Reminder: Prior Authorizations via eviCore for Blue Cross Group Medicare Advantage Plans


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) is expanding members enrolled in Blue Cross Group Medicare Advantage (PPO)℠ programs effective Jan. 1, 2024. As a reminder, Blue Cross Group Medicare Advantage members may require prior authorization (PA) from eviCore healthcare® for certain services as shown below.  Services performed without authorization may not be reimbursed for these healthcare services and you may not seek reimbursement from members.

Authorization is required for:

  • Advanced Radiology Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal – Pain/Joint/Spine
  • Outpatient Sleep
  • Outpatient Specialty Drug
  • Lab Management Solutions – Molecular and Genomic Lab Testing

Note: Effective 01/01/2024 outpatient Medical Oncology and Radiation Therapy do not require eviCore PA.  However, certain Radiation Therapy services will require PA via BCBSTX Medical Management.

Services performed in conjunction with an inpatient stay, 23-hour observation, or emergency room visit are not subject to authorization requirements.

Use Availity® Essentials or your preferred vendor to check eligibility and benefits before rendering services. This step will also help you determine if your services require prior authorization through BCBSTX or eviCore.When services require prior authorization via eviCore, submit the request as  follows:

For urgent requests: If services are required in less than 48 hours due to medically urgent conditions, please submit a request online at eviCore and indicate the procedure is NOT routine/standard. Providers can also request urgent requests by calling the toll-free number at 1-855-252-1117. Be sure to tell the representative the request is for medically urgent care.

We recommend ordering physicians request authorization and pass the approval information to the rendering facilities at the time of scheduling.  Authorizations contain approval numbers and one or more CPT codes specific to the services authorized. If the service requested and/or performed is different than what was initially authorized, the rendering facility must contact eviCore to make revisions to the authorization prior to claim submission.

Have questions about requesting authorizations? Attend on online orientation session!

The orientation schedule and program training resources are available on the eviCore resources site then select Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas from drop down list.

eviCore healthcare’s Clinical Guidelines and request forms are available on the eviCore website. Please call Client and Provider Services department at 1(800) 646-0418 (Option 4) if you have any questions or need more information.

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BCBSTX makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services provided by third party vendors.

Prior authorization determines whether the proposed service or treatment meets the definition of medical necessity under the applicable benefit plan. Prior authorization of a service is not a guarantee of payment of benefits. Payment of benefits is subject to several factors, including, but not limited to, eligibility at the time of service, payment of premiums/contributions, amounts allowable for services, supporting medical documentation, and other terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the member’s policy certificate and/or benefits booklet and or summary plan description. Regardless of any Prior authorization or benefit determination, the final decision regarding any treatment or service is between the patient and the health care provider.