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2019-2020 news and announcements

Stay informed about programs, policies, and announcements issued this year by Blue Shield.

Site of Service Program Drug List Update

September 1, 2020 - View a summary of the Site of Service Program drug list.
View summary (PDF, 52 MB)

Blue Shield of California Radiation Oncology Policy FAQ

December 15, 2020 - Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about Blue Shield of California’s Radiation Oncology Medical Policy (BSC8.06 Radiation Oncology), are available to download.
Review the FAQ (PDF, 97 KB)

Medication Policy and Formulary Updates 4th Quarter 2020

November 5, 2020 - View a summary of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions on injectable medication policy updates and formulary changes.
View summary (PDF, 195 KB)

Pharmacy claim vendor change effective January 1, 2021

October 30, 2020 - Effective January 1, 2021, Blue Shield of California and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan will transition from SS&C to CVS Health (CVSH) for pharmacy claim processing and related services for all lines of business. The transition to CVSH and enhanced data security will require each user to register with a personal login and password to access CALINX Rx data. Providers can continue to obtain CALINX Rx pharmacy claims data using the current SS&C process through January 31, 2021.
Read notice (PDF, 70 KB)

Provider Connection Enhancements

October 29, 2020 - We are pleased to announce the latest enhancements to the Provider Connection website! Changes include sitewide search capability, a new claim activity dashboard, pinned claims functionality, and account management filtering and sorting. Registered Billing Service Managers can now request additional Tax ID access online. Also, the Account Manager’s Responsibilities section is now a one-stop shop for all activities an Account Manager may do. Please check the revised Provider Connection Reference Guide for information about these enhancements.
View guide (PDF, 2.42 MB)

Matching primary care physicians with PPO members

October 19, 2020 - Effective January 1, 2021, Blue Shield of California will match all PPO members to a primary care physician (PCP) in their PPO network. These practitioners must be practicing in the specialties of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Practice, or Pediatrics, and must meet other Blue Shield business rules to be eligible for this role. Auto-assignment of PCPs has already taken place during 2020 for members of the Blue Shield IFP PPO and Tandem PPO plans. The purpose of matching PCPs to PPO members is to encourage coordination and management in order to enhance overall patient care. Once matched, members may then select a different PPO PCP from those eligible, if they wish to make that change. Blue Shield full PPO members may select an OB/Gyn as their PCP, if desired.
View the FAQ (PDF, 117 KB)

Blue Shield of California Inspire (PPO) 2021 Summary of Benefits Matrix

October 18, 2020 - The 2021 Summary of Benefits matrix for Blue Shield of California Inspire (PPO) Medicare Advantage plan that Blue Shield is offering in Alameda County, is available to download.
Review the summary (XLSX, 63 KB)

New Real-Time Claims web tool part of claims automation initiative

September 29, 2020 - As part of an ongoing initiative to transform and automate the claims submission process, Blue Shield of California is launching a new Real-Time Claims web tool. Available on Provider Connection, Real-Time Claims functionality allows Blue Shield commercial providers to create estimates and submit claims in seconds.
View the FAQ (PDF, 104 KB)

Medication Policy and Formulary Updates 3rd Quarter 2020

August 6, 2020 - View a summary of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions on injectable medication policy updates and formulary changes.
View summary (PDF, 179 KB)

Blue Shield of California’s Health Reimagined Supports Ongoing Innovation and Helps Address Hardships Exposed by COVID-19

June 25, 2020 - Blue Shield of California is working closely with medical providers, local and regional stakeholders, and collaborating with technology firms to bring the best ideas and solutions to the market. Learn how this effort addresses long-standing access, equity, cost and quality issues that have been further exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Learn how Blue Shield is transforming health care

Blue Shield of California is collaborating with Cricket Health to provide kidney care

June 24, 2020 - In Q3, Blue Shield of California and Cricket Health are planning to launch a collaborative care coordination program to bring Cricket Health’s kidney care services to eligible Blue Shield PPO members who have late-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) – at no extra cost to them. Cricket Health’s services augment care provided by a Blue Shield member’s current primary care physician, nephrologist, or other specialists. We believe that offering these additional kidney care services will help Blue Shield members to better manage their condition so they can make informed decisions and improve their quality of life. To learn more about Cricket Health’s services, we invite you to visit our interactive, online FAQ.
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Provider Connection Update

June 16, 2020 - We are pleased to announce the latest update to our Provider Connection website! The following enhancements are now available for use: additional account managers; revised member roster; updated member eligibility search tool; new registration process for billing services; and an updated security experience. As part of this update, we are enabling our Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan providers to register and access information on the Provider Connection website. Please check the revised Provider Connection Reference Guide for information about these enhancements.
View guide (PDF, 2 MB)

Medication Policy and Formulary Updates 2nd Quarter 2020

May 7, 2020 - View a summary of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions on injectable medication policy updates and formulary changes.
View summary (PDF, 191 KB)

Medication Policy and Formulary Updates 1st Quarter 2020

February 6, 2020 - View a summary of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions on injectable medication policy updates and formulary changes.
View summary (PDF, 153 KB)

Medication Policy and Formulary Updates 4th Quarter

November 7, 2019 - View a summary of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions on injectable medication policy updates and formulary changes.
View summary PDF, 158 KB

Blue Shield of California Medicare (PPO) 2020 Summary of Benefits Matrix

October 21, 2019 - View the 2020 Summary of Benefits matrix for Blue Shield of California Medicare (PPO), a new Medicare Advantage plan that Blue Shield is offering in Alameda County.
View summary

Medication Policy and Formulary Updates 3rd Quarter

August 1, 2019 - View a summary of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions on injectable medication policy updates and formulary changes.
View summary (PDF, 127 KB)

Specialty Preferred Drug List for Medical Benefit

August 1, 2019 - View a summary of the Specialty Preferred Drug List for Medical Benefit update.
View summary (PDF, 46 KB)

Site of Service Program

August 1, 2019 - View a summary and drugs included in our Site of Service Program.
View summary (PDF, 47 KB)

Medication Policy and Formulary Updates 2nd Quarter 2019

May 2, 2019 - View a summary of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions on injectable medication policy updates and formulary changes.
View summary (PDF, 119 KB)

Provider Connection has a new look and feel

March 22, 2019 - Beginning today, Blue Shield of California is launching a newly redesigned Provider Connection to reflect our current brand and continue developing navigation changes that will better serve your needs. Updates will continue to occur during 2019 and beyond.

Provider Connection has a new look and feel

February 28, 2019 - Beginning today, Blue Shield of California is launching a newly redesigned Provider Connection to reflect our current brand and continue developing navigation changes that will better serve your needs. Updates will continue to occur during 2019 and beyond.

Medication Policy and Formulary Updates 1st Quarter 2019

February 5, 2019 - View a summary of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee decisions on injectable medication policy updates and formulary changes.
View summary (PDF, 115 KB)

Blue Shield’s Provider Resource Kit on Cesarean Section Awareness

January 14, 2019 - Beginning this week, a new Provider Resource Kit: Cesarean Section Awareness is available to practitioners who want to receive provider and patient resources focused on planning preferences and choices that support a healthy childbirth. Blue Shield has collaborated with California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative (CMQCC) and others to create this informative resource.
Request a kit

2019 Provider Manuals and Change Notifications available online

January 1, 2019 - Blue Shield's 2019 provider manuals are now available for your reference. In the same section, you can also view the change notification letters detailing the updates to the January 2019 manuals.
View 2019 provider manuals

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