Medical Benefit Drugs

Some drugs require prior authorization before they can be delivered or administered in a physician's office, clinic, outpatient or home setting. This page offers resources for providers requesting prior authorization for BCN commercial and BCN AdvantageSM physician-administered (infusible/injectable) drugs billed under the medical benefit.

The process of requesting prior authorization for medical benefit drugs differs according to the member's coverage and the type of drug:

  • For BCN commercial members:
    • For most medical benefit drugs, submit prior authorization requests through the NovoLogix® web tool. This includes authorization requests for CAR-T cell therapy drugs.

    • For medical oncology and supportive care drugs, AIM Specialty Health® manages the authorization process effective Aug. 1, 2019.
  • For BCN Advantage members:
    • For most medical benefit drugs, submit prior authorization requests through the NovoLogix web tool. This includes authorization requests for CAR-T cell therapy drugs.
    • For medical oncology and supportive care drugs, submit prior authorization requests to AIM.

Did you know?

When you submit your medical drug authorization requests electronically, there are many benefits:

  • Faster response times on your requests
  • Approvals within minutes (Some requests require more time.)
  • Reduced administrative time
  • Clinical criteria to guide you in submitting the proper information

Below, you'll find information on how to submit a medical drug prior authorization request electronically for BCN commercial and BCN Advantage members. You'll also find other helpful resources.

IMPORTANT! Always verify eligibility and benefits for each member at each visit. A prior authorization approval is not a guarantee of payment.


BCN commercial

For BCN commercial members, select from below:

How to submit requests electronically using NovoLogix

  1. Verify that the member is eligible and has the appropriate benefits.
  2. Determine whether there are authorization or site-of-care requirements by reviewing the Blue Cross and BCN utilization management medical drug list (PDF).

    For Lemtrada® and Tysabri®, see the drug list for additional information related to the site-of-care requirements.

    BCN commercial Oncology Management Program drugs are handled by AIM. See the section titled "How to submit requests electronically to AIM."

  3. Determine whether there are quantity limits by reviewing the document titled Blue Cross and BCN quantity limits for medical drugs (PDF).
  4. Log in to our provider portal (availity.com*)
  5. Click Payer Spaces on the menu bar and then click the BCBSM and BCN logo.
  6. In the Applications tab, click the NovoLogix BCN/BCN Advantage tile.
  7. Select an organization (if appropriate), select a provider and click Submit.

How to submit requests electronically to AIM

  1. Verify that the member is eligible and has the appropriate benefits.
  2. Confirm that the drug requires prior authorization through AIM by reviewing the Medical oncology prior authorization list for Blue Cross and BCN commercial members (PDF).

    Note: When prescribing drugs that are on this list for non-oncology diagnoses, don’t submit the prior authorization request to AIM. Instead, fax all clinical documentation to the Pharmacy Clinical Help Desk at 1-877-402-7695.

  3. Log in to our provider portal (availity.com*).
  4. Click Payer Spaces on the menu bar and then click the BCBSM and BCN logo.
  5. In the Applications tab, click the AIM Provider Portal tile.
  6. Select an organization (if appropriate), select a provider and click Submit.

For additional information, refer to:

Other resources

Newsletter articles (PDF)

Lemtrada and Tysabri site-of-care program: FAQ (PDF)

In-network home infusion therapy providers and ambulatory infusion centers (PDF)

Audaire Health:

Medical Router

Medication authorization request forms

 

BCN Advantage

Select specialty medications covered under the Medicare Part B medical benefit require prior authorization for members covered under Blue Cross Medicare Advantage plans, including BCN Advantage.

For BCN Advantage members, select from below:

How to submit requests electronically using NovoLogix

  1. Verify that the member is eligible and has the appropriate benefits.
  2. Confirm that the drug requires prior authorization by reviewing the Medicare Plus Blue and BCN Advantage drug list. (PDF)
  3. Log in to our provider portal (availity.com*)
  4. Click Payer Spaces on the menu bar and then click the BCBSM and BCN logo.
  5. In the Applications tab, click the NovoLogix BCN/BCN Advantage tile.
  6. Select an organization (if appropriate), select a provider and click Submit to access NovoLogix.

How to submit requests electronically to AIM

Starting Jan. 1, 2020:

  1. Verify that the member is eligible and has the appropriate benefits.
  2. Confirm that the drug requires prior authorization through AIM by reviewing the Medicare Plus Blue and BCN Advantage drug list (PDF).

    Note: When prescribing drugs that are on this list for non-oncology diagnoses, don’t submit the prior authorization request to AIM. Instead, call the Pharmacy Clinical Help Desk at 1-800-437-3803.

  3. Log in to our provider portal (availity.com*).
  4. Click Payer Spaces on the menu bar and then click the BCBSM and BCN logo.
  5. In the Applications tab, click the AIM Provider Portal tile.
  6. Select an organization (if appropriate), select a provider and click Submit.

For additional information, refer to:

Other resources

BCN Advantage HMO-POS and BCN Advantage medical drug policies and forms webpage

Authorization of Part B specialty medications: Frequently asked questions for providers

BCN Provider News archive

RC Claim Assist tool

RC Claim Assist is a web-based resource available to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network contracted providers who bill for drugs covered under the medical benefit. RC Claim Assist provides an inclusive overview of medical drug products and a calculation tool to identify the correct National Drug Code and CPT codes to bill, along with the correct NDC quantity, unit of measure and HCPCS billable units according to the package information.

To access RC Claim Assist

  1. Log in to our provider portal (availity.com*).
  2. Click Payer Spaces on the menu bar and then click the BCBSM and BCN logo.
  3. In the Applications tab, click the “RC Claim Assist medical drug coding tool” tile and follow the prompts.

IMPORTANT! The RC Claim Assist drug pricing information is not based on the Blue Cross or BCN administration fee schedule.

For all claims and billing questions, contact PARS / Provider Inquiry at these numbers:

  • Physicians and professionals: 1-800-344-8525
  • Hospitals or facilities: 1-800-249-5103

Training resources

To help you learn to use the NovoLogix web tool:

  • NovoLogix training video on requesting authorizations:
    1. Click to open the video*.
    2. Click the arrow located in the center of the "Provider Authorization Video Tutorial" box, to start the video.
  • NovoLogix user guide for BCN providers (PDF)
  • Billing instructions: Reporting the NDC (PDF)
  • Web-based training about NDC billing - Go to our dedicated provider training site*, search on “NDC” and click “National Drug Code billing for medical drug benefits” to start the course.

    Note: To register for the provider training site, click here*. We recommend using the same email you use to communicate with Blue Cross for provider-related needs. This will become your user ID.

Additional resources

Need additional assistance?

For additional help, call the Pharmacy Clinical Help Desk at 1-800-437-3803.

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