Prior Authorization Codes Updated for Commercial Members, Effective Jan. 1, 2023
What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) is changing prior authorization requirements that may apply to some commercial members to reflect new, replaced or removed codes. These changes are based on updates from Utilization Management prior authorization assessment, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code changes released by the American Medical Association 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.
- Jan. 1, 2023 – Removal of Musculoskeletal – Joint and Spine codes previously reviewed by AIM Specialty Health® (AIM)
- Jan. 1, 2023 – Removal of a Molecular Genetic Lab code previously reviewed by AIM
- Jan. 1, 2023 – Removal of a Specialty Pharmacy code previously reviewed by BCBSOK, that will continue to be reviewed by AIM
- Jan. 1, 2023 – Replacement of a Specialty Pharmacy code reviewed by AIM
- Jan. 1, 2023 – Removal of Orthopedic Musculoskeletal codes previously reviewed by BCBSOK
Contact your Network Representative for additional training on using the AIM Specialty Health ProviderPortal.
More Information: For a revised list of codes, go to our provider website in the preauthorization 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.
AIM Specialty Health (AIM) is an independent company that has contracted with BCBSOK to provide utilization management services for members with coverage through BCBSOK.
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 BCBSOK.