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

July 15, 2022

What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) is changing prior authorization requirements for Medicare Advantage members, to reflect new, replaced or removed codes due to updates from Utilization Management or the American Medical Association (AMA).

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.

A summary of changes is included below:

  • Oct. 1, 2022 – Addition of Specialty Drug unlisted codes to be reviewed by eviCore
  • Oct. 1, 2022 – Addition of Musculoskeletal Pain codes to be reviewed by eviCore
  • Oct. 1, 2022 Addition of Radiology codes to be reviewed by eviCore

More Information: For a revised list of codes go to the Predetermination and Preauthorization section of our provider website.

Avoid post-service medical necessity reviews and delays in claim processing by obtaining prior authorization before rendering services. If prior authorization is required, services performed without prior authorization or that do not meet medical necessity criteria may be denied for payment and the rendering provider may not seek reimbursement from the member.

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