In the July 2019 edition of Provider News, we notified providers that certain Federal Employee Program® (FEP) plans (member IDs beginning with an “R”) utilize a prior approval process for specific specialty drugs and site of care. The prior approval process identifies members who meet appropriate site-of-care criteria and encourages ordering providers and members to consider using a lower level of care option for specific specialty drugs. There is no claim penalty for site of care under the current prior approval process. FEP will continue to use this process through December 31, 2019.

 

Effective with dates of service on or after January 1, 2020, Anthem FEP will implement a specialty pharmacy prior authorization review process for specific specialty drugs. The prior authorization review will include site-of-care criteria for outpatient hospital-based settings. As a result of this change, services provided on and after January 1, 2020, without a prior authorization will be denied.

 

FEP will continue to review Federal Employee Program medical policy criteria for medical necessity, and Anthem’s clinical guideline, Level of Care: Specialty Pharmaceuticals (CG-MED-83), will be utilized to review site-of-care criteria.

 

What’s new beginning with dates of service on or after January 1, 2020?

  • Prior to administering the drugs noted below in any setting, a prior authorization must be completed in order to evaluate if the drug meets clinical criteria. Anthem FEP will begin accepting prior authorization requests on December 18, 2019 for dates of service on and after January 1, 2020. Request prior authorization review by calling the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program Service Benefit Plan at 800-860-2156.

 

  • Outpatient hospital-based settings will require a site-of-care review for medical necessity as part of the prior authorization review.
    • A provider toolkit aligned to Anthem’s clinical guideline (CG-MED-83) will be given to providers requiring a site-of-care review, either by fax or e-review. For outpatient hospital settings that do not meet clinical criteria, a dedicated clinical team will work with you to identify alternate lower level of care sites that can safely administer the drug.
    • In the event that there are no infusion centers within 30 miles of the member’s place of residence, or there are no home infusion providers able to service the member’s residence, the hospital-based setting will be approved.

 

  • If the prior authorization is denied for either the drug not meeting medical necessity or the site-of-care not meeting medical necessity, providers should follow the disputed claim/service process. To obtain the current process, please contact the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program Service Benefit Plan at 800-860-2156.

 

  • Services provided on or after January 1, 2020, without prior authorization will result in a denial of claims payment.

 

Drugs requiring medical necessity and site-of-care review:

Drug

Code

FEP Medical Policy

Orencia

J0129

5.70.18

Benlysta

J0490

5.99.01

Privigen

J1459

5.20.03

Cuvitru

J1555

5.20.08

Bivigam

J1556

5.20.03

Gammaplex

J1557

5.20.03

Hizentra

J1559

5.20.08

Gamunex-c/Gammaked

J1561

5.20.03-IV

Gamunex-c/Gammaked

J1561

5.20.08-Subq

Carimune

J1566

5.20.03

Octagam

J1568

5.20.03

Gammagard liquid

J1569

5.20.03-IV

Gammagard liquid

J1569

5.20.08-Subq

Flebogamma

J1572

5.20.03

HyQvia

J1575

5.20.08

Panzyga

J1599

5.20.03

Simponi Aria

J1602

5.70.51

Remicade

J1745

5.50.02

Tysabri

J2323

5.60.13

Entyvio

J3380

5.50.12

Inflectra

Q5103

5.50.02

Renflexis

Q5104

5.50.02

Ixifi

Q5109

5.50.02

 

These changes apply to Anthem FEP members (member IDs beginning with an “R”) who are receiving the specialty drugs listed above through their medical benefits. These changes do not impact the approval process for these specialty drugs obtained through pharmacy benefits. For more information, such as clinical criteria for specialty drugs and level of care, please contact the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Federal Employee Program Service Benefit Plan at 800-860-2156.



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October 2019 Anthem Maine Provider News