Availity® Authorizations

Availity’s Authorizations tool (HIPAA-standard 278 transaction) allows providers to electroniclly submit prior authorization requests for inpatient admissions and select outpatient services handled by BCBSIL. Providers can also check status on previously submitted requests and/or update applicable existing requests.

Benefits of using this online functionality:

  • No separate user enrollment needed
  • Direct access within Availity Essentials
  • Simplified 5-step process

How to access and use Availity Authorizations:

  1. Log in to Availity 
  2. Select Patient Registration menu option, choose Authorizations & Referrals, then Authorizations
  3. Select Payer BCBSIL, then choose your organization
  4. Select a Request Type and start request
  5. Review and submit your request

For additional details, refer to the Authorizations User Guide .

Important Tips: 

  • Check eligibility and benefits online first to determine if benefit prior authorization is required for the service and/or procedure code(s). To learn more about checking eligibility and benefits via Availity, refer to the Eligibility and Benefits User Guide .
  • Authorizations managed by AIM Specialty Health® (AIM) are handled through the AIM portal .
  • Authorizations managed by eviCore healthcare (eviCore) are handled through the eviCore portal .
  • Predetermination of benefit requests may be submitted via Availity, or by fax or mail using the appropriate form in the Forms section. Learn how to submit electronically by referring to the Availity Attachments: Submit Predetermination of Benefits Online page.

Providers who are not yet registered with Availity, can sign up today at Availity , at no charge. If you need registration assistance, contact Availity Client Services at 800-282-4548.

Questions?

Email our Provider Education Consultants. Be sure to include your name, direct contact information, Tax ID and/or Billing NPI.

 

Checking eligibility and/or benefit information 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. If you have any questions, please call the number on the member’s ID card.

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 third party vendors and the products and services they offer.

eviCore is an independent specialty medical benefits management company that provides utilization management services for BCBSIL. eviCore is wholly responsible for its own products and services. BCBSIL makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding third party vendors and the products and services they offer.

AIM Specialty Health is an independent medical benefits management company that provides utilization management services for BCBSIL. BCBSIL makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding third party vendors and the products and services they offer.