Prior authorization list
The prior authorization list is a resource for providers that lists the designated medical and surgical services and select prescription drugs which require prior authorization under a Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan medical benefit. This list also includes specific equipment, services, drugs, and procedures requiring review or supplemental documentation prior to payment authorization.
Prior authorization for the services listed below is highly recommended. If authorization was not obtained prior to the service being rendered, the service will likely be reviewed for medical necessity at the point of claim.
While the list below covers the medical services, drugs, and procedures that require authorization prior to rendering a service, Blue Shield Promise may require additional information after the service has been provided. If we require further information to process the payment, Blue Shield Promise’s Claims Department will request specific information at that time. Please include medical records when you respond to a request from Blue Shield Promise’s Claims Department.
Please review our clinical policies and procedures and verify that any service you are going to provide a Blue Shield Promise member is a covered benefit. You may review our medical policies online or contact Provider Services at (800) 468-9935, 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If prior authorization was obtained and you are submitting an offline (i.e., paper) claim, remember to attach a copy of the prior authorization letter.
Effective January 1, 2023, Cal MediConnect plans were discontinued throughout California. Blue Shield Promise Cal MediConnect members in Los Angeles and San Diego counties were transitioned to the Blue Shield TotalDual (HMO D-SNP) plan.
Prior authorization code lists
Medi-Cal/Cal MediConnect prior authorization codes
The documents below list prior authorization codes for Blue Shield Promise Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect member services.
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - January 2024 (PDF, 462 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - December 2023 (PDF, 449 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - November 2023 (PDF, 449 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - October 2023 (PDF, 634 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - September 2023 (PDF, 636 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - August 2023 (PDF, 299 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - July 2023 (PDF, 642 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - June 2023 (PDF, 473 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - May 2023 (PDF, 839 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - April 2023 (PDF, 692 KB)
Medi-Cal Prior Auth Code List - February 2023 (PDF, 685 KB)
Prior authorization information for medications
Prior Authorization information for medications can be found here for Medi-Cal plans.
Medical care solutions
Review medical care solutions for Blue Shield Promise plans.
Utilization management and clinical practice guidelines
Utilization management (UM) and clinical practice guidelines define healthcare standards applicable to members and providers.
Pharmacy services and drug formularies
Access drug formularies and find pharmacy services information.
Prior authorization and referral forms
Find common forms which you may need to request prior authorization, as well as patient referral forms.
Access network provider tools on Provider Connection website.