Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia and our affiliate, HealthKeepers, Inc., will implement the following new and revised coverage guidelines effective October 1, 2020.  These guidelines impact all our products – with the exception of Anthem HealthKeepers Plus (Medicaid), Medicare Advantage, the Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus (Anthem CCC Plus) plan, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Service Benefit Plan (also called the Federal Employee Program or FEP).  Furthermore, the guidelines were among those recently approved at the Medical Policy and Technology Assessment Committee meeting held on May 14, 2020.


The services addressed in these coverage guidelines in this section and in the attachment under "Article Attachments" on the right will require authorization for all of our HealthKeepers, Inc. products with the exception of Anthem HealthKeepers Plus (Medicaid), Medicare Advantage, and the Anthem CCC Plus plan.  Please note that  FEP is excluded from these requirements as well.   A pre-determination can be requested for our PPO products.

If applicable, services related to specialty pharmacy drugs (non-cancer related) require a medical necessity review, which includes site of care criteria, as outlined in the applicable coverage or clinical UM guideline.

Guidelines addressed in this edition of Provider News are:


  • Pneumatic Compression Devices for Prevention of Deep Vein Thrombosis of the Extremities in the Home Setting (CG-DME-46)


  • Analysis of RAS Status (CG-GENE-02)


  • Transcatheter Ablation of Arrhythmogenic Foci in the Pulmonary Veins as a Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation or Atrial Flutter (Radiofrequency and Cryoablation) (CG-MED-64)


  • Therapeutic Apheresis (CG-MED-68)



Featured In:
July 2020 Anthem Provider News - Virginia