In our June 2019 edition of Provider News, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield published a reminder about the new Rehabilitative Program that was originally communicated in the April 2019 edition. In the June article, we stated incorrectly that the program would begin on September 1st. However, the correct effective date for the new Rehabilitative Program is July 1, 2019 as originally communicated in the article published on April 2019. We regret this error and apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused you. Below is the correct article in its entirety.


As previously communicated in the April 2019 edition of Anthem’s Provider News, AIM Specialty Health® (AIM), a separate company, will begin to perform prior authorization review of rehabilitative (restoring function) and habilitative (enhancing function) services for Anthem fully insured members beginning July 1, 2019. 


AIM will manage Physical Therapy (PT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Speech Therapy (ST) medical necessity reviews and will require prior authorization for all outpatient facility and office-based rehabilitative and habilitative services following the initial evaluation. AIM will use the following Anthem Clinical UM Guidelines:


The clinical criteria to be used for these reviews can be found on the Clinical UM Guidelines page. A complete list of CPT codes requiring prior authorization for the AIM Rehabilitative Program is available on the AIM Rehabilitation microsite. There you can access additional helpful information such as order entry checklists and FAQs.


AIM will now begin accepting prior authorization requests on June 24, 2019 for dates of service on and after July 1, 2019. Ordering and servicing providers may submit prior authorization requests to AIM in one of several ways:

  • Access AIM’s ProviderPortalSM directly at Online access is available 24/7 to process orders in real-time, and is the fastest and most convenient way to request authorization.
  • Access AIM via the Availity Web Portal at
  • Call the AIM Contact Center toll-free number at 866-714-1103, Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. ET.


Need training?                                                   

Anthem invites you to take advantage of an informational webinar that will introduce you to the Rehabilitative Program and the robust capabilities of the AIM ProviderPortalSM.  Visit the AIM Rehabilitation microsite to register for an upcoming training session.

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