The October 2017  and December 2017 editions of Network Update shared information about the Vitals® SmartShopper® program which Anthem, in partnership with Vitals®, began offering to our small group members in Maine effective January 1, 2018. Below is a list of services included in the SmartShopper® program. Please be advised that as of January 1, 2019, infusion therapy, occupational & physical therapy, and laboratory services will be added to the list of services included in the SmartShopper® program.

  • Back surgery (outpatient laminectomy, discectomy, foraminotomy)
  • Back surgery (inpatient laminectomy)
  • Bariatric surgery (inpatient laparoscopic gastric bypass)
  • Bladder repair for incontinence (sling)
  • Bone and joint imaging of the whole body
  • Bone density study of the spine or pelvis
  • Bunionectomy
  • Colonoscopy
  • CT scan
  • Eye surgery - cataract removal
  • Gall bladder removal (laparoscopic)
  • Groin – hernia repair
  • Hand surgery – carpal tunnel
  • Infusion therapy – effective 1/1/2019
  • Joint replacement (knee and hip)
  • Knee surgery (arthroscopic)
  • Laboratory services – effective 1/1/2019
  • Lithotripsy – fragmenting of kidney stones
  • Laparoscopic tubal block and tubal ligation
  • MRI
  • Mammogram
  • Nasal/sinus – endoscopy – sinus surgery
  • Nasal/sinus – corrective surgery - septoplasty
  • Occupational and physical therapy – effective 1/1/2019
  • PET scan
  • Shoulder surgery (arthroscopic)
  • Spinal fusion of neck – front
  • Stomach – upper GI examination (endoscopy)
  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
  • Ultrasound (non-maternity)

As a reminder, the SmartShopper® program does not take the place of any precertification/prior authorization requirements you may have as a participating provider.  All referral and precertification/prior authorization requirements remain in place. 

Vitals® utilizes data from the National Consumer Cost Transparency (NCCT) database, developed by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, to identify cost-effective providers for services in the SmartShopper® program. The NCCT data is refreshed bi-annually in May and November. Providers may view their data by accessing the current version of the NCCT data via the Anthem POIT web tool through Availity. If you have any questions regarding the NCCT data, please contact David Spencer, Provider Network Manager Senior, at 207-822-8453 or



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November 2018 Anthem Maine Network eUpdate