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Alpha Prefixes and Identification Cards

Provider Administrative Policy

Policy Date
January 2012
New/January 2012
Provider Type(s)
All Providers  


Our provider administrative policies contain information regarding claims submission, reimbursement, and other information in order to achieve an efficient relationship with our providers. These policies are not an authorization or explanation of benefits. Blue Cross of Idaho retains the right to add to, delete from and otherwise modify this policy in accordance with our provider contracts.

Blue Cross of Idaho works diligently on behalf of our members to develop contracting relationships with Idaho dental providers and Blue Cross Blue Shield dental affiliates (national Dental Grid).



Alpha Prefixes and Identification Cards

We assign all Blue Cross of Idaho members unique member identification numbers that include three alpha characters followed by numbers. The alpha prefix is not required for dental claims processing, only the numbers. We may return claims submitted without the Blue Cross of Idaho member identification number.

The only exceptions to this rule are claims for members of the Federal Employee Program. Those individuals have an identification number that begins with an "R" followed by eight numbers. Those claim submissions require all nine characters.

For security puposes, Blue Cross of Idaho does not use Social Security numbers for member identification.

Please make a copy of the front and the back of a members' card for your records.

Member Identification Card Sample

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