Prior Authorization Updates

What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is changing prior authorization requirements that may apply for some commercial members to reflect new, replaced or removed codes. These changes are based on updates from Utilization Management prior authorization assessment, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code changes released by the American Medical Association or Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) changes from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. A summary of changes is included below.

Note: these changes are updates to Prior Authorization requirements for Administrative Services Only accounts and for optional Recommended Clinical Review for Fully Insured members.

Important Reminder: Always check eligibility and benefits first through the Availity® Provider Portal or your preferred vendor portal, prior to rendering services. This step will confirm prior authorization requirements and utilization management vendors, if applicable.

Changes include:

  • April 1, 2024 – Addition of Genetic Testing codes reviewed by Carelon Medical Benefits Management
  • April 1, 2024 – Addition of Infusion Site of Care codes to be reviewed by BCBSNM
  • April 1, 2024 – Addition of Medical Oncology drug codes to be reviewed by Carelon
  • April 1, 2024 – Removal of Medical Oncology drug codes previously reviewed by Carelon
  • Jan. 1, 2024 – Removal of a Specialty Pharmacy code previously reviewed by BCBSNM

More Information: Refer to the updated Preauthorization CPT Code Lists section in the Pre Service Reviews 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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Carelon Medical Benefits Management (Carelon) is an independent company that has contracted with BCBSNM to provide utilization management services for members with coverage through BCBSNM.

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