BlueLink Newsletter

CareFirst's bimonthly administrative provider newsletter for participating practitioners and their office staff.

2019

Month
Highlights
Cover of BlueLink October 2019 issue October
  • CareFirst makes Changes to Member Cost-Share Initiative
  • CareFirst’s Member Outreach Campaign Addresses Potential Gaps in Care
  • CareFirst Now Requires Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers (ASCs) to Follow NCCI Guidelines
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP) offers Prior Approval Drug Program
  • Reminders for Genetic Testing Prior Authorizations
  • Effective Dates, CPT® Codes and Policy Updates for October
  • New Medical Technology Updates for October
  • CareFirst has Added a List of Standard Approved ASC Codes to the Provider Website
  • Understanding Your Role When You are a Member and a Provider
  • Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Benefit Exhaust Reminder
  • Reminder: Use the Correct Billing Code for Assistant Surgeons
  • CareFirst Updates R881 Code for Diagnosis-Related (DRG) Claims
  • Sign Up for Mental Health First Aid Training
  • Stay Connected – It Matters for Your Patients
  • Are You Up to Date on Best Practices and Quality Standards?
  • Links to News Updates in ‘In Case You Missed It’
Cover of BlueLink August 2019 issue August
  • Avoid Losing Access to CareFirst Direct — User Access Review Due Sept. 30
  • BlueLink Tip — Home-Based Services Program
  • CareFirst Offers Support for Members with Behavioral Health Needs
  • Drug Prior Authorization Enhancement — NCCN Supported Regimen-level Review Coming in November
  • Tell Us What You Think
  • Effective Dates, CPT® Codes and Policy Updates for August
  • New Medical Technology Updates for August
  • Helpful Tips to Avoid Claims Denials for Genetic Testing
  • Complex Psychological Testing No Longer Requires Prior Authorization
  • FEP Provides Advanced Benefit Determination for Some Specialty Drugs
  • Avoid Claims Errors by Submitting the Correct Frequency Code
  • Stay Connected — It Matters for your Patients
  • Come One, Come All…Lactation Consultants Can Participate in Our Medical Networks
  • DME Providers — Time is Running Out, Join the CPAP Program Today
  • Have You Made the Switch to the Enhanced ePA Tool? Make the Switch Today
  • Are You Up to Date on Best Practices and Quality Standards?
  • Links to News Updates in ‘In Case You Missed It’
Cover of BlueLink June 2019 issue June
  • Lactation Consultants Can Now Join CareFirst’s Network
  • CareFirst’s Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Program — Support for Patients Struggling with Mental Illness or Addiction
  • Have You Made the Switch to the Enhanced ePA Tool? Make the Switch Today
  • Clinical Program Highlights: Home-Based Services Program and Hospice and Palliative Care Program
  • BlueLink Tip — Clinical Resources
  • Effective Dates, CPT® Codes and Policy Updates for June
  • New Medical Technology Updates for June
  • Helpful Tips for Claims Submissions
  • Important Claims Information for Freestanding Substance Use Disorder Facilities
  • Three Things to Keep in Mind When Ordering and Billing Applied Behavioral Analysis Services
  • What Providers Need to Know About Billing Assistant Anesthesia Services
  • Office Managers: Please Inform Your Doctors About the CareFirst Pediatric Conference
  • Are You Up to Date on Best Practices and Quality Standards?
  • Care Management Overview and Referral Process
  • Help Us Protect Your Patient’s Protected Health Information
  • Links to News Updates in ‘In Case You Missed It’
Cover of BlueLink April 2019 issue April
  • Hospitals Must Attest to Patient Safety Standards
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Adds Boxed Warning to Uloric
  • BlueLink Tip — Self-Service Tools
  • Effective Dates, Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) Codes and Policy Updates for April
  • New Medical Technology Updates for April
  • Remember to Request a Prior Authorization for Genetic Tests
  • Register Today for the CareFirst Pediatric Conference
  • Federal Employee Program (FEP) Policy for Travel Vaccines
  • Are You Up to Date on Best Practices and Quality Standards?
  • Links to News Updates in ‘In Case You Missed It’
Cover of BlueLink February 2019 issue February
  • Horizon Foundation’s Speak(easy) Howard Campaign Offers Free Webinar Series
  • BlueLink Tip — Requesting Prior Authorizations for Genetic Tests
  • Save The Date For The CareFirst Pediatric Conference
  • Effective March 1— Both CPT® Code 99050 and 99051 Available for Reimbursement
  • Effective Dates, CPT Codes and Policy Updates for February
  • New Medical Technology Updates for February
  • Provider Reminder — An Inquiry vs. An Appeal How to Properly Submit Both
  • Care Management Updates — Effective Jan. 1
  • Are You Up to Date on Best Practices and Quality Standards?
  • Links to News Updates in ‘In Case You Missed It’