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Prior Authorization Code Updates for Some Commercial Members, Effective Oct. 1, 2021

Posted June 24, 2021

What’s changing?
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is changing prior authorization requirements that may apply to some commercial non-HMO members.

A summary of changes is as follows:

  • Oct. 1, 2021 – Adding Genetic Testing Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes to be reviewed by AIM Specialty Health® (AIM)
  • Oct. 1, 2021 – Removing Nasal and Sinus Surgery codes previously reviewed by BCBSIL
  • Oct. 1, 2021 – Removing a Specialty Pharmacy code previously reviewed by BCBSIL
  • Oct. 1, 2021 – Removing  an Orthopedic Musculoskeletal code previously reviewed by BCBSIL

More Information
Refer to the Utilization Management section for the updated procedure code lists. These are posted on the Support Materials (Commercial) page.

Important Reminders
Always check eligibility and benefits first through the Availity® Provider Portal  or your preferred vendor portal, prior to rendering services. This step will confirm prior authorization requirements and utilization management vendors, if applicable.

Even if prior authorization isn’t required for a commercial non-HMO member, you may still want to submit a voluntary predetermination request. This step can help avoid post-service medical necessity review. Checking eligibility and benefits can’t tell you when to request predetermination, since it’s optional. But there’s a Medical Policy Reference List  on our Predetermination page to help you decide.

Services performed without required 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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Checking eligibility and/or benefit information and/or obtaining prior authorization 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, including, but not limited to, exclusions and limitations applicable on the date services were rendered. If you have any questions, call the number on the member's ID card.

AIM Specialty Health (AIM) is an independent company that has contracted with BCBSIL to provide utilization management services for members with coverage through BCBSIL. Availity is a trademark of Availity, LLC, a separate company that operates a health information network to provide electronic information exchange services to medical professionals. Availity provides administrative services to BCBSIL. BCBSIL makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services provided by third party vendors. If you have any questions about the products or services provided by such vendors, you should contact the vendor(s) directly.