COVID-19 Initiatives Important Dates

May. 20, 2020
Updated June 22, 2020
Updated July 2, 2020
Updated Aug. 10, 2020
Updated Sept. 10, 2020

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) has taken steps to make access to the testing and treatment for our members easier and less expensive during this national health emergency. We have extended the duration of these measures to continue serving our members.

The chart below details those dates. We will continue to monitor the situation and update as needed. Check our provider site and News & Updates for the latest information on each initiative.

Initiative

Start Date

End Date

Chest CT Scan without Prior Authorization

March 2, 2020

Open ended*

COVID-19 Testing Cost-Share Waiver

March 7, 2020

End of Health and Human Services (HHS) public health emergency

COVID-19 Testing-Related Visits Cost-Share Waiver

March 18, 2020

End of HHS public health emergency

COVID-19 Treatment Cost -Share Waiver

April 1, 2020

Oct. 23, 2020*

Credentialing Simplified

April 3, 2020

End of HHS public health emergency

Interfacility Transfer without Prior Authorization

April 1, 2020

May 15, 2020 - EXPIRED

Prior Authorization Extension

Services scheduled between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020

Dec. 31, 2020

Telemedicine Expansion, Cost-Share Waiver

March 18, 2020

Members will have access to the expanded telemedicine services through Dec. 31, 2020.

The cost-share waiver will end on Dec. 31, 2020* for commercial and retail members. Copays, deductibles and coinsurance will apply after Dec. 31, 2020.

The cost-share waiver will end on Dec. 31, 2020* for Medicare members

*Services that were originally scheduled to end May 31, 2020

Expired Services: We temporarily lifted the prior authorization requirement to transfer a member from an acute care facility to a lower level of care. That has now expired. The prior authorizations that had been in effect prior to April 1, 2020, are now re-enacted.

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