Blue Review
A newsletter for contracting institutional and professional providers

August 2019

University of Chicago Retiree Transition to Anthem Medicare Advantage Plan

On Jan. 1, 2019, University of Chicago retirees who were eligible for Medicare Parts A and B were transitioned from the University of Chicago Post-65 Retiree plan through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) to Anthem Medicare Preferred (PPO), a Medicare Advantage plan through Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

The Anthem Medicare Preferred (PPO) plan includes a National Access Plus benefit, which means retirees are free to receive services from any provider, as long as the provider is eligible to receive payments from Medicare. With this benefit, University of Chicago retirees will pay the same cost share for both in-network and out-of-network services. The Anthem Medicare Preferred (PPO) plan offers the same hospital and medical benefits that Medicare covers. It also covers additional benefits that Medicare does not, such as annual routine physical exams. 

The prefix on University of Chicago retiree member ID cards is WZV. These ID cards also show the Anthem Medicare Preferred (PPO) product name, University of Chicago logo and National Access Plus icon. 

Other Reminders:

  • To check eligibility and benefits for University of Chicago retirees, submit an electronic 270 transaction through the Availity® Provider Portal or your preferred web vendor, or call the BlueCard® eligibility line at 800-676-BLUE (2583), just as you would for other out-of-area Blue Cross and Blue Shield members.
  • If prior authorization is required, use the Electronic Provider Access (EPA) tool to submit your request – see the Pre-service Review for Out-of-area Members tip sheet for more information. Requesting pre-service review is not a substitute for checking eligibility and benefits.
  • As always, submit all claims electronically to the local plan, BCBSIL. Claims should not be filed with Original Medicare for University of Chicago retirees.
  • If you have any questions, contact the number on the member’s ID card.