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 (BCCC) 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 – Removal of Orthopedic Musculoskeletal codes previously reviewed by BCBSNM
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Code list will be updated Jan. 1, 2023 to include codes for the existing PA Transplant Category. There is no change to BCBSNM’s PA requirements.
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Replacement of a Specialty Pharmacy code reviewed by BCBSNM
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Removal of Outpatient Surgery-Obesity codes previously reviewed by BCBSNM
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Removal of Behavioral Health codes previously reviewed by BCBSNM
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Replacement of Behavioral Health codes reviewed by BCBSNM
  • Jan. 1, 2023 – Removal of Molecular Genetic Testing codes previously reviewed by AIM (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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