed Independent Social Workers - Clinical Practice
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Qualified Psychiatrists

Malpractice Coverage

All non-MDs should have coverage as follows: $1,000,000/$1,000,000. MDs should have coverage as follows: JUA/PCF combination or $1,000,000/$3,000,000.

Credentialing Process

Here is what we require as part of the credentialing process:

  • Read, complete, sign and return the online CBA Online Provider Credentialing Application.
  • If you have trouble completing the online application form, you can download the application and mail it in.
  • Read, sign and return the CBA Professional Agreement (Please email cba.provrep@companiongroup.com  to request a copy of this document).
  • Sign and return each Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Hold Harmless Agreement (Appendix C of the abovementioned CBA Professional Agreement).
  • Enclose a copy of your S.C. State License(s).
  • Enclose a copy of your DEA License (if applicable).
  • Enclose a copy of the protocol (Nurse Practitioners only).
  • Enclose proof of current malpractice coverage.

Mail or fax documents:

Companion Benefit Alternatives, Inc.
ATTN: Network Coordinator, AX-315
P.O. Box 100185
Columbia, SC 29202
Fax: (803) 714-6456

Follow Up & Questions

Please make sure you include all the information and allow at least 30 days before calling to check on the status of your application. We cannot process applications until we receive all the information. Please keep a copy of all application materials for your records.

If you would like more information on joining the network, please email cba.provrep@companiongroup.com.

Recredentialing

We recredential all contracted providers every three years. Our credentialing staff will contact you when it is time for your recredentialing.