South Country Health Alliance (South Country) Provider Contact Center will be available for our health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are taking steps to protect our employees and still provide the support our providers need during the coronavirus pandemic. Things are changing rapidly and we will be updating our website as new developments occur. Please check back frequently for updates.
Waiving Member Copays
South Country is waiving copays for services related to COVID-19 during the public health emergency. This includes copays for testing, diagnostic services, and treatment services related to COVID-19. When billing for these services, please use modifier CS to indicate the cost-sharing waiver for COVID-19 testing-related services.
Medicare 2% Sequestration
With the Public Health Emergency coming to an end, South Country Health Alliance (South Country) will be re-implementing the Medicare 2% sequestration.
Medicare Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) timeline:
- No payment adjustment through March 31, 2022
- 1% payment adjustment April 1 – June 30, 2022
- 2% payment adjustment beginning July 1, 2022
South Country will be eliminating the 2% Medicare Sequestration from 5/1/2020 to 3/31/2021 per Section 3709 of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This has been extended to 12/31/2021.
South Country is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic as it develops and will post provider updates as more information becomes available. Please review the websites below to access the most current and accurate information on the coronavirus pandemic. We will follow all State and Federal guidance related to COVID-19. Links to these sites are below.
- Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) (external link)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (external link)
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) (external link)
Provider Contact Center
The Provider Contact Center is available to our Providers Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The toll-free number is 1-888-633-4055.
Please remember, if you are a registered user of the South Country Health Alliance Provider Portal, you may send a secure email to the Provider Contact Center during or after regular business hours. You may access the Provider Portal at https://provider.mnscha.org/scha.provider.aspx.