Update to Prior Authorization Codes for Medicare and Medicaid Members
What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is changing prior authorization requirements for Medicare and Medicaid members to reflect new, replaced or removed codes due to updates from Utilization Management or the American Medical Association (AMA). A summary of changes is included below.
For Medicare: Refer to Prior Authorization Lists on the Utilization Management section of our provider website. The revised lists can be found on the Prior Authorization Lists for Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (PPO)SM and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (HMO)SM page.
For Medicaid: Refer to Prior Authorization Lists and Reports on the Utilization Management section of our Medicaid provider website.
- July 1, 2021 - Removal of Advanced Imaging codes previously reviewed by eviCore
- July 1, 2021 - Removal of Genetic Testing codes previously reviewed by eviCore
- July 1, 2021 - Adding Genetic Testing codes to be reviewed by eviCore
- July 1, 2021 - Adding Specialty Drug codes to be reviewed by eviCore
Check Eligibility and Benefits: To identify if a service requires prior authorization for our members, check eligibility and benefits through Availity® or your preferred vendor.
Avoid post-service medical necessity reviews and delays in claim processing by obtaining prior authorization before rendering services. If prior authorization is required, services performed without prior authorization or that do not meet medical necessity criteria may be denied for payment and the rendering provider may not seek reimbursement from the member.
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