Introducing Claim Reconsideration Requests via Availity® Essentials

September 19, 2023

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is excited to announce a convenient new way to submit claim reconsideration requests online for situational finalized claim denials (including BlueCard® out-of-area claims). 

A claim reconsideration is a request to review and/or reevaluate a claim that has been finalized. 

Effective immediately, you can submit reconsideration requests electronically, using Availity’s Dispute Claim capability, which is anchored off the enhanced Claim Status tool. This method of inquiry submission is preferred over faxed/mailed claim disputes, as it allows you to upload supporting documentation and monitor the status – all online.

Please note: This electronic option is not currently available for Illinois Medicaid or Medicare Advantage claims. 

We encourage you to begin using the new method for claim reconsideration requests now, as the Claim Inquiry Resolution (CIR) tool will be retired later in 2023. The claim reconsideration option should be used to inquire on a previously processed claim.

Using this new online offering allows you to: 

  • Manage status
  • Upload supporting documentation with your submission
  • View and print the confirmation and decision
  • Generate a Dashboard view of claim reconsideration request activity
  • View uploaded documents after attaching them to the request*

*Note: Uploaded attachments may take minutes to hours before they are viewable in the request.

Steps to submit claim reconsideration requests online:

  1. Steps to submit claim reconsideration requests online: 
  2. Log in to Availity Essentials
  3. Select Claims & Payments from the navigation menu, then choose Claim Status
  4. Search and locate the claim using the Member or Claim Number options
  5. On the Claim Status results page, select Dispute Claim (if offered and applicable)
  6. Select Reconsideration as the Dispute Reason
  7. Complete the Dispute Request form
  8. Upload supporting documentation
  9. Review and submit your claim reconsideration request

For help with obtaining enhanced claim status online, refer to the Claim Status Tool user guide.

BCBSIL is hosting free instructor-led webinars for providers to learn how to use this new electronic claim reconsideration tool. To register for a training session, select your preferred date and time below.

Availity Administrators must assign users the Claim Status role in Availity Essentials to ensure users can access and submit electronic claim reconsiderations online. If your provider organization is not yet registered with Availity, you can sign up today at Availity, at no charge. For registration help, contact Availity Client Services at 800-282-4548.

For More Information
Watch for the Claim Reconsideration Requests User Guide coming soon to the Provider Tools section of our website. If you need further education or assistance, contact our Provider Education Consultants.

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