Some medical benefit drugs for Medicare Advantage members need step therapy, starting Jan. 1

In the new year, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services guidance, certain Medicare Part B specialty drugs will have additional step therapy authorization requirements. This will apply to Medicare Plus BlueSM PPO and BCN AdvantageSM members for dates of service on or after Jan. 1, 2019.

Step therapy is treatment for a medical condition that starts with the most preferred drug therapy and progresses to other drug therapies only if necessary. The goal of step therapy is to encourage better clinical decision-making.

What's changing?

For drugs requiring step therapy, authorization request questions will be different from the ones you currently answer. Some examples of drugs that require step therapy are:

Use NovoLogix® to submit authorization requests

We encourage you to send prior authorization requests for Medicare Part B specialty drugs through the NovoLogix web tool via Provider Secured Services. It's the most efficient way to get a determination.

Look for more information on step therapy requirements in upcoming issues of The Record and BCN Provider News.

Posted: October 2018
Lines of business: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network