Update to Prior Authorization Codes for Commercial Members

What’s New: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) will be updating its lists of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes requiring prior authorization, for some commercial members, to reflect new, replaced or removed codes due to updates from Utilization Management or the American Medical Association (AMA).

More Information: Refer to Prior Authorization Lists on the Utilization Management section of our provider website, The new lists can be found on the Prior Authorization Lists for Fully Insured and Administrative Services Only (ASO) Plans link and will have an effective date of:

  • Jan. 1, 2021 - Updated to include additional codes added by the AMA
  • April 1, 2021 – New lists to include Utilization Management updates.

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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