Current Procedural Terminology® (CPT) Codes Updated for Prior Authorization 

March 7, 2022

What’s Changing: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) is changing prior authorization requirements that may apply for some commercial and Medicaid Blue Cross Community CentennialSM 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® or your preferred vendor, prior to rendering services. This step will confirm prior authorization requirements and utilization management vendors, if applicable.

Changes include:

  • March 1, 2022 – Replacement of Medical Oncology code J2505 with code J2506 reviewed by AIM Specialty Health® (AIM) (Commercial and Medicaid)
  • April 1, 2022 – Removal of Orthopedic Musculoskeletal codes previously reviewed by BCBSNM (Commercial Only)
  • April 1, 2022 – Removal of a Wound Care code previously reviewed by BCBSNM (Commercial Only)
  • April 1, 2022 – Removal of Musculoskeletal Joint and Spine codes previously reviewed by AIM (Commercial and Medicaid)
  • April 1, 2022 – Removal of Musculoskeletal Pain codes previously reviewed by AIM (Commercial and Medicaid)


More Information: Refer to the updated Preauthorization 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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Availity is a trademark of Availity, L.L.C., a separate company that operates a health information network to provide electronic information exchange services to medical professionals. Availity provides administrative services to BCBSNM.

AIM Specialty Health (AIM) is an independent company that has contracted with BCBSNM to provide utilization management services for members with coverage through BCBSNM.