Prior Authorization Codes Updated, Effective January 1 

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. 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.

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:

  •  Jan. 1, 2023 – Addition of Medical Oncology and Supportive Care drugs (reported with unlisted codes) and other additions to drug codes to be reviewed by AIM Specialty Health® (AIM)
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Medical Oncology and Supportive Care drug codes previously reviewed by BCBSNM to be reviewed by AIM
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Addition of a Radiation Oncology code to be reviewed by AIM
  • Jan. 1, 2023 Addition of prior authorization codes to be reviewed by BCBSNM (BCCC)
  • Jan. 1, 2023 Removal of prior authorization codes previously reviewed by BCBSNM (BCCC)

More Information: Refer to the updated Preauthorization CPT Code Lists section in the Preauthorization 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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