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Below is information from the carriers regarding medical insurance and alternative medical care

Blue Shield of California and Alternative medical care

 
 
About the mylifepath Alternative Care Discounts Program

The mylifepath Alternative Care Discounts Program is offered by American Specialty Medical Networks, Inc. (ASH Networks) and is not a covered service of any Blue Shield of California or Blue Shield of California Life & Medical Insurance Company medical plan. None of the terms or conditions of Blue Shield medical plans apply.

Network practitioners are screened, credentialed and managed by ASH Networks. Blue Shield does not review the services provided by mylifepath network practitioners for medical necessity or efficacy. Nor does Blue Shield make any recommendations, representations, claims or guarantees regarding the practitioners, their availability, fees, services, or products.

Blue Shield members are responsible for following the payment and appointment policies of mylifepath network practitioners, including those for cancelled or missed appointments. Blue Shield is not responsible for any portion of the costs associated with services accessed through the mylifepath Alternative Care Discounts Program. Any disputes regarding these products and services may be subject to Blue Shield's grievance process. Costs incurred through the program by Blue Shield medical plan members do not count towards their Blue Shield medical plan deductible or copayment/out-of-pocket maximum. Blue Shield may discontinue this program at any time without notice.
 
Special message for Blue Shield 65 Plus and Blue Shield 65 Plus Value Plan Members:
  • The products and services described on this page are neither offered nor guaranteed under Blue Shield of California's contract with the Medicare program, but are made available to all Blue Shield 65 Plus and Blue Shield 65 Plus Value Plan members.
  • These products and services are not subject to the Medicare appeals process. Any disputes regarding these products and services may be subject to the Blue Shield 65 Plus grievance process.
  • Should a problem arise with a Value-Added item or service, please call Blue Shield of California for assistance at 1-800-776-4466 (TDD: 1-800-794-1099). Our member service hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays.
Read the full mylifepath Network Guide to Coverage here for more details about the program.
 
How To Use mylifepath Discounted Services
To receive discounted services, simply show your Blue Shield member ID card.
 
To receive the discounts, you need to:
  • Select a practitioner from the mylifepath network.
  • Call the practitioner or facility to make an appointment.
  • Present your Blue Shield member ID card at the time of your appointment - you must show your card to receive the discount.
All mylifepath network practitioners are carefully screened and must meet strict requirements regarding their education, training and facilities.
 
Members with covered benefits under another plan or policy should exhaust that benefit prior to utilizing the mylifepath network.
 
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Acupuncture
Receive 25% off or more on all professional services including:
  • examinations
  • acupuncture or electro-acupuncture
  • adjunctive therapeutic procedures or modalities
  • other related Acupuncture Services
Note: Does not include herbs.
 
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Chiropractic
Receive 25% off or more on all professional services including:
  • examinations
  • manipulative treatment
  • adjunctive therapeutic procedures or modalities
  • chiropractic appliances
  • other related Chiropractic Services
Note: Blue Shield 65 Plus and Blue Shield 65 Plus Value Plan members have two options for obtaining chiropractic services:
  1. Blue Shield 65 Plus and Blue Shield 65 Plus Value Plan members can receive medically necessary chiropractic services that are covered by Medicare (limited to spinal manipulation for subluxation of the spine) from a plan chiropractor if they are referred by their Personal Physician. (Medicare covered chiropractic services are not included in the mylifepath Alternative Care Discounts Program).

  2. For services that are not otherwise covered by Medicare, Blue Shield 65 Plus and Blue Shield 65 Plus Value Plan members can visit a mylifepath chiropractor (no referral needed) and receive 25% off his or her regular rate.
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Massage Therapy
Receive 25% off or more on all professional services including:
  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Muscle and Deep Tissue Massage
  • Trigger Point Therapy
  • Shiatsu and Acupressure
  • Reflexology
  • Sports Massage
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About American Specialty Medical Networks
 
American Specialty Medical Networks, Inc. (ASH Networks) is the nation's leader in managed complementary medical care. ASH Network's providers offer comprehensive, convenient and flexible complementary medical care services. With ASH Networks, you can choose from a broad network of credentialed complementary medical care providers.

Blue Cross of California and Alternative Medical

 

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