Update to Prior Authorization Codes for Medicare Members
What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is changing prior authorization requirements for Medicare 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.
Changes will include:
- Oct. 1, 2021 - Addition of Genetic Testing codes to be reviewed by eviCore®
- Oct. 1, 2021 - Addition of Specialty Drug codes to be reviewed by eviCore
- Oct. 1, 2021 - Addition of Medical Oncology codes be reviewed by eviCore
To view the prior authorization list, refer to Prior Authorization Lists for Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (PPO)SM and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (HMO)SM.
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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