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

Jun. 21, 2021

What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana (BCBSMT) is changing prior authorization requirements for Medicare and Healthy Montana Kids (HMK) 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® Learn more about third-party links 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, 2021 - Addition of Genetic Testing codes to be reviewed by eviCore
  • Oct. 1, 2021 - Addition of Specialty Drug codes to be reviewed by eviCore (Exclude HMK)
  • Oct. 1, 2021 - Addition of Medical Oncology codes be reviewed by eviCore

Note: For HMK members, Specialty Drugs are reviewed by BCBSMT.

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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