What Are Ancillary Services?
Ancillary services are medical services or supplies that are not provided by acute care hospitals, doctors or health care professionals. Examples of ancillary services include:
- Ambulance services
- Ambulatory surgery center (ASC) services
- Audiology services
- Behavioral health services (inpatient and outpatient)
- Cardiac monitoring
- Dialysis services
- Durable medical equipment (DME)
- Hearing services
- Home health care services
- Home infusion therapy services
- Hospice care services
- Laboratory services
- Medical day care (adult and pediatric)
- Mobile diagnostic services
- Orthotics and prosthetics
- Personal care assistant services
- Private duty nursing
- Radiology/diagnostic imaging
- Rehabilitation services (inpatient and outpatient)
- Skilled nursing services
- Sleep laboratory services
- Speech services
- Substance-abuse services (inpatient and outpatient)
- Ventilator services
- Wound-care services
How do I find an in-network ancillary provider?
To get the most from your Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield benefits, you should use in-network ancillary providers, as well as in-network doctors, hospitals and other health care professionals. Using in-network providers will minimize the amount you have to pay for health care.
Important information about out-of-state labs
Your health plan covers laboratory services at the in-network level of benefits when the services are provided by a lab that participates with the Blue Cross and/or Blue Shield plan in the state where the referring doctor is located. For example, if you see a doctor in New York who orders laboratory services for you, you must use a lab that participates with the Blue plan in New York to access your in-network benefits.
Blue plans across the country have educated their participating providers on how to help you maximize your benefits by using in-network providers.