Update: New Medicaid and Medicare Preauthorization Requirements through eviCore

Posted March 29, 2017

In February 2017, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) announced new benefit preauthorization requirements, beginning April 3, 2017, for BCBSIL members enrolled in any of the following plans: 

  • Blue Cross Community MMAI (Medicare-Medicaid Plan)SM
  • Blue Cross Community Integrated Care Plan (ICP)SM
  • Blue Cross Community Family Health PlanSM (FHP)
  • Blue Cross Community Managed Long Term Supports and ServicesSM (MLTSS)
  • Blue Cross Medicare Advantage (PPO)SM

The benefit preauthorization requirements will now be effective beginning June 1, 2017. eviCore healthcare (eviCore) will provide utilization management services for the new benefit preauthorization services listed below. Please note that the list for services requiring preauthorization beginning June 1, 2017, has been updated to exclude Cardiac Rhythm Implantable Devices (Crid).

  • Outpatient Molecular Genetics
  • Outpatient Radiation Therapy
  • Musculoskeletal services
    • Chiropractic
    • Physical and Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Therapy
    • Spine Surgery (Outpatient/Inpatient)
    • Spine Lumbar Fusion (Outpatient/Inpatient)
    • Interventional Pain
  • Outpatient Cardiology & Radiology imaging services
    • Pediatric Abdomen Imaging
    • Pediatric Cardiac Imaging
    • Pediatric Chest Imaging
    • Pediatric Head Imaging
    • Pediatric Musculoskeletal Imaging
    • Pediatric Neck Imaging
    • Pediatric Oncology Imaging
    • Pediatric Pelvis Imaging
    • Pediatric Peripheral Nerve Disorders (Pnd) Imaging
    • Pediatric Peripheral Vascular Disease (Pvd) Imaging
    • Pediatric Spine Imaging
    • Abdomen Imaging
    • Cardiac Imaging
    • Chest Imaging
    • Head Imaging
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Neck Imaging
    • Obstetrical Ultrasound Imaging
    • Oncology Imaging
    • Pelvis Imaging
    • Peripheral Nerve Disorders (Pnd) Imaging
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease (Pvd) Imaging
    • Spine Imaging
  • Outpatient Medical Oncology
  • Outpatient Sleep
  • Post-Acute Care
  • Outpatient Specialty Drug

Services performed without preauthorization or that do not meet medical necessity criteria may be denied for payment, and the rendering provider may not seek reimbursement from the member. 

Providers may continue to use iExchange® for all other services that require preauthorization.  

BCBSIL and eviCore will be providing additional information, including training opportunities, in the coming months on the Provider website at and in Blue Review

Our goal is always to support access to quality, affordable health care for our members. If you have any questions, please contact your Provider Network Consultant.

eviCore healthcare (eviCore) is an independent specialty medical benefits management company that provides utilization management services for BCBSIL.  
Please note that the fact that a service has been preauthorized/pre-certified is not a guarantee of payment. Benefits will be determined once a claim is received and will be based upon, among other things, the member’s eligibility and the terms of the member’s certificate of coverage applicable on the date services were rendered.