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Graphic version of BlueInk issue August 2023

August 2023

  • Wellmark now performing inpatient reviews on all acute admissions
  • A new way to authorize molecular lab testing begins Oct. 1, 2023
  • New legislations permits diagnostic imaging orders from a physical therapist
  • Update to medical preferred drug strategies
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Past issues

June 2023 PDF File
  • Changes to the Wellmark Drug List
  • Wellmark to perform inpatient reviews on all acute admissions
  • PrePay review address update
  • Updates to Symphony Utilization Management tool

April 2023 PDF File
  • Access Wellmark’s annual provider payment update
  • COVID-19 Public Health Emergency comes to an end
  • Changes to Wellmark’s overpayment process

February 2023 PDF File
  • Streamlining the provider directory verification process
  • New claims processing training available on the Wellmark provider portal
  • An introduction to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) star ratings program

December 2022 PDF File
  • Changes to the Wellmark Drug List beginning Jan. 1, 2023
  • New legislation requires all authorizations to have a 90-day approval
  • Upcoming security changes

October 2022 PDF File
  • Wellmark provider directory information must be validated
  • Filing claim corrections electronically
  • Annual Enrollment Period has begun

August 2022 PDF File
  • New billing requirements for COVID-19 testing-related services
  • More documents are now required for cosmetic and reconstructive services
  • Age criteria has changed for colorectal cancer screenings

June 2022 PDF File
  • Changes to the Wellmark Drug List beginning July 1, 2022
  • Orthognathic surgery will require prior approval
  • Understanding the importance of recredentialing

April 2022 PDF File
  • Wellmark's annual payment update
  • Updated public provider experience
  • Understanding Wellmark's remittance information

February 2022 PDF File
  • Three services are moving from post service to preservice

December 2021 PDF File
  • New Wellmark provider directory process requires provider verification
  • Reminder: Wellmark Medicare Advantage plans begin Jan. 1, 2022

October 2021 PDF File
  • 2021 Blue Distinction Center Designations
  • Resources for the new Wellmark Medicare Advantage plan

August 2021 PDF File
  • EDI and claims portal processing to Availity
  • Medicare Advantage resources available soon on

June 2021 PDF File
  • Wellmark intends to offer Medicare Advantage product beginning Jan. 1, 2021
  • Wellmark is moving its EDI and claims portal processing to Availity

April 2021 PDF File
  • EFT requirements go into effect July 1, 2021

February 2021 PDF File
  • Tips and resources available for Jiva
  • New Blue Distinction Center designations announced

December 2020 PDF File
  • Employees' overall health and well-being
  • Resources available for new medical authorization tool, JIVA

October 2020 PDF File
  • New medical authorization tool, Jiva, launches Nov. 16

August 2020 PDF File
  • 2020 Blue Distinction® Center Designations

June 2020 PDF File
  • Understanding Wellmark's credentialing criteria and application process