A list of the documents posted to the provider website for the current week.
Payment and Remittance Advice Delay – Upcoming Holiday
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, payments and remittance advices will be delayed until Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Payment and Remittance Advice
Payments and remittance advices are available on Tuesday of each week.
ICD-10 Information and Readiness Survey II
ICD-10 is coming, and it’s closer than you think! For the latest information on ICD-10, see the ICD-10 Information page in the menu on the left.
Please take a few minutes to complete our second ICD-10 survey!
Update on EFT and Electronic RA Requirements
By January 1, 2014, all Medicaid providers who receive paper warrants and/or paper remittance advices will be transitioned to electronic documents, mirroring the change Medicare is implementing.
Providers who currently receive a paper warrant or paper remittance advice must sign up for direct deposit and provide information to receive ERAs. In addition, providers who had received EFT, ERA, and a paper RA no longer receive a paper RA as of October 1, 2013.
Providers are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible. All providers must have registered for the web portal and have their paperwork submitted to Provider Relations by December 15, 2013, to be eligible for payment and receive applicable ERAs.
Below are links to the documents needed to make this transition and simplified instructions. If you need assistance, please contact Provider Relations:
P.O. Box 4936
Helena, MT 59604
1.800.624.3958 or 406.442.1837 (Tel)
To enroll in EFT, a provider must complete the Montana Medicaid EFT and ERA Authorization Agreement.
The provider completes and signs the EFT and ERA Authorization Agreement.
The provider faxes or mails the EFT and ERA Authorization Agreemetn to Provider Relations.
Upon receipt of the form, Provider Relations adds the EFT information to the provider's profile. This process takes up to 10 business days. Once completed, the provider will get paid via EFT on the next payment cycle.
To receive ERA, a provider must complete the Trading Partner Agreement (TPA) for electronic claims submission and register on the Montana Access to Health web portal so that he/she can view the ERAs.
The provider prints, completes, and signs the TPA. The provider must include his/her NPI/API on the last page of the TPA.
The provider faxes or mails the TPA to Provider Relations.
Once Xerox receives the TPA, the provider is given access to the web portal. This process takes up to 10 business days.
Xerox mails the Welcome Packet to the provider. This packet contains the user ID and password for the web portal and the provider's submitter ID.
Providers can then register online using the information provided in the Welcome Packet or call Provider Relations for assistance. Note: Upon registering, providers are notified via e-mail that they must change their password and have 24 hours to do so.
Once registered, the provider clicks on Retrievals >> View e!SOR Reports to access an RA (in PDF format).
Resource-Based Relative Value Scale (RBRVS)
07/2013 RBRVS Fee Schedule, SFY 2014
Medicare/Medicaid Remittance Advice Reminder and Adjustments
If you need to do an adjustment, and you are using a Medicare Remittance Advice Template to print your Medicaid Remittance advice, be aware that not all templates will accommodate the necessary Medicaid information to allow your adjustment to process.
The issue is the length of the ICN that appears on the Medicare Remittance Advice Template.
The Medicare ICN is formatted for 15 digits but the Medicaid ICN length is 17 digits. This will truncate the Medicaid ICN by 2 digits.
Please check this field and make any necessary corrections. If this is not corrected, we will return your adjustment to you for correction.
HIPAA Rule Change
On Sunday March 24, 2013, EDI rolled out new edits per HIPAA Operating Guideline rules. These edits were designated by the EDIFECS guidelines, which state that procedure codes defined as Not Otherwise Classified (NOC) need line level descriptions.
Because of this rule, enhancement files that were submitted between March 25 and March 26 that did not meet this guideline were rejected.
These changes affected ANSI X12 5010 claim types 837I, 837P, and 837D. This issue was discovered on March 26, 2013, and Xerox immediately asked to have this edit relaxed. The edit has been relaxed, and claims that have been submitted as of March 27, 2013, will not be rejected for line level description missing. No timeline has been set for this edit to go back into use. When a date has been set, an announcement will be published on this page. Files that have been rejected due to this issue will need to be resubmitted by the provider/clearinghouse. We apologize for this inconvenience.
Below is a link to a list of codes that are defined as Not Otherwise Classified (NOC). https://apps.availity.com/availity/AvHelp/Claims/Field-Level_Help/Non-Specific_Procedure_Codes_Field.htm
You may begin to include these descriptions at any time. Having the description will not restrict the claims for making it through. This does not change the current process of sending in via paper documentation that is required to process a claim.
If procedure codes you bill are on this list, you will need to contact your software vendor to make sure that line level description is available to you. If billing with WINASAP 5010, the line level description is on the Claim Line Tab and is called Line Level Description.
The following are examples of acceptable terms for non-specific codes:
- not otherwise classified (NOC)
- prescription drug, generic
- prescription drug, brand name
If you have questions, or need information, please call Provider Relations at 1.800.624.3958.
Montana Medicaid HIPAA Operating Rules Upgrade
With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is requiring that health plans, including Medicaid states, adopt operating rules to improve the automation of electronically transmitted eligibility for a health plan (X12 270/271) and claim status transactions (X12 276/277). Under this recent mandate, Montana Medicaid is implementing the HIPAA operating rules to improve the quality of health data you receive back from patient eligibility inquiries and the efficiency at which you receive responses for both eligibility and claim status inquiries.
For more information, see the provider notice dated February 14, 2013. Copayment amount may be less or exempt per Administrative Rules. Please refer to your Medicaid provider manual for additional information.
EOB Reason and Remark Crosswalk
An updated version of the EOB Reason and Remark crosswalk, which matches the HIPAA standard R&R codes to the Medicaid EOB codes, is posted under Other Resources in PDF and Excel format on each provider page.
Eligible Drug Manufacturers
Montana Medicaid reimburses only for drugs that are manufactured by companies that have a signed rebate agreement with CMS. An updated list of these manufacturers is available at the link and on appropriate provider pages. To determine if a manufacturer has signed a rebate agreement, check the first 5 digits of the National Drug Code (NDC) against the list. If there is no match, the drug is not reimbursable.
The list will be updated quarterly, so please check regularly to assure coverage. In addition, the valid NDC must be recorded on the claim (no spaces, no punctuation) as an 11-digit series of numbers. Claims will be denied for drugs billed without a valid 11-digit NDC. Providers also must be careful when entering the NDC quantity (the administered amount). A list of the most commonly used NDCs is available for providers. For more information on billing with NDCs on a CMS-1500, refer to the provider notice dated April 10, 2008. For more information on billing with NDCs on a UB-04, refer to the provider notice dated September 1, 2009.
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Benefit News
Introduction to Medicare Part D Drug Benefits
Need help with picking the right Part D plan for you or your member?
- State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 1.800.551.3191 or visit http://www.dphhs.mt.gov/sltc/services/aging/ship.shtml
- 1.800.MEDICARE (1.800.633.4227) or Medicare.gov
Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plans Eligible to Receive Auto-Enrolled Beneficiaries in Montana
The WellPoint Point of Sale system for dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid eligible individuals:
- Point of Sale Facilitated Enrollment of Dual Beneficiaries for Pharmacists
- Point of Sale Facilitated Enrollment of Dual Beneficiaries Tip Sheet
Learn About the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan
- Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage Personal Information Worksheet for People with Medicare and Medicaid
- Choosing a Medicare Drug Plan for People with Medicare and Medicaid
- People with Medicare and Medicaid: Medicare will enroll you in a plan automatically. How do you find out which plan?
- Request for Prescription Information or Change. This is a standard form for exceptions or prior authorizations.
Medicaid Program Information Handbook insert. Learn more about Medicaid coverage of prescription drugs for clients who are dual eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid.
Get the Most Recent Montana Medicaid Preferred Drug Information!
Visit the Pharmacy provider page for a list of preferred drugs and upcoming Montana Medicaid and Medicaid Mental Health Drug Use Review Board/Formulary Committee Meetings.
For more information on Montana Prescription Drug Assistance Programs, including help with Medicare Rx premiums, visit www.bigskyrx.mt.gov.
Electronic Billing Website Links
The Xerox EDI Solutions website (ACS EDI Gateway) has changed. For Montana Medicaid, click on the EDI Solutions Clients tab and choose Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services.
WINASAP5010 software can be found under the WINASAP tab. In addition, EDI enrollment information is available on the EDI Enrollment page. (See menu on EDI Solutions page.)
If you are having trouble finding information, contact Provider Relations 1.800.624.3958.
Montana Medicaid Health Improvement Program
The Health Improvement Program for Medicaid and HMK Plus members with chronic illnesses or risks of developing serious health conditions. HIP is operated through a regional network of 14 community and tribal health centers. Medicaid and HMK Plus members eligible for the Passport Program are enrolled and assigned to a health center for possible care management.
Instructions and Provider Referral Form (08/2013)
Meeting Timelines for ICD-10 and HIPAA 5010
For detailed timelines of activities that providers, payers, and vendors need to undertake to prepare for Version 5010 and ICD-10, download the timeline widget to your desktop or mobile device.
The widget and timelines are public domain. CMS encourages organizations to distribute them widely through posting to websites and other channels.
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For tips on using this website or to download frequently requested resources (such as how to verify member eligibility, Medicaid covered services, important contacts, and more), see the Medicaid Information option in the menu on left.
Xerox recently corrected an issue where the parent or spouse was found instead of the subscriber when the Medicare ID was sent as the subscriber ID in Loop 2010BA, data element NM09 on COBA claims.
The change was implemented on 02/23/2012, so the correct member will be found when the Medicare ID is submitted on any 837P COBA files received on or after this day.
We apologize for any inconvenience and ask providers to resubmit any claims that denied due to this issue. If you are submitting the claim directly to Xerox, the subscriber must be the 7-digit card ID or the 9-digit SSN; the Medicare ID will only be used to find the correct client when the claim comes directly from COBA.
This issue did not affect 837I COBA crossover claims.
EPSDT Indicator Issue
We recently corrected an issue where the EPSDT indicator sent on the 837P in Loop 2400, data element SV111 was not always captured.
This change was implemented on 02/23/2012, and the EPSDT indicator will be captured on any lines sent in 837P files on or after this day.
We apologize for any inconvenience and ask that providers resubmit any claims that denied or adjust any paid claims with denied lines or that had cost share taken incorrectly due to this issue.
Provider File Updates
Providers who have already completed their re-enrollment with Montana Health Care Programs in conjunction with the implementation of NPI do not need to complete a new enrollment if their information changes. If a re-enrolled provider needs to update their provider file (i.e., change of practice location, billing address, tax information, etc.), they should mail the new information to Provider Relations, P.O. Box 4936, Helena, MT 59604 or fax to 406.442.4402, Attention: Provider File Updates. Health care providers cwho have not yet re-enrolled with their NPI, or atypical providers for a new proprietary ID, should do so immediately.
NPI Required for Eligibility Verification
Providers must use their NPI when inquiring about member eligibility using FaxBack, the Voice Response system or the MATH web portal. If you are not yet enrolled with your NPI, please call Provider Relations at 1.800.624.3958.
Montana Medicaid strives to provide programs and improve billing capacity within our Tribal, Urban, and Indian Health Service clinics.
DPHHS is committed to improving the health of Montana’s Indian population. Every third Wednesday of the month, Tribal, Urban and IHS clinics discuss billing issues for Indian country with Medicaid staff for distinct sets of billings instructions and claims issues.
Our goal for these calls is to improve communication and keep an ongoing conversation revolved around billing, so everyone has the correct information.
For Tribal, Urban, or Indian Health Service billing questions contact:
John Hein, Medicaid Program Officer, 406.444.4349 or JHein@mt.gov
Lesa Evers, Tribal Relations Manager, 406.444.1813 or LEvers@mt.gov
Additional resources are available on the IHS page.