Inpatient admissions once again require prompt notification or prior authorization
Blue Cross® Blue Shield® of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is continuing all mandatory waivers required by CMS, the Federal Employee Program® (FEP®), and executive orders – see current list. Effective June 1, 2021, we are once again requiring notification or prior authorization for all inpatient facility admissions. The only exception is for transfers facilitated through the ADHS Arizona Surge Line for patients with, or suspected of having, COVID-19. If required prior authorizations are not obtained, claims may be denied and penalties applied.
Current COVID-19 waivers (06/01/21)
Many BCBSAZ COVID-19 waivers to end May 31 (04/06/21)
Supporting our community
Some examples of how we’ve partnered with state and local leaders include:
• Helping to facilitate testing
• Offering funding for needed supplies
• Contributing to food banks and other community resources to support essential services
• Assisting state leadership in creating multiple, highly efficient COVID-19 vaccination clinic sites
Mitigating exposure through virtual services
Virtual services have become an important part of a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic. BCBSAZ has expanded this coverage and in many cases is waiving member cost share.
Tele-everything – BCBSAZ Quick Reference Guide (03/05/21)