We use Carelon Medical Benefits Management (Carelon)* to gather information about the capabilities of our network providers that provide the technical component of the following diagnostic imaging services:

  • Computed Tomography (CT/CTA)
  • Echocardiography
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI/MRA)
  • Mammography
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
  • Ultrasound
  • X-ray

Using Carelon's online assessment tool, OptiNet**, we gather information about our providers' training and capability related to technical imaging services, imaging equipment, capacity and access. The tool will also gather information about providers' compliance with industry standards, such as those established by The Joint Commission, the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Providers may access the OptiNet assessment through iLinkBlue. OptiNet allows you to start, stop and save the assessment as necessary.

*Carelon is an independent company that serves as the imaging authorization manager for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and HMO Louisiana, Inc.

**OptiNet is Carelon's online assessment tool for gathering information about the capabilities of all network providers that perform the technical component of diagnostic imaging services.