Update to Prior Authorization Code Changes for Commercial Members, Effective January 1, 2023

Posted 10/04/2022 - Updated 10/28/2022

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).

In addition, to the changes originally posted Oct. 4, 2022, below are additional changes effective Jan. 1, 2023:

  • Removal of Musculoskeletal – Joint and Spine codes previously reviewed by AIM Specialty Health® (AIM)
  • Removal of a Molecular Genetic Lab code previously reviewed by AIM
  • Removal of a Specialty Pharmacy code previously reviewed by BCBSTX, that will continue to be reviewed by AIM
  • Replacement of a Specialty Pharmacy code reviewed by AIM
  • Removal of Orthopedic Musculoskeletal codes previously reviewed by BCBSTX

Changes posted Oct. 4, 2022 include:

  • Addition of new Medical Oncology and Supportive Care Current drugs and codes to be reviewed by AIM Specialty Health® (AIM)
  • Medical Oncology and Supportive Care codes previously reviewed by BCBSTX to be reviewed by AIM
  • Addition of a Radiation Oncology code to be reviewed by AIM

More Information:

Refer to Prior Authorization Lists on the Utilization Management section of our provider website, Revised lists can be found on the Prior Authorization Lists for Fully Insured and Administrative Services Only (ASO) Plans page.

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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