New BlueApprovR Expedites Some Prior Authorizations — Attend a Training to Learn More

February 20, 2023

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) is streamlining the prior authorization process to reduce your workload with the launch of BlueApprovRSM. This new tool in Availity® Essentials expedites approvals for some behavioral health, specialty pharmacy, and outpatient surgical services for many of our commercial members.

BlueApprovRSM tool offers End-to-End Efficiencies

Registered Availity Essentials users have free, 24/7 access to BlueApprovR tool to:

  • Secure real-time approvals for certain services and begin treatment right away
  • Easily attach medical records
  • Check approval status and view history of your request

Provider Training

Attend a free instructor-led webinar session to learn how to use BlueApprovR. To register, select your preferred date and time from the list below. Times listed are Mountain Time:

How to Submit Prior Authorization Requests through BlueApprovR via Availity Essentials

  • In Availity, select Payer Spaces from the navigation menu, then BCBSMT. 
  • On your Payer Spaces page, select the Applications tab and click BlueApprovR.
  • Users will be redirected to BlueApprovR to complete the request online.

Other Prior Authorization Request Methods:

If you’re not a registered Availity user, register today on Otherwise, you may still request prior authorization with BCBSMT by calling the number on the member ID card.

Note: This new tool is currently not available for our Medicare Advantage or Healthy Montana Kids members. Please use your existing process for requesting prior authorization for these members.

Don’t forget – always check eligibility and benefits first for BCBSMT members to confirm if prior authorization is required. This step also will alert you if your request must be submitted through a vendor, rather than BCBSMT.

Provider Resources

Learn how to access BlueApprovR with our new user guide.

For More Information

Continue to watch News and Updates for future program updates, BlueApprovR user guides and training opportunities.

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