The full details of this change can be found HERE on the Regence Oregon website.
It looks like the process will be pretty easy and handled by an organization called CoreCare National, LLC. You will have to register your credentials with them and can either call or go online to obtain a pre-authorization for the specific diagnosis code and CPT codes you want to bill for.
A complete list of all the CPT codes required to get pre-authorization for is on the Regence site linked above, or HERE if you want to go direct.
Its been clear for the past year that Regecen has really been buttoning down on Acupuncture. Regence used to have some of the best reimbursement rates in my practice and now it is one of the lower eschelon to be sure. This move does not have me hopeful of a strong reimbursement rate in the future as the Affordable Care Act gets into full swing, but we'll just have to take it step by step and see what happens in the coming years.
For now, if you are a preferred provider with Regence in Oregon, Washington, Idaho or Utah its time to get signed up with CCN and start familiarizing yourself with the pre-authorization process. Regence is offering several webinars about it this month. They are free and you can sign up through the Regence page linked above.
Good luck all you Acu-Stars out there, lets keep fighting the good fight!
~Rebecca Hurwood, LAc