Recommended Clinical Review (RCR) Option 

What is the Recommended Clinical Review Option

Providers will have the option of submitting a Recommended Clinical Review (RCR) which are reviews for medical necessity before services are provided for both inpatient and outpatient services that are not on the prior authorization lists. 

These reviews are optional and inform the provider of situations where a service will be denied based upon medical necessity.

  • There is no penalty if a provider does not elect to use RCR provided the services are medically necessary.
  • BCBSTX will review the request to determine if it meets approved medical policy, American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) or MCG Guidelines criteria before services are provided for medical and behavioral health services.
  • Once a decision has been made on the services reviewed as part of the RCR process, they will not be reviewed for Medical Necessity again on a retrospective basis. Providers will be notified of an adverse determination and have the opportunity to appeal if the RCR determines the proposed service does not meet medical necessity.

Eligibility and Benefits Reminder: An eligibility and benefits inquiry should be completed first to confirm membership, verify coverage and determine whether or not prior authorization (also known as preauthorization, pre-certification or pre-notification) is required and if no prior authorization can be submitted as a RCR.

Inpatient Services

The RCR option is available for inpatient services that do not require prior authorization for members in Fully Insured Plans (TDI on ID card) and certain Administrative Services Only (ASO) Groups1.  Effective March 1, 2024, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is moving to RCR for certain inpatient services

Submitted claims for services not included as part of a request for RCR, may be reviewed retrospectively.

Refer to the Recommended Clinical Review Services List for Fully Insured & Certain Administrative Services Only (ASO) Groups for applicable services. 

Submitting Inpatient Recommended Clinical Review Requests

  • Providers may submit a RCR:
  • You will be notified when an outcome has been reached.

Outpatient Services Code Lists

Below are lists of codes2 where outpatient RCR may be available:

Submitting Outpatient Recommended Clinical Review Requests

  • Online:Use the Availity Attachments tool to quickly submit RCR requests to BCBSTX via the Availity Portal. For navigation tips, see our user guideElectronic options are preferred to help expedite your request.
  • Fax or Mail: Complete the Recommended Clinical Review Form and fax to BCBSTX using the appropriate fax number listed on the form or mail to P.O. Box 660044, Dallas, TX 75266-0044. The form also may be used to request review of a previously denied RCR requests.

You will be notified when an outcome has been reached.

1Applicable Non-ERISA Administrative Services Only (ASO) Groups

  • BCS - Tegna, Inc - Supplemental Plans - Group # 193219 (Non-ERISA)
  • Speaking Rock Entertainment Center - Group # 290491 (Non-ERISA)
  • Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) (Effective March 1, 2024)

2The attached lists are for reference only and are not intended to be a substitute for checking benefits or BCBSTX medical policies. This list applies only to members who have health insurance through a BCBSTX Plan or who are covered by a group plan administered by BCBSTX. If your patient is covered under a different Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plan, please refer to the Medical Policies of that Plan.

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Recommended Clinical Review does not apply to requests for Texas Medicaid or Medicare Advantage members.

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