This section contains background information for UB-04 billers.
To process outpatient facility services, Wellmark uses the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) edits, a collection of bundling edits, created and sponsored by CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services). The edits are separated into two major categories: The Comprehensive and Component procedure code edits, and the Mutually Exclusive procedure code edits.
Correct Coding Initiative edits are for services performed by the same facility on the same date of service only. Note that CCI edits applicable to outpatient hospital services are one version behind the CCI edits applicable to professional claims. More information may be obtained through the CMS Web site .
Some revenue codes require detailed coding. You must include CPT or HCPCS codes for these revenue codes .
Maximum Unit Policy
Wellmark has assigned a maximum daily unit to each CPT/HCPCS code. Daily maximum units that have been exceeded can be identified with remittance advice message I512, a denial for maximum daily units or I563, a reduction in maximum daily units. Daily maximum units are guidelines that accommodate most "normal" services. For those services exceeding the maximum daily units, please submit a provider inquiry attaching the medical documentation to support the units of service.
Wellmark is now able to process modifiers for outpatient facility claims. We will process up to four modifiers per claim line. Please note that our process may change the order of the modifiers based on an established priority. Modifiers that affect payment will be listed first, with informational modifiers secondary. Providers receiving an electronic remittance advice will see up to four modifiers. Paper remittance advices do not include modifiers.
Inappropriate use of modifiers will cause a service to deny. For example, modifier 25 is appropriate for use with E/M codes services only. If billed with a surgical procedure, such as 52000, the surgery will deny as an inappropriately coded procedure. Additional information about specific modifiers follows:
Modifier 50 indicates a bilateral procedure. Claims containing the 50 modifier will process via the EAPG Grouper. It is no longer necessary to continue to report these on two lines with one unit of service per line.
Modifiers 52 (reduced services) and 73 (discontinued procedure prior to the administration of anesthesia) will be recognized in the EAPG Grouper.
You may request any modifier change using one of the following methods:
Claims corrections will appear on your remittance advice as an adjustment to the original claim number so you can easily track and reconcile corrections.
In some instances, iCAP will recode or deny the claim to avoid claim processing delays. For example, procedures submitted for an age that is inconsistent with the procedural description will be adjusted in one of the following ways:
(Not Applicable on or after Date of Service 10/01/2010 due to EAPG Payment methodology.)
Wellmark initially communicated in our June 2006 Blue Ink Supplement that we would be acknowledging all “N” status codes. Wellmark has developed a customized list and will be bundling only these codes.
Download the Wellmark Bundled Codes .
If a service on the inpatient only list is provided in the outpatient setting, please submit a provider inquiry along with medical record documentation for payment consideration.
Download the Wellmark Inpatient Only List - #S-2317 .
In order to assist you with claim line messages, Wellmark has created a table listing the “I” message and the corresponding 835 ANSI message.
Download the I-Message Table - #S-2318 .
Do not submit medical records when requesting a claim review if your claim needs a coding change. This includes CPT, HCPCS, ICD-9, modifier or date of service changes. Simply make the necessary change on a corrected claim and attach it to a Provider Inquiry form for Iowa or South Dakota . Wellmark will not add, change or delete codes or modifiers based upon a review of medical records.