Standards and Requirements

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides coverage to individuals and families who do not have access to employer-sponsored insurance and/or are not eligible for government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employee Program, etc). Learn More

ANSI v5010

The means by which Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) exchanges member data with providers will change dramatically over the next several years. The changes — upgrading ANSI v4010 to ANSI v5010 and ICD-9 to ICD-10 — are required by a new directive from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). That directive makes the same requirement of providers. Learn more

Clinical Payment and Coding Policies

Clinical payment and coding policies are based on criteria developed by specialized professional societies, MCG Health national guidelines and the CMS Provider Reimbursement Manual. Learn more

Consolidated Appropriations Act & Transparency in Coverage

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 and the Transparency in Coverage Final Rule will impact many of our members starting Jan. 1, 2022. As providers caring for our members, you may be impacted as well. Learn more

Disclosure Notices

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) uses the BCBSTX Provider website to publish disclosure notices. The website allows BCBSTX to disclose changes in a timely and comprehensive manner. View all Disclosure Notices

Federal Employee Program (FEP)

For information regarding Federal Employee Program® (FEP®) Medical Policies or Federal Employee Program Service Benefit Plan Brochure, please go to

General Reimbursement Information

This site contains the BCBSTX General Reimbursement Information including the provider manuals. A password is necessary to access certain information. View General Reimbursement Information


On Jan. 16, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule mandating that everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) must transition from ICD-9 code sets and adopt ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes and ICD-10-PCS procedure codes. Learn more


The BCBSTX Provider Manuals are reference tools for providers. These manuals provide detailed policies, procedures and requirements necessary for participation in the BCBSTX contracting provider networks. Learn more

Medical Policies

Medical Policies are based on research that provides evidence of scientific merit for a particular medical technology. In most cases, they are used as guidelines for coverage determinations in health care benefit programs. Explore more about Medical Policies.