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Preauthorization

Also known as prior authorization, pre-notification or pre-certification, preauthorization confirms that a physicians' plan of treatment meets medical necessity criteria under the applicable health benefit plan.

For additional information, refer to the Pre-Service Review for Out-of-Area Members tip sheet, located with other tip sheets under iExchange® on the Provider Tools page. You can also refer to the Electronic Provider Access (EPA) FAQs for additional information. For more information about iExchange, including how to register if you are not a current user or training opportunities, visit the Provider Tools page.

Eligibility and Benefits Reminder: Obtain eligibility and benefits first to confirm membership, verify coverage and determine whether or not preauthorization is required.

For an overview of the preauthorization process and requirements at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM), refer to Section 10  of the Blues Provider Reference Manual .

Request, Verify or Obtain Preauthorization

Please do not submit additional documentation unless requested by BCBSNM.

  • Electronic requests – Submit electronic preauthorization requests and inquiries (ANSI 278 transactions) through Availity®  or your preferred electronic health information technology vendor.
  • Online approvalsSign up to use iExchange® – an online tool that supports direct submissions and provides online approval of benefits for inpatient admissions and select outpatient services. Learn more about iExchange
  • Fax request – Complete the Preauthorization Request form
  • Telephone Inquiries – Call the preauthorization number on the back of the member's ID card. Or, call our Health Services department at 800-325-8334 or 505-291-3585.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health Services Department at 800-325-8334.

Preauthorization does not guarantee payment. All payments are subject to determination of the insured person's eligibility, payment of required deductibles, copayments and coinsurance amounts, eligibility of charges as covered expenses, and application of the exclusions and limitations and other provisions of the policy at the time the services are rendered.

Predetermination

A Predetermination is a written request for verification of benefits prior to rendering services.

  • Recommended when the service may be considered experimental, investigational or cosmetic
  • Approvals and denials often are based on approved BCBSNM Medical Policies
  • Not a substitute for the eligibility and benefits verification process

How to Submit a Request for Review

  • Complete the Predetermination Request Form 
  • Use this form to request review of a previously denied predetermination of benefits
  • You will be notified when a final outcome has been reached

Predetermination does not guarantee payment. All payments are subject to determination of the insured person's eligibility, payment of required deductibles, copayments and coinsurance amounts, eligibility of charges as covered expenses, application of the exclusions and limitations, and other provisions of the policy at the time services are rendered.



For behavioral health services, call 888-898-0070 for authorizations, benefits, and eligibility information. Refer to Section 12, Behavioral Health Services , of the Blues Provider Reference Manual.


If you are providing services to out-of-area Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) members, please note:


Refer to the Health Care Management section of the Blue Cross Community CentennialSM provider manual for information about preauthorization requirements for Medicaid members. Preauthorizations can be obtained by calling the BCBSNM Medicaid program number at 1-877-232-5518.

Centennial Care Prior Authorization Requirements


Refer to the Blue Cross Medicare AdvantageSM section of the Blues Provider Reference Manual for information about preauthorization requirements for Medicare members.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) has contracted with eviCore healthcare (eviCore)* to provide certain utilization management services for the following services on and after Oct. 3, 2016:

  • Outpatient Molecular and Genomic Testing
  • Outpatient Radiation Therapy

BCBSNM may require preauthorization (for medical necessity under the applicable benefit plan)** by eviCore for outpatient molecular and genomic testing and outpatient radiation therapy under the following benefit plan(s):

  • All retail plans
  • All fully insured small and large commercial groups

Beginning Sept. 26, 2016, providers will be able to contact eviCore to request preauthorization for dates of service on and after Oct. 3, 2016, for outpatient molecular and genomic testing and outpatient radiation therapy.

Check this site regularly for updates that will include:

  • Future webinars regarding registration to utilize eviCore
  • eviCore web portal address you may bookmark
  • eviCore contact information

For additional information:

* eviCore is a trademark of eviCore healthcare, LLC, formerly known as CareCore, an independent company that provides utilization review for select health care services on behalf of BCBSNM.
** Preauthorization determines whether the proposed service or treatment meets the definition of medical necessity under the applicable benefit plan. Preauthorization of a service is not a guarantee of payment of benefits. Payment of benefits is subject to several factors, including, but not limited to, eligibility at the time of service, payment of premiums/contributions, amounts allowable for services, supporting medical documentation, and other terms, conditions, limitations, and exclusions set forth in the member’s policy certificate and/or benefits booklet and or summary plan description. Regardless of any preauthorization or benefit determination, the final decision regarding any treatment or service is between the patient and the health care provider.