Availity® Tools To Support Providers In 2022

Dec. 10, 2021

In November we highlighted changes starting Jan. 1, 2022, for the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2021 and the Transparency in Coverage Final Rule. To further support you, the Availity Provider Portal Learn more about third-party links helps providers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) quickly and securely share information, including information defined by the CAA.

You can access the self-service tools below through the Availity portal. Refer to the below Resources for each tool to learn more, including instructional user guides and important tips.

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  • For help registering, contact Availity Client Services at 800-282-4548.
  • If you need customized training or help with these tools, contact our Provider Education Consultants.


Administrative Tools


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Provider Data Management
(Professional Providers only)

Verify and update your provider directory information with BCBSMT every 90 days.

Provider Directory Information Verification

User Guide coming soon to Provider Tools section

Fee Schedule Listing
(Professional Providers only)

Electronically request up to 20 procedure codes and immediately receive the contracted price allowance for services.

Fee Schedule User Guide

Pre-Service Tools


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Eligibility and Benefits Inquiry

Verify real-time patient eligibility, check coverage details, determine prior authorization requirements and view and/or print an image of the member’s ID card.

New Information on Member ID Cards

Eligibility and Benefits User Guide

Patient ID Finder

Obtain the BCBSMT patient ID and group number.

Patient ID Finder User Guide

Patient Care Summary

Obtain a consolidated view of a patient’s health care history within the last 24 months.

Patient Care Summary User Guide

Attachments: Predetermination Requests*

Submit predetermination of benefits requests handled by BCBSMT.

Predetermination of Benefits Requests User Guide


Submit prior authorization requests handled by BCBSMT.

Authorizations User Guide

Post-Service Tools


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Claim Status

Check enhanced, real-time claim status.

Claim Status User Guide

Independent Dispute Resolution (IDR)

Initiate a claim dispute for non-contracted providers.

Surpise Billing Provisions of No Surprises Act

User Guide coming soon to Provider Tools section

Clinical Claim Appeal Requests**

Submit appeal requests for specific clinical claim denials using the Availity Claim Status tool, when applicable.

Electronic Clinical Claim Appeal Requests User Guide

Research Procedure Code Edits (Clear Claim Connection™)*

Determine how coding combinations on a specific claim may be evaluated during the adjudication process.

Clear Claims Connection Instruction Guide

National Drug Code (NDC) Units Calculator

Convert applicable classified or specified Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) or Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) codes to NDC units.

NDC Units Calculator Tool User Guide

Reporting On-Demand

View, download, save and/or print the Provider Claim Summary (PCS) for finalized claims.

Provider Claim Summary User Guide 

Remittance Viewer

View and reconcile claim data in the 835 Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA).

Remittance Viewer User Guide

Electronic Refund Management (eRM)*

Reconcile claim overpayments and manage refund requests.

eRM User Guide

Claim Inquiry Resolution (CIR)*

Submit claim reconsideration request for certain finalized claims.

CIR User Guide


*Unavailable for Medicare Advantage members.

**Clinical Claim Appeal Requests are currently unavailable for Medicare Advantage and BlueCard® (out-of-area) members.

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.

ClaimsXten and Clear Claim Connection are trademarks of Change Healthcare, an independent company providing coding software to BCBSMT. Change Healthcare is solely responsible for the software and all the contents. Contact the vendor directly with any questions about the products, software and services they provide.

RC Claim Assist™ Copyright 2021 RJ Health. RC Claim Assist™ is a product of RJ Health. RJ Health is an independent third-party vendor that is solely responsible for its products and service.

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 BCBSMT. BCBSMT makes no endorsement, representations or warranties regarding any products or services provided by third party vendors such as Availity. If you have any questions about the products or services provided by such vendors, you should contact the vendor(s) directly.

CPT copyright 2021 American Medical Association (AMA). All rights reserved. CPT is a registered trademark of the AMA.