Avalon Announces New Laboratory Benefit Management Agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

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For Immediate Release
Contact: Joy Harris, Director of Business Development
Office: 813-751-3814 | Joydana.harris@avalonhcs.com

August 20, 2020 —Avalon is pleased to announce we have launched Avalon’s Genetic and Routine Testing Management solutions for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City (Blue KC).

Avalon is the leader in laboratory science and their programs support providers in performing appropriate diagnostic testing in the laboratory setting. Avalon and Blue KC are focused on provider education to ensure access to high-quality, cost-effective laboratory services to Blue KC’ s members.

“We are pleased to bring our proven Laboratory Benefit Management platform to the Missouri market through this partnership,” said Dr. Bill Kerr, Chief Executive Officer at Avalon. “Blue KC’s focus on improving member access to appropriate genetic and routine testing will improve outcomes and while delivering savings to its members is perfectly aligned with Avalon’s mission.”

Dr. Greg Sweat, Chief Medical Officer at Blue KC, said “Avalon represents an extremely effective and comprehensive approach for managing the complex and growing laboratory market. The ability to provide members with access to appropriate testing while addressing the cost challenge was a critical factor in our selection of Avalon as our laboratory services management partner moving forward.”

Under the agreement, Blue KC members will gain access to an expanded laboratory coverage. Additionally, members and providers will benefit enhanced laboratory education, improved clinical care and cost savings from Avalon’s administration of evidence-based laboratory policies.

About Avalon Healthcare Solutions

Avalon is a healthcare information technology and specialty benefit management company focused on laboratory testing. Avalon provides a comprehensive program to facilitate management of all outpatient laboratory services across all providers, including independent, physician office, and hospital-based laboratories. Using an independent Clinical Advisory Board, Avalon has developed a suite of science-based laboratory policies addressing all testing categories. The majority of these policies, reflecting high-volume, low-cost services, are administered through proprietary, automated technology, typically saving health plans 7 to 12 percent on outpatient laboratory spend. For more information about Avalon, please visit www.avalonhcs.com.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, the largest not-for-profit health insurer in Missouri and the only not-for-profit commercial health insurer in Kansas City, has been part of the Kansas City community since 1938. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City provides health coverage services to more than one million residents in the greater Kansas City area, including Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and 30 counties in Northwest Missouri. Our mission: to provide affordable access to healthcare and to improve the health of our members. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information on the company, visit its website at BlueKC.com.

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