Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Codes Updated for Prior Authorization, Jan. 1, 2022

December 7, 2021

What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) is removing prior authorization requirements that may apply for some commercial and Medicaid Blue Cross Community CentennialSM (BCCC) members to reflect new, replaced or removed codes due to updates from Utilization Management or the American Medical Association (AMA). A summary of changes is included below.

Important Reminder: Always check eligibility and benefits first through Availity® Learn more about third-party links or your preferred vendor, prior to rendering services. This step will confirm prior authorization requirements and utilization management vendors, if applicable.

Changes include:

  • Jan. 1, 2022 – Removal of Spinal Cord Stimulation codes previously reviewed by BCBSNM (Commercial)
  • Jan. 1, 2022 – Removal of Multiple Stimulation codes previously reviewed by BCBSNM (Commercial)
  • Jan. 1, 2022 – Removal of Radiation Oncology codes previously reviewed by AIM (Commercial and BCCC)
  • Jan. 1, 2022 – Removal of Advanced Imaging codes previously reviewed by AIM (Commercial and BCCC)
  • Jan. 1, 2022 – Removal of Medical Oncology codes previously reviewed by AIM (Commercial and BCCC)

More Information: Refer to the updated Prior Authorization CPT Code Lists section in the Prior Authorization area of the website. The code changes will be designated with dates of removal or addition.

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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