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BlueCross BlueShield of WNY strives to provide our network of provider practices and facilities with the most current health plan information in a quick and easily accessible manner.

  • An Early Start to 2019-2020 Flu Season?

    August 26, 2019

    It’s impossible to predict the exact timing or severity of the coming flu season. However, Australia’s flu season, which runs six months ahead of ours (May to October), has historically provided an accurate forecast of what’s to come in the U.S. The current Australian flu season could offer especially important insights for us this year.
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  • Confirming Preauthorization and Coding Requirements in Minutes

    August 26, 2019

    We know confirming coverage for services can take time. Our online Code and Comment and Clear Claim Connection tools provide quick and easy 24/7 access to information about preauthorization requirements, CPT and HCPCS codes and modifiers, as well as claims processing.
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  • When to Use Modifier 25

    August 26, 2019

    Clearly documenting services performed helps you get paid quickly and correctly. Modifier 25 can help when used properly.
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  • Medical Protocol and Drug Therapy Guideline Updates Available Online

    August 26, 2019

    We reviewed 58 medical protocols and will post updates online by August 30, 2019. In addition, we updated commercial pharmacy benefit coverage of Cimzia for Crohn’s Disease, effective October 1, 2019.
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  • Addressing Patient Health Literacy

    August 26, 2019

    Since 77 million adults in the U.S. have only limited health literacy, it’s important to make sure your patients understand your directions for their health and safety. We offer tips from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
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  • Palliative Care Program

    August 26, 2019

    We offer care and support at home for BlueCross BlueShield patients with life-limiting illnesses who have had two or more emergency room visits or hospital stays in the past six months. We also work with the patient’s providers to coordinate medical care and community services, and there is no fee for the program.
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  • Update to our Radiation Therapy Preauthorization Process

    August 20, 2019

    We’ve expanded our relationship with National Imaging Associates, Magellan Healthcare (NIA) to help streamline the preauthorization process for Radiation Therapy.
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  • New Programs for Prenatal and Postpartum Services

    August 05, 2019

    We are launching two new programs to support prenatal and postpartum care for your BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Commercial patients.
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  • Social Isolation: Impacting Physical Health

    July 29, 2019

    A recent study by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York confirms not only the prevalence of social isolation, but its impact on the health of our local community.
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  • Collaborative Effort to Improve HPV Vaccination Rates

    July 29, 2019

    Did you know that human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination rates fall far below those of other routine vaccines for adolescents across New York State?
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