Companion Benefit Alternatives


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.

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. Any licensed provider with a qualifier “intern” is not eligible to join our network.

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

  • Read, complete, sign and return the CBA Provider Credentialing Application.
  • Read, sign and return the CBA Professional Agreement (Please email  to request a copy of this document).
  • Sign and return each Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) Hold Harmless Agreement (Appendix C of the CBA Professional Agreement).
  • Enclose a copy of the S.C. State License(s).
  • Enclose a copy of the DEA License (if applicable).
  • Enclose a copy of the protocol (Nurse Practitioners only).
  • Enclose proof of current 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.

Mail or fax the completed application and supporting documentation to:
Companion Benefit Alternatives, Inc.
ATTN: Network Coordinator, AX-315
P.O. Box 100185
Columbia, SC 29202
Fax: (803) 714-6456

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

If you would like more information on joining the network, please email