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Shields Health is leaving our network
November 1, 2023

December 13, 2023 update:
Shields Health (Shields) will not be leaving the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts network on December 31, 2023, as previously communicated. We’re pleased to announce that we’ve reached an agreement with Shields, and they will be staying in our network. Read more.

This article is for providers caring for our members

Shields Health (Shields) has notified us that they are leaving our network, effective for dates of service on and after December 31, 2023.

Shields provides imaging services, such as MRI, and PET/CT scans for our members in both freestanding centers and within some hospital locations. They also offer outpatient surgical services at four locations: Chelmsford, Medford, Natick, and Shrewsbury, and have physicians that read radiology studies.

In the event Shields elects to remain in our network as of December 31, 2023, we will notify you immediately.

What does this mean if you refer patients to Shields?

Your Agreement with us requires you to use participating providers whenever possible. If you currently refer our members to Shields for outpatient surgery services or imaging, please start referring them to an in-network provider instead.

How can you find a new imaging or ambulatory surgi-center provider?

 Alternative ambulatory surgi-centers and freestanding technical diagnostic imaging centers
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