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Last Modified: 7/18/2016 Location: FL, PR, USVI Business: Part B

Spotlight on success

This Medicare billing manager says billing accuracy and timeliness are important to his EMS agency’s ability to provide life-saving services for its residents. Find out how he uses First Coast Service Options' provider data summary reports (PDS) to raise claim approval rates and improve his organization's bottom line.
Joe Scialdone--Escambia County Medical Services

Common claim denials -- Part B

Reduce your claim submission errors

The following is a listing of the most common reasons Medicare Part B claims are denied by First Coast Service Options Inc. (First Coast). These codes link to tips and resources to help you avoid and reduce many of these issues.
For a list of all possible codes and their definitions, refer to the Washington Publishing Company's website at external link.
Please share this information with all who need to know, such as your billing and IT staff, contracted billing service or clearinghouse, and software vendor. Correctly billing Medicare the first time saves everyone time and money.

Denial codes, descriptions, and tips or frequently-asked questions (FAQs)

Note: Under current guidelines, any reference to "UPIN" within the definitions of codes should be interpreted as "NPI."
Frequently-asked questions regarding claim denials -- click here
Other common tips on inquiries and denials -- click here

Additional tips

Use the following tips to help you find the answers you need about these additional topics:
Click here for questions about accessing claim status, patient eligibility (Medicare, MSP and Medicare Advantage [formerly Medicare HMO]), deductible information, and financial information (last three checks, month/year to date dollar amounts).
Did you review your batch detail control listing?
Claims submission errors may be obtained in a timely fashion through your electronic data interchange (EDI) gateway mailbox on a report titled batch detail control listing. Referring to this report will allow you to correct and resubmit claims quickly, resulting in a dramatically reduced turnaround time. This report will also inform you of any major problems with your claims, so they can be corrected before creating an interruption in your cash flow.
Did you know you can request your personalized Provider Data Summary (PDS) report?
The PDS is a free comprehensive billing report that helps identify potential Medicare billing issues through a detailed analysis of billing patterns in comparison with those of similar provider types. This report will assist in enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of your Medicare billing process.
Click here for instructions on how to access the PDS report through the Secure Provider Online Portal (SPOT).
Visit our Improve your billing page, which offers easy access to the PDS as well as an array of other helpful resources.
Source: First Coast's Provider Outreach and Education
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