Reminder: Blue Shield Fee Schedule Changes Effective December 1

 

Doctors are reminded that changes to the Blue Shield of California physician fee schedule will take effect December 1, 2017, as indicated in its September 21 letter to providers.

The new rates are now available on the Blue Shield website (under "Claims," click “Professional Fee Schedule”). To view the new fees, change the default date of service on the “Search Fee Schedule” page to December 1, 2017, (effective date of the change) or later.

Doctors can also request a copy of the new fees for up to 20 codes by completing the allowance review form enclosed with the notice, or by calling the Blue Shield Provider Information and Enrollment Department at (800) 258-3091. Blue Shield will provide a response to your inquiry within 10 business days.

As always, CPMA members are encouraged to carefully review all proposed amendments to health plan or medical group/IPA contracts. The California Podiatric Medical Association (CPMA) reminds members that they do not have to accept substandard contracts that are not beneficial to their practice.