BCBS Updates

PCS Paper Mailing Discontinuance: Effective Date Delayed; Attend Reporting On-Demand Webinar

As a reminder, Provider Claim Summaries (PCS) are now accessible through the Reporting On-Demand application, located under our Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) branded Payer Spaces section on the AvailityTM web portal.


A previous announcement indicated that distribution of paper PCSs via regular mail would be discontinued March 1, 2017. However, to ensure provider readiness, the date to discontinue mailing paper PCSs has been delayed to a future date in 2017. More information will be made available regarding the end date for paper mailings in the upcoming months.

Exception requests to receive paper PCS mailings will continue to be reviewed by emailing PECS@bcbstx.com.


As a point of clarification, enrollment for Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) and Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) remains optional, and is not required to obtain your PCS from Reporting On-Demand. With Reporting On-Demand, the identical

PCS received by mail from BCBSTX is readily available for you to view, download and/or print, at your convenience.


Join us for a webinar! BCBSTX is hosting one-hour educational webinars for you to learn more about using the Reporting On-Demand application to access your PCS information. New and existing Availity users are highly encouraged to

attend. Register for a complimentary online training session today! Not yet registered with Availity? Simply go to availity.com, select “Register” and complete the online registration process today at no additional cost. For more

information on Availity registration or to request additional training, contact our Provider Education Consultants at PECS@bcbstx.com.

New BCBSTX Client in Blue EssentialsSM Network: Employees Retirement System of Texas


We are excited to announce that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) was awarded the six-year contract for the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) account, effective Sept. 1, 2017. ERS participants covered under HealthSelectSM of Texas and Consumer Directed HealthSelectSM benefit plans will access care through the Blue Essentials provider network in all 254 counties in Texas.

If you are currently a participating provider in the Blue Essentials (formerly HMO Blue TexasSM) provider network, no action is required on your part.


If you would like to be contracted for the Blue Essentials provider network, please visit our Blue Essentials Network Participation page or contact your Network Management Representative for more information.


Continue to watch for additional information regarding ERS in future editions of this newsletter and on our website.

Network Participation BCBSTX is extending the opportunity to participate as a CHIP provider in the Medicaid rural service area of Central Texas. To find out more information about program participation, contact the Texas Medicaid Network Department at 512-349-4865