Group Numbers, Alpha Prefixes and Identification Cards
Provider Administrative Policy
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
We assign all Blue Cross of Idaho members unique member identification numbers that include three alpha characters followed by numbers. This alphanumeric combination is the best way for Blue Cross to identify members and successfully match them with their coverage. The three-letter alpha prefix is required when submitting claims. We will return all claims without a complete 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 claims submissions require all nine characters.
For security purposes, 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 member’s card for your records. You can verify the alpha prefix for Blue Cross members using the secure provider portal on Blue Cross of Idaho’s Web site at bcidaho.com
Note: This list is subject to additions and deletions.
|January 2013||Revised||Member ID cards revised|
|June 2013||Revised||Updated Memeber Identification Card Sample to includ FEP Cards|
|February 2013||Revised||Updated Account Prefixes list|
|December 2012||Revised||Updated Account Prefixes list|
|March 2011||Revised||Group revisions/additions/deletions|
|January 2011||Revised||Group revisions/additions/deletions|
|November 2010||Revised||Group revisions/deletions|
|January 2010||Revised||Group revisions/deletions|
|October 2009||Revised||Group revisions/deletions|
|March 2009||Revised||Format change for group and new card sample|
|November 2008||Revised||Group revisions/deletions|
|August 2008||Revised||Group revisions/deletions|
|May 2008||Revised||Group revisions/deletions|