Wyoming Blue Circle of Excellence 

For Ambulatory Surgical Centers Knee and Hip Replacement

As part of our commitment to you, we established the Wyoming Blue Circle of Excellence program, a local designation program recognizing health care facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality and affordable health care to meet your specialty care needs—safely, effectively and resulting in cost savings to you.

Powder River Surgical Center

906 W 6th St Ste C, Gillette, WY 82716 · (307) 696-8240

Networks include Blue Select, Wyoming Select, Wyoming Total Choice, Participating Provider

Frequently Asked Questions

Wyoming Blue Circle of Excellence (WYBCE) is a local designation program, awarded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, recognizing health care facilities that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality and affordable health care to meet consumers’ specialty care needs needs—safely, effectively, and cost-efficiently.

Blue Distinction Centers are required to have an intensive care unit (ICU) and an emergency room, neither of which are required for Wyoming Blue Circle of Excellence Centers. Wyoming Blue Circle of Excellence Center’s do not supersede Blue Distinction if your health plan requires services to be obtained at a Blue Distinction Center.  

Currently, total knee and hip replacement surgeries are the only procedures included under the Wyoming Blue Circle of Excellence Center program.

This program is available for all networks – Blue Select, Wyoming Select, Wyoming Choice, Wyoming Total Choice, and Participating Provider. To benefit from the cost savings, your procedure must be performed at a surgical center that is in your network.

If your deductible has been met for the year, you’ll benefit from additional cost-savings with any applicable coinsurance amounts.

Yes. The surgical facility could determine that your health conditions warrant additional safety measures, and you would be better managed at another location with an emergency department and/or intensive care unit. If this occurs, standard plan benefits would apply.

No, prior authorization is not required for knee and hip replacement surgeries.  

No. You will not be penalized for using another facility. However, you will not have access to additional cost-savings.

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What is the member site and how do I get there?

Your member site is the easiest way for you to manage your account electronically from your computer, laptop, or mobile device. You’ll be able to find the details of your plan, see how much you’ve spent, review claims information, get more ID cards, send us a secure message, and more.

With your member ID number, go to YourWyoBlue.com to register and see how easy it is to find the information you want, when you want it.

How long will I be able to access claims information online?

Claims information will be available at YourWyoBlue.com for up to 18 months, even if you cancel your plan.

Am I able to see claims for everyone who is on my plan?

For privacy purposes, you will see claims for you and your dependents under 18 years old. Your spouse and dependents 18 years of age or older can register to view their own information online.

Members Who’ve Enrolled through BCBSWY or Healthcare.gov

I signed up on Healthcare.gov or directly through BCBSWY. How do I find out when my health coverage is in effect?

There are three ways that you can confirm your health coverage with BCBSWY:

Mail – If you’re a new member, you will receive a confirmation letter after you enroll, which includes your plan’s effective date your member ID number. After that, you will receive two other mailings: your welcome kit and your member ID card.

Online – If you have your member ID number (which is included in your confirmation letter), you can find your coverage start date and view what your plan covers through your member account. Sign in or register at YourWyoBlue.com (to register, have your member ID handy).

Phone – Contact Member Services: 800-442-2376. Member services is available Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Will I get a new ID card with a new number if I change my plan during open enrollment?

No, if you are an existing member and decide to change your plan during open enrollment you will not get a new ID card and your member ID will stay the same.

If I don’t have any plan changes, how do I re-enroll from one year to the next?

Current enrollees who don’t update their application and enroll in a plan by the open enrollment deadline will be automatically enrolled in the same plan or one that matches as closely as possible. You are strongly encouraged to update your application, shop, and pick a plan that best suits your health care needs before the deadline.

When should I call the Marketplace for assistance and when should I call BCBSWY?

If you need to change your address, cancel your ACA plan or apply for financial assistance go to Healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596. If you have a billing or claims issue call BCBSWY at 800-442-2376.

How can I make a payment and when is it due?

Payment is due by the 1st day of each month and posted the day it is received. You have several ways to make a payment. Note, we do not accept payments made using a credit card.

Online – Quick, Easy, Anytime
  • Sign in to your member account at YourWyoBlue.com
  • Click on the button on the home page that says “Pay my Premium” or click on the “Spending” tab
  • Make a one-time payment or set up auto (recurring payments)
Over the Phone – Automated, No Waiting, Self-Service
  • Call 844-570-5080 and pay with a debit or prepaid card, check or savings account
Mail
  • Pay with check or money order made to BCBSWY
  • Include your ID number on the check or money order
  • Send the payment stub with your payment

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
PO Box 173704
Denver, CO 80217-3704

I received a bill, even though I’ve already paid it. Why did that happen, and how can I notify BCBSWY?

Similar to a utility bill, BCBSWY will mail your monthly bill to the address on your account on the 5th of every month prior to the date it is due (the 1st of each month). If you have already paid your bill, or you set up automatic payments, you don’t need to do anything. If you have questions about whether a payment has been received, please contact Member Services at 800-442-2376.

Why did I receive a past-due notice in the mail when I never received a first notice?

BCBSWY mails monthly bills on the 5th of every month prior to the date it is due (the 1st of each month)—if we don’t receive a payment by the due date, we will send a reminder. If you didn’t receive your first bill, please contact Member Services at 800-442-2376, so we can confirm your account information is correct.

How do I find what network I belong to?

If you’re unsure of your provider network login to your member account at YourWyoBlue.com or use the Find a Doctor tool by entering the first 3 characters of your member ID.

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As a member, you have the freedom to do more of what you love and spend less time on the other stuff.

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What to Expect

Once you’re a member of BlueSelect, here’s what you can expect

What to Expect Once You Enroll

Processing Your Enrollment

Once you complete your application, several things happen at BCBSWY to ensure your enrollment is finalized and processed accurately. The details aren't important, but they take time - around two weeks. Sit back and relax knowing that we are handling your application with much care to ensure that your coverage with BCBSWY is in place when you need it, just as you expect.

ID Card

As soon as we finalize your enrollment, expect your BCBSWY ID Card(s) to show up in the mail. Helpful information about your new coverage will arrive separately. This information will be useful to you over time, so be sure to hang on to it.

Online Member Account

As a BCBSWY member, expect to find what you need online. As soon as you have your BCBSWY ID card, be sure to register on YourWyoBlue.com. to easily manage your account from home or on-the-go. See your claims and benefits, find a doctor, make a payment, print an ID card, get a picture of your health and more.

Make a Payment

There’s no rush. You can expect to find an invoice in the mail soon. The due date and information about payment options will be on your invoice, including paying online or over the phone.

Just for You

You come first! Expect professional service from experienced people right here in Wyoming. We’re available online, on the phone and from ten locations around the state. Always feel free to contact us. We are here for you!

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What’s Inside YourWyoBlue?

Fast. Easy. Anytime.

Your member site makes it easy to manage your account from home or on-the-go using your desktop, phone, or laptop. Register for YourWyoBlue.com using the number on your new ID card.

Manage your account online anytime.

Log in or register for your online account. Your spouse and dependents 18 years of age or older can register for an account to view their own information online.

Putting you in Control

YourWyoBlue allows you to…

  • View your benefits
  • See real-time claims activity
  • Order or print more ID cards
  • Get your EOBs and Benefit Booklet
  • Find a doctor, urgent care or hospital
  • Access the pharmacy guide
  • Get a picture of your health
  • Send us a secure message
  • Search a library of health topics
  • Make a payment
  • Compare costs for care
  • Find forms
  • Access your FSA, HRA or HSA
  • Learn how your insurance works

Some tools may not be available based on your benefit plan.

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Getting Started

Step 1: Have your new ID card ready.
Step 2: Go to YourWyoBlue.com 
Step 3: Click Register to sign up for your account today.

Your spouse and dependents 18 years of age or older can register for an account to view their own information online.

Need Help?

Download the YourWyoBlue registration guide.

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Ways to Pay

If you purchase your own health insurance, making a premium payment has never been so easy.

Take a look at the ways you can pay:

Online

  • Quick, Easy, Anytime.
  • Pay with a Checking or Savings Account.
  • Make a one-time payment.
  • Review your billing and payment history.
  • Change your method of payment.
  • Set up auto recurring payments and notifications by text and email.

Over the Phone

  • Automated, No Waiting, Self-Service.
  • Pay with a Debit or Prepaid Card, Checking or Savings Account.
  • Make a payment for premiums: 844-570-5080, anytime it’s convenient for you.

By Mail

  • Pay with a check or money order made to BCBSWY.
  • Include your ID (Contract) Number on the check or money order.
  • Send the payment stub with your payment.

Bank Bill Pay

  • Initiate payment from your bank to BCBSWY.
  • Confirm our Payment Address with your bank.
  • Include your ID (Contract) Number with your payment.

Send Payment to…

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming
PO Box 173704
Denver, CO 80217-3704

Important Reminders
  • Payment is due by the 1st day of each month.
  • Payment is posted the day it is received.

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How to Understand Your Claim

When you receive health care services, the charges are submitted to BCBSWY and processed by us according to your benefit plan. This process generates a claim and an Explanation of Benefits (also called an EOB). An EOB is a document designed to help you understand how your claim was processed and how much of the charges are your responsibility. Check out the Explanation of Benefits Guide.

Your EOBs are available from your account at YourWyoBlue.com 

If you have questions about your claim, please contact Member Services at 800-442-2376. For steps to submit an appeal request, please refer to our Appeals Q & A.

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How to Add a Family Member to Your Coverage

The steps you take will depend on whether you purchased your insurance coverage directly from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, through the Health Insurance Marketplace, or you receive coverage through your employer.

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I purchased coverage directly from BCBSWY

To add a family member to your coverage, log in to YourWyoBlue.com and select the SHOP tab at the top of the page. In most cases, you have a set amount of time to do this:

Birth of a Child?

You have within 61 days of the newborn’s date of birth to add a newborn child to your coverage.

Adoption of a Child?

You have within 61 days of the earliest date of either the petition file date, or the child’s date of entry into your home, to add an adopted child to your coverage. Please note: The adoption or legal guardianship papers must be provided.

Getting Married?

You can add your new spouse to your coverage before or after getting married as long as it’s within 30 days after the date of marriage.

For more information about enrollment periods, please review your Benefit Booklet by logging in to your account at YourWyoBlue.com. 

I purchased coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace

Go to healthcare.gov  or call the Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 to determine if you are eligible for a special enrollment period.

If you are eligible for a special enrollment period because you had a baby, adopted a child or got married, you have 60 days after the life event to add a family member to your coverage.

For more information about enrollment periods, please review your Benefit Booklet by logging in to your account at YourWyoBlue.com. 

I receive coverage through my employer

Review your Benefit Booklet or ask your Human Resources department or Group Leader for details about adding a family member to your coverage.

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How to Fill Your Prescription

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming has over 55,000 pharmacies in our network to make filling your prescription fast and easy, but how can you decrease unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses when it comes to your medications?

Here are some tips that can help you save money on your prescriptions.

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Register with MyPrime

Registering with MyPrime is easy and only takes a few minutes! You will need to have your Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming insurance card with your Member ID number.

Once you have registered and sign in with the username and password you create, the tools on the website will be tailored to you and your insurance coverage.

Prime Therapeutics (Prime) is an independent company that administers the pharmacy coverage for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming members in a role known as a Pharmacy Benefit Manager.

Ask your doctor about generic medications

Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about generics. Generic medications are considered to be comparable to brand name medications in many ways. Ask your doctor to write prescriptions allowing substitution with a generic, if available. Taking generics is one of the most important things you can do to control costs.

Not only do generics save you money at the pharmacy (sometimes more than 85%), but they help hold down insurance premiums in the future. Use the Drug Cost Estimator to see the difference in cost for your brand name medication and its generic option.

Check the Preferred Drug List

When your doctor prescribes a medication, he or she should try to use medications that are included on the Preferred Drug List (also known as the Formulary or Prescription Drug List). Medications on this list have been selected to give you the best results while saving you the most money. You can use a medication that is not on the list, but you may pay more.

Check to see if the medication needs to be pre-certified

Certain medications may need to be pre-certified before they will be paid for by your health care coverage. If you do not have necessary pre-certification, it may result in a denial or reduction in the coverage for your medication. You should review your benefit document for details about pre-certification.

If a medication on the Preferred Drug List needs to be pre-certified (pre-authorized), there will be a column indicator. All medications on the Specialty Pharmacy Drug Management List need to be pre-certified.

Use an in-network pharmacy

In order to get the most from your insurance coverage, choose a pharmacy that is in our network. This will make filling your prescription easy and help you avoid unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses.

Use your membership card at the pharmacy

At a participating pharmacy simply show your BCBSWY member identification card to the pharmacist. Your prescription benefits will be applied automatically so you know right away what costs may be your responsibility. This service helps decrease unnecessary expenses and does away with the need to file a paper claim and wait for reimbursement.

When you use a pharmacy that is not in our network, you pay the full cost of your prescription up front. You will also have to submit a claim to get reimbursed. Reimbursement for prescriptions filled at non-network pharmacies is not guaranteed.

Use the Mail-Service Pharmacy Program

Home Delivery can offer added convenience, savings and services when it comes to filling your long-term medications.

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How to Find a Provider

Because you have health insurance from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming, you now have access to provider networks that are unmatched by any other insurance company.  Our networks provide:

  • Access to over 98% of Wyoming providers and 100% of Wyoming hospitals.
  • Access to over 96% of hospitals and 98% of physicians nationwide.
  • Access to doctors and hospitals in over 170 countries and territories around the world.

What does this mean for you?

In order for health insurance plans to provide quality, affordable care, they contract with providers. The providers (health care professionals and medical facilities) that have a contract with the insurance company form a network.

To get the most from your coverage with the least amount of out-of-pocket expenses, you should get care from providers within the network.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Wyoming has networks within our state, but because we are part of a larger system, our members have access to network providers who have contracts with Blue Plans across the country. This access is provided through a program called BlueCard®. There are even network providers available when you travel outside the country with Blue Cross Blue Shield Global® Core!

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