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BCBSMA HMO/POS Patients No Longer Need Authorization For Speech Therapy

We received a bulletin from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA)  stating, effective October 1, 2014, providers will no longer need to request prior authorization for speech therapy for our HMO/POS members.   BCBSMA went on to state, “We regularly track and trend efficiencies for providers.  Since we have seen proper adherence to the guidelines for these services, we have decided to remove the administrative burden of completing SmartSheets and/or requesting authorizations.”

This is a win-win-win situation for Primary Care Physicians, patients, and Speech-Language Providers.

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