BCBSNC wants its members to stay healthy this flu season. The flu shot program for 2012 will be administered as in past years.
- On July 25, BCBSNC will send the email below about worksite clinics to groups of 51+. (Note that there is variable text for ASO groups.) The emails include a link to this online clinic request form. Then, on August 21, Group Marketing will send a follow-up email to those groups that have not yet signed up for a clinic.
- Groups with immunization/preventive care benefits that pay at 100 percent prior to meeting a deductible who meet certain criteria can work with BCBSNC to arrange a free flu shot clinic at their worksite(s).
- Members who currently have a copayment plan and receive a flu shot either at an on-site Maxim clinic, pharmacy, Minute Clinic, or any applicable non-physician practitioner will be covered without a copay required. This is similar to our benefit for immunizations, where as long as a claim for a physician’s visit is not filed, then the administration of the shot is available at no additional member cost.
- Flu shots will be available from doctor’s offices, at worksite flu shot clinics, or by in-network pharmacists who are certified to provide certain immunizations, including the flu vaccine and participating in the BCBSNC network.
- ASO groups will be responsible for paying for the cost of flu shots. Groups that participate in a Maxim worksite flu clinic can take advantage of the $25 per-shot fee that BCBSNC has negotiated with Maxim for covered BCBSNC members.
- BCBSNC members can find information at www.bcbsnc.com/flu. Employer groups can find information, including tips, posters and FAQs documents, on our employer website beginning July 27.
- If participating urgent care centers or convenience care centers submit member flu shot claims to BCBSNC and the member has 100 percent immunization/preventive care benefits, BCBSNC will pay for shots administered by these participating providers. Some members may pay a copayment, or deductible, depending on the location and their specific benefits.
- Maxim requires 25 vaccinations per clinic. Groups that fall below this minimum will be charged for the shots that fall short of 25.
- Any group that can meet the minimum requirement for vaccinations can participate, but we are only actively promoting clinics to groups of 51+, since it is unlikely that smaller groups will meet this requirement. Groups can request flu shot clinics by using the online request form found at www.bcbsnc.com/fluclinic. This form is easier for the group and will allow Maxim to provide faster turnarounds to get clinics scheduled.
- H1N1 is now included as part of the standard flu vaccination.
- Clinic spots are reserved on a first-come, first served basis. The deadline to complete the web-based form is September 30, 2012.