Additional Changes to Prior Authorization Codes for Medicare Members, Effective July 1, 2023


What’s Changing: In addition, to new codes added as indicated in the previous notice, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX)  removed prior authorization requirements for some ultrasound codes and replaced a specialty drug code for Medicare members to reflect updates from Utilization Management or the American Medical Association (AMA) effective July 1, 2023. The impacted codes were previously reviewed by eviCore healthcare.

The Prior Authorization Lists  previously posted for 07/01/2023, on the Utilization Management section of our provider website on the Prior Authorization Lists for Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (PPO)SM and Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (HMO)SM page, reflect these changes.

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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