Blue Cross Blue Shield

Dos and Don’ts of Using Modifier 22 - 04/25/2019

Sometimes the work to provide a service is “substantially greater” than typically required on the date of services. When this happens, document the extra work by adding modifier 22 to the procedure code.


Charging Concierge Fees to BCBSTX Patients - 04/23/2019

Although Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) places limits on the additional fees participating network physicians can charge BCBSTX patients, some are allowed when you provide concierge services.


Expect HEDIS Records Requests From Third Parties - 02/28/2019

If a company called Ciox Health contacts your office on behalf of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas or UnitedHealthcare, it is because both insurers have contracted with Ciox to collect performance data they are required by law to report.


Don’t Fall for Credentialing Scam, Blue Cross Says - 10/23/2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas warns physicians to be aware of a scammer that is offering to help doctors become credentialed with the insurance company for $250.


Blue Cross HMO Emergency Payment Review Policy Begins - 08/10/2018

Beginning today, Blue Cross Blue and Shield of Texas will require some members to pay 100 percent of their medical bills if they go to an out-of-network emergency room for certain non-life-threatening conditions, company officials have confirmed.


From Blue Cross: What to Fax, Where to Find Answers - 08/07/2018

Here is a heads up on a couple of changes in Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas’ preauthorization and predetermination processes.


Blue Cross to Put Off HMO Emergency Coverage Policy Until August - 06/27/2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will delay for 60 days a new HMO emergency care policy it had originally planned to begin on Monday, June 4.


Submitting Med Records, and More Tips From Blue Cross - 06/26/2018

Here’s some news you can use from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.


Blue Cross Payment Cut on Tap for Some Diagnostic Services - 06/19/2018

Effective July 1, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will cut payments for certain diagnostic procedures. The cut will apply to diagnostic cardiovascular and ophthalmology procedures that are billed for the same patient on the same day.


Blue Cross Says MOC Not Needed for BlueCompare - 05/30/2018

Physicians across the state reacted strongly to a March 5 letter from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCSTX) that implied the state’s largest insurance company is now using maintenance of certification (MOC) to rate physicians. That was not the intent, the company’s president says.


TMA Seeks TDI Review of Blue Cross HMO Emergency Policy - 05/10/2018

The Texas Medical Association and 18 other Texas medical societies are asking the Texas Department of Insurance to review a new Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas policy that could require some HMO members to pay 100 percent of their out-of-network emergency medical bills.


Some Blue Cross Members Could Pay 100 Percent of ER Bill - 05/01/2018

The Texas Medical Association has reached out to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas to obtain more details on a new HMO emergency care policy at BCBSTX unveiled this week.


Private Payer Roundup, January 2015 - 04/27/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists. Find out about drug formulary changes, coding tips, a prior authorization change, and more.


Private Payer Round-Up, May 2014 - 04/26/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists.


Vaccine News and Notes - 04/26/2018

Medicare pricing, some guides, and a payer policy clarification: Stay up to date.


Private Payer Roundup, November 2016 - 04/26/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists. Find out what policy and other changes payers are rolling out for 2017.


Make a Child’s Holiday a Little Safer - 04/23/2018

Soon, there will be more little Texans riding bicycles because some not-for-profit organizations give bikes to underprivileged children as a holiday gift. Help ensure they have a safe experience when riding their new bike by giving the gift of health: a helmet.


BCBS Aids 2013 Hard Hats Program - 04/23/2018

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) will continue its strong support of TMA's Hard Hats for Little Heads (HHLH) program in 2013. BCBS recently made a major gift earmarked for HHLH to the TMA Foundation. It is the seventh year BCBS has supported TMA's award-winning prevention program.


UHC Termination Date Correction, BCBSTX EFT Error - 04/20/2018

When checking eligibility for HealthSelect of Texas (Employees Retirement System) members, practices may see two lines of coverage.


Blue Cross Reverses Preauth Requirements — Payer Newsletter Excerpt - 04/19/2018

As a result of “feedback from the provider community,” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas has removed 111 procedure codes from its preauthorization requirements related to additional care categories of codes.


Private Payer Round-Up, January 2013 - 04/19/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists.


Private Payer Round-Up, April 2013 - 04/19/2018

In case you missed these — here is a round-up of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists (April 2103).


Private Payer Round-Up, September 2013 - 04/19/2018

Formulary, preauthorization, and precertification changes and more … TMA’s reimbursement specialists have rounded up these other coding, payment, and policy changes and tips from commercial payers.


Private Payer Round-Up, October 2013 - 04/19/2018

In case you missed these — here is a roundup of useful items from health care payment plans’ newsletters and updates, compiled by TMA’s reimbursement specialists.


Payer Roundup, January 2016 - 04/19/2018

TMA’s reimbursement specialists give you a heads up and suggestions regarding some insurance hassles; also, find out about preauthorization changes, and new Medicare drug testing codes.