Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Codes Updated for Prior Authorization for Medicare  

What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) is changing prior authorization requirements for Medicare members to reflect new, replaced or removed codes due to updates from Utilization Management prior authorization assessment, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code changes released by the American Medical Association (AMA) or Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) changes from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services.

A summary of changes is included below.

Important Reminder: 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.

Changes Include:

  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Addition of Sleep drug codes to be reviewed by eviCore
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Addition of a Radiation Oncology code to be reviewed by eviCore
  • Jan. 1, 2023 Addition of a Specialty Drug code to be reviewed by eviCore
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Addition of prior authorization codes to be reviewed by BCBSOK
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Removal of prior authorization codes previously reviewed by BCBSOK

More Information: For a complete and up-to-date list of codes, go to our provider website in the prior authorization section.


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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.

eviCore healthcare (eviCore) is an independent specialty medical benefits management company that provides utilization management services for BCBSOK.


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